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.

Ketsia Mukobo is a resident of New Cross and currently studying A levels in English, French and Politics. Last week she spent two days in Parliament and three days in Vicky’s constituency office for her work experience. On her last day, she wrote this blog about her time in an MP's office.

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Vicky and Ketsia in the Opposition Whips office.

Ketsia Mukobo: My work experience

Ketsia Mukobo is a resident of New Cross and currently studying A levels in English, French and Politics. Last week she spent two days in Parliament and three days in... Read more

Since the election I have received a number of emails and campaign cards from members of Equity and the Musicians' Union raising concerns about the impact that Brexit may have on the creative industries.

I totally agree that the creative industries make a vital contribution to our economy and national life. I studied performing arts myself at college so this is a subject which is close to my heart.  The possible introduction of work permissions and/or visas could definitely have a detrimental impact on British performers touring and working in Europe.

The Government has said that it recognises that the UK music industry is a global leader and that it will be working closely with the industry to ensure the UK gets the best deal for British music, both in Europe and around the world. During the last Parliament, the Government also indicated that it would like free movement of all people connected with the arts to be a priority for negotiations with the EU.

I believe that the Government must adopt an approach to Brexit that protects jobs, trade and the economy and at the General Election I stood on a manifesto which committed to putting the creative sector at the centre of Brexit negotiations and our future industrial strategy. I certainly understand the serious concerns that the creative industries have about Brexit, from the potential loss of EU funding streams, to the ability of artists to travel and perform and the impact on intellectual property rights.

It is vital that we get the right deal on these issues in order to ensure our creative industries are not shackled by Brexit. I would like the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to be represented on the Brexit cabinet committee so that the creative industries have a voice in government on the crucial decisions that will affect the Brexit negotiations.

I also hope that the Government will consider including representatives of the workforce on the Creative Industries Council.

I can assure you that I will continue to stand up for our creative sector as we negotiate our exit from the EU.

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Brexit & the Creative Industries

Since the election I have received a number of emails and campaign cards from members of Equity and the Musicians' Union raising concerns about the impact that Brexit may have...

Today the government announced there will be a full inquiry into how thousands of people were infected with hepatitis C and HIV following blood transfusions in the 70s and 80s. This came ahead of an emergency debate called for by Diana Johnson MP.

Diana’s brilliant leadership on this over the past 7 years has been a big part of the reason why we are now seeing a full inquiry. She has continuously raised the issue and campaigned on behalf of victims.

A survivor of the scandal lives in Lewisham Deptford. They have been an active member of the campaign for justice and got in touch with me just after my election in 2015. I’ve had meetings with them and taken their case and questions forward to Parliament.

I’ll be making sure I follow the inquiry closely so victims can get the truth and justice they deserve.

If you have been affected by this please do get in touch. 

Contaminated Blood Scandal

Today the government announced there will be a full inquiry into how thousands of people were infected with hepatitis C and HIV following blood transfusions in the 70s and 80s....

After the tragic fire in Grenfell Tower, I have been trying to find out as much information as possible about the safety of tower blocks in Lewisham Deptford. I have written to Lewisham Council, the Government and local housing associations about fire safety, attended meetings for residents of Gerrard House in Telegraph Hill and Hatfield Close, as well as visiting Tenants Resident Associations in Daubeney Tower and Eddystone Tower. Tests are still underway for some buildings and they all have fire safety wardens on site 24 hours of the day. 

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Grenfell Tower fire: We need answers and we need reform for our tower blocks

After the tragic fire in Grenfell Tower, I have been trying to find out as much information as possible about the safety of tower blocks in Lewisham Deptford. I have... Read more

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me both before and after the general election to raise their concerns about sentencing for animal cruelty. I am aware that several organisations, including the League Against Cruel Sports and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, have expressed concern that sentences they do not always appear to match the abuse suffered by the animals, especially in the case of extreme cruelty such as dog fighting. I agree that any sentences given by the courts must reflect the seriousness of these crimes. It is important that we send out a strong and powerful message that animal cruelty must stop.

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The Government is yet to make any significant changes in this area and recently stated that it has no plans to introduce an animal abusers register. I believe that ministers should consider increasing magistrates’ sentencing powers and ensuring that the most serious cases of animal abuse are heard at the Crown Court. Any review should consider the prevalence of these offences and whether the current sentencing guidance is being applied properly.

As many of you will know, two Private Members’ Bills were introduced during the last Parliament with the aim of increasing the maximum sentences available for the offences of animal fighting and animal cruelty. The Animal Fighting (Sentencing) Bill and the Animal Cruelty (Sentencing) Bill were scheduled to have their Second Reading debates on Friday 24th February 2017, but this was objected to in both cases. The bills were relisted for 24th March but they were very low on the order paper and unfortunately therefore had no chance of being debated.

I would like to reassure my constituents that my Labour Party colleagues and I support efforts to increase sentences for those convicted of animal abuse and will continue to press for clear and enforceable penalties against anyone who commits animal cruelty offences. 

Animal Cruelty Sentencing

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me both before and after the general election to raise their concerns about sentencing for animal cruelty. I am aware that several organisations,...

The Department for Transport is currently seeking responses from the public to their consultation on the future of the South East rail franchise. The deadline has been extended and the consultation now runs until Friday 30th June so make sure you have your say before it closes.

Have your say: My response to the South East rail franchise consultation

The Department for Transport is currently seeking responses from the public to their consultation on the future of the South East rail franchise. The deadline has been extended and the... Read more

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, Notting Hill in the early hours of this morning, I have written to Lewisham Council, a number of local housing associations and the Government.

At this early stage, it is unclear what the cause of this fire may have been, but preventing a tragedy such as this is of paramount importance to local authorities and emergency services across the country.

In my letter below, I have asked Lewisham Council to ensure that all is being done to prevent this from happening:

 

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UPDATE: In response to my letter and concerns raised by other representatives in Lewisham, Kevin Sheehan, Executive Director for Customer Services, has written the below letter outlining the action Lewisham Council is taking with its partners to ensure the safety of Lewisham residents:

 

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My letter to Lewisham Council following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, Notting Hill

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, Notting Hill in the early hours of this morning, I have written to Lewisham Council, a number of local housing associations and the...

I will be re-standing to be the MP for Lewisham Deptford, in the hopes of continuing to represent my local community and voice the issues we face at a national level.

It has been an honour to represent my local area these past two years. We have a lot to be proud of: our diverse community, our independent businesses and our thriving art sector. But it has been a battle against a Conservative Government that seem to have no care for our vital services.

I’ve had to fight to protect our local hospital, our fire station and services for the homeless. I will continue to fight for our post offices, our nurseries, our transport and our schools. In Parliament, I will always challenge disgusting policies such as the 'bedroom tax' and the Government’s shameful decision to refuse help to unaccompanied child refugees. 

Austerity has not worked for the country and it has not worked for Lewisham Deptford. The Government has failed to meet their deficit target year after year and locally we've seen a rise in youth violence, homelessness and child poverty. 

Under a Labour Government it would be different. We know Labour will support our services, our rights and our jobs. We would see our education system properly funded, a minimum wage worth working for, and a benefit system that does not attack the most vulnerable people in society. These are the policies I want to see implemented and this is what I will be campaigning for between now and polling day on June 8th.

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General Election 2017

I will be re-standing to be the MP for Lewisham Deptford, in the hopes of continuing to represent my local community and voice the issues we face at a national...

I recently received several emails from constituents regarding the "Tampon Tax" fund, after news that the Government decided to award the anti-abortion charity 'Life' £250,000 from the VAT levied on sanitary products.

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Review Tampon Tax grant awarded to anti-abortion group *Updated 24/04/2017*

I recently received several emails from constituents regarding the "Tampon Tax" fund, after news that the Government decided to award the anti-abortion charity 'Life' £250,000 from the VAT levied on... Read more

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A number of local taxi drivers have contacted me regarding recent media reports concerning David Cameron and George Osborne’s relationship with Uber.

The revelations suggest that these close ties could have an impact on Transport for London and City Hall policy after Boris Johnson reportedly bowed to pressure during his time as mayor and did not go ahead with implementing proposed changes to London’s taxi and private hire industry.

I am aware that tensions have been rising between mini cab, Uber and black cab drivers over recent years and am pleased that our current mayor, Sadiq Khan, is making an impact in this area through his introduction of English language tests for private hire drivers, his employment of more than one hundred new enforcement officer and his plans to create more taxi rank across the city. As you may know, City Hall and Transport for London are also pushing central government for additional powers to enable them to tackle the issue of cross-border hiring.

As requested by constituents, I have now written to the Prime Minister asking her government to investigate the relationship between her predecessor, the former Chancellor and Uber and to ask that the findings be made public. I have also stated that the government should closely examine the impact that Uber is having on passenger safety, fair competition and drivers’ pay and working conditions. 

Uber Links to 10 Downing Street

A number of local taxi drivers have contacted me regarding recent media reports concerning David Cameron and George Osborne’s relationship with Uber. The revelations suggest that these close ties could...

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