Vicky Foxcroft MP

Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford

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

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A number of constituents have been in touch about StepChange and The Children’s Society’s campaign to create a statutory breathing space scheme for families in debt. The proposed scheme would give people a period without interest, charges or debt collection activity while they seek advice and try to improve their financial situation. 

In 2015 the Government accepted the need to conduct an in-depth review of this by the end of the year. Disappointingly, that review is still ongoing.

Personal debt can cause very serious problems. I am concerned that many young people are facing a lifetime of debt and uncertainty whilst the Government is not going far enough to protect families from falling into unmanageable debt. 

Total household debt rose to £1,834 billion at the end of September 2016. While prices are rising, earnings are still below where they were before the financial crash and many people are struggling to make ends meet. 

I hope that the Government will listen closely to the very serious concerns raised by this campaign.

Protecting Children from Debt

A number of constituents have been in touch about StepChange and The Children’s Society’s campaign to create a statutory breathing space scheme for families in debt. The proposed scheme would...

Earlier this week Save The Children held a lobby in Parliament about the need for investment in England's nurseries. Many people from the constituency came along to share their views and information. nurserylobby.jpg

The Government Needs To Invest In Our Nursery Schools

Earlier this week Save The Children held a lobby in Parliament about the need for investment in England's nurseries. Many people from the constituency came along to share their views... Read more

The Government recently announced that the Dubs scheme will end after resettling only 350 unaccompanied children.

Shameful Decision To Stop The Dubs Scheme

The Government recently announced that the Dubs scheme will end after resettling only 350 unaccompanied children. Read more

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Royal Mail’s popular Christmas Stamp Competition is returning for 2017. The competition gives primary school and home-schooled children the chance to design some of the official Christmas stamps for this year. 

Royal Mail Christmas Stamp Competition 2017

Royal Mail’s popular Christmas Stamp Competition is returning for 2017. The competition gives primary school and home-schooled children the chance to design some of the official Christmas stamps for this... Read more

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I know that many of my constituents are keen supporters of animal welfare campaigns and recently I have received a large number of emails calling for a ban on fur imports.

I welcomed the ban on fur farming in the UK and the last Labour Government’s 2006 Animal Welfare Act which put into law the most fundamental piece of animal welfare legislation for nearly a century. The act set legal minimum standards for animal welfare and tougher penalties for cruelty against animals. It also introduced a new duty of care on people to ensure the needs of any animal for which they are responsible, and made it an offence to cause unnecessary suffering to any animal.

Fur Imports

I know that many of my constituents are keen supporters of animal welfare campaigns and recently I have received a large number of emails calling for a ban on fur... Read more

I have recently received many emails from constituents with grave concerns about the building of illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. I was unfortunately unavailable to attend the debate on settlements earlier this month, but this is an issue which I also have strong concerns about.

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Israeli Settlements

I have recently received many emails from constituents with grave concerns about the building of illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. I was unfortunately unavailable... Read more

Plans to close and franchise 37 Crown Post Offices across the country have been announced by the Post Office LTD. One of the Post Offices listed for closure is New Cross Gate. 

I’ve met with local union representatives and also with local councillors about the closure, offering support to the campaign to keep the Post Office open. 

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New Cross Gate Post Office Must Be Saved

Plans to close and franchise 37 Crown Post Offices across the country have been announced by the Post Office LTD. One of the Post Offices listed for closure is New Cross... Read more

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My constituents understandably have many concerns about how Brexit will affect our relationships with other countries. One recent campaign has highlighted the potential impact on trade with developing countries. I agree that this is an important issue. As the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make clear, international trade has an important role to play in sustainable development.

Make Trade Fair Post-Brexit

My constituents understandably have many concerns about how Brexit will affect our relationships with other countries. One recent campaign has highlighted the potential impact on trade with developing countries. I... Read more

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Thank you to the constituents who have contacted me about the “serious malfunction” which resulted in a Trident missile heading for the United States instead of its intended target off the west coast of Africa.

As you may be aware, I voted against the renewal of Trident in July 2016 and would like to see greater progress towards a world without nuclear weapons. I agree that this incident was incredibly concerning.

I am aware that one of my colleagues has tabled an Early Day Motion calling for an inquiry into what went wrong but unfortunately as an opposition whip I am unable to sign it.

I can, however, confirm that I have now written to the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP, to pass on your concerns. 

Inquiry into Trident Missile Test

Thank you to the constituents who have contacted me about the “serious malfunction” which resulted in a Trident missile heading for the United States instead of its intended target off...

Thank you if you've contacted me about Sex and Relationship Education (SRE). Like many constituents, it’s something I’m passionate about – and very keen to see change on. I believe age-appropriate SRE should be a statutory subject in all state-funded schools. Teaching young people about the social and emotional aspects of healthy relationships could be hugely valuable and has never been so important.
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Sex and Relationship Education

Thank you if you've contacted me about Sex and Relationship Education (SRE). Like many constituents, it’s something I’m passionate about – and very keen to see change on. I believe... Read more

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