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Vicky Foxcroft MP

Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford

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You can find out what I have been up to in Parliament and my work in Lewisham, or read my latest blog posts below.

Many people have contacted me recently with concerns about misleading food labelling on meat and dairy products.

I share concerns about this as a consumer rights issue and I believe that new proposals on food labelling are needed to ensure that consumers know exactly what they are buying, including the country of origin and method of production.

We must also prioritise a sustainable, long-term future for our farming, fishing and food industries. This means we cannot allow Brexit to be used as an excuse for food standards to be reduced or to allow cheap and inferior produce to flood the UK market.

I also believe we should reconfigure funds for farming to promote sustainable practices so that the industry can thrive and succeed while benefitting local communities.

At the 2017 General Election, I stood on a manifesto which pledged to consult on better ways to ensure agreed standards are better enforced.

I can assure you that I will continue to call for action to promote a humane and sustainable British farming system and also press for our existing environmental and animal welfare standards to be retained and strengthened once we have left the EU.

Food labelling of meat and dairy products

Many people have contacted me recently with concerns about misleading food labelling on meat and dairy products. I share concerns about this as a consumer rights issue and I believe...

After recently meeting with Clyde Nursery, I raised the importance of early years education in Parliament - and why we cannot afford to lose it.

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The importance of early years education

After recently meeting with Clyde Nursery, I raised the importance of early years education in Parliament - and why we cannot afford to lose it. Read more

As some of you may be aware, the governors of Childeric Primary School in New Cross are currently consulting on whether the school should become part of a multi-academy trust.

I thought I would share my own response here. If you would like to make your own submission, you can send it to the following address: Chair of Governors, Childeric Primary School, Childeric Road, London SE14 6DG.

Please note the closing date for responses is 27th April 2018.

A petition opposing academisation has also been set up. You can sign it here.

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Childeric Primary School Consultation

As some of you may be aware, the governors of Childeric Primary School in New Cross are currently consulting on whether the school should become part of a multi-academy trust....

On Tuesday 13th March the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered his Spring Statement to Parliament.

I have learnt never to expect good news from the current Government, and the Chancellor did not disappoint. His statement was nothing short of a disaster for local communities.

South London Press Column 23rd March

On Tuesday 13th March the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered his Spring Statement to Parliament. I have learnt never to expect good news from the current Government, and the Chancellor did... Read more

On Friday 16th March I spoke in the Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill. I know this is something a lot of you care deeply about as I have received hundreds of emails about it over the last few months. I am delighted to report that the Bill has progressed to Committee Stage.

You can watch my speech in full here:

Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill March 16th

On Friday 16th March I spoke in the Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill. I know this is something a lot of you care deeply about as I have received hundreds of emails...

In Prime Minister's Questions today I asked the Prime Minister to immediately legislate to ensure knives are never on display in shops.

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PMQs: Sale of knives

In Prime Minister's Questions today I asked the Prime Minister to immediately legislate to ensure knives are never on display in shops. Read more

Despite strong local opposition, the NHS walk-in clinic at the Waldron Heath Centre will close on Saturday 31st March. All other services at the centre will remain open.

Lewisham CCG is advising people to follow the below advice and ensure they are using the right service.

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New Cross Walk-In Centre to Close Saturday 31st March

Despite strong local opposition, the NHS walk-in clinic at the Waldron Heath Centre will close on Saturday 31st March. All other services at the centre will remain open.Lewisham CCG is...

A lot of people have been contacting me this week about the Unpaid Trial Work Periods Bill, which is due to have its second reading on Friday 16th March.

As many of you may know, prior to becoming an MP I spent many years as a trade union official and have long campaigned for the protection and strengthening of employment rights. I therefore share concerns about the exploitation of ‘trial shifts’ whereby businesses can employ workers for up to 40 hours of unpaid work.

Unpaid Work Trials

A lot of people have been contacting me this week about the Unpaid Trial Work Periods Bill, which is due to have its second reading on Friday 16th March. As... Read more

On Friday 2nd March, several Southeastern trains were stranded for hours outside Lewisham station due to the severe weather conditions. This happened at peak time and many of the carriages were overcrowded. Some passengers took matters into their own hands and self-evacuated from these trains, directly on to the tracks. We are lucky no one died.
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Stranded Southeastern trains

On Friday 2nd March, several Southeastern trains were stranded for hours outside Lewisham station due to the severe weather conditions. This happened at peak time and many of the carriages... Read more

The ongoing conflict in Yemen continues to be an issue of high concern to many people in Lewisham Deptford.

The visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the UK has rightly drawn attention to the ongoing suffering and dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, where over 10,000 people have been killed since 2014 and several million are at risk of famine.

I have previously expressed my deep concern about potential violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) in Yemen, including air strikes on civilians by the Saudi-led coalition which you can read here.

I firmly believe that we need an independent, UN-led investigation into these alleged violations and that the Government should impose an immediate suspension on any further arms sales for use in the Yemen conflict until such an investigation has concluded.

Human rights should be at the heart of our foreign policy and it is vital that a peaceful, negotiated resolution can be urgently secured.

I can assure my constituents that my Labour colleagues and I will continue to pressure the Government to use its influence to secure a UN resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire and resumption of peace talks in Yemen. I will be keeping my website updated on any further developments.  

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Yemen

The ongoing conflict in Yemen continues to be an issue of high concern to many people in Lewisham Deptford.The visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the UK has...

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