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.

The week before last we saw Theresa May officially trigger Article 50.

Which means Labour must now hold the Government to account in their negotiations on our exit from the European Union.

It's important that people are listened to and your voices are heard, which is why I have created this survey to get a clearer understanding of local people's views. Please do feel free to share the survey with other people in Lewisham, as I want to hear from as many people as possible.

You can access the survey by clicking HERE, or copying and pasting this link: https://goo.gl/forms/Zwur6LZypB25xIqj2.

It should take no longer than five minutes. 

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Brexit Survey

The week before last we saw Theresa May officially trigger Article 50. Which means Labour must now hold the Government to account in their negotiations on our exit from the...

A number of constituents have contacted me recently asking me to support the lowering of the bowel cancer screening age to 50.

Early diagnosis is of course critical to improving cancer survival. The UK National Screening Committee, which advises ministers and the NHS about all aspects of population screening, recommended faecal occult blood testing should be extended to those aged 50 to 74. I know the Government has already received Parliamentary Questions on this issue, and a related online petition has been signed by more than 274,000 people. I hope the Government considers this carefully when responding. 

I believe investment in local screening programmes can make a real difference to the nation’s health. However, the Government has pushed ahead with short-sighted cuts to public health budgets without considering the impact on people’s health. This is a false economy and I believe the NHS and social care sector must be provided with the funding that is desperately needed.

I wrote to the Department of Health about this issue back in February and received the below response from David Mowat MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (the response has been edited to remove a constituent's personal details).

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Bowel Cancer Screening

A number of constituents have contacted me recently asking me to support the lowering of the bowel cancer screening age to 50. Early diagnosis is of course critical to improving...

Many people have been in touch with me outraged with the Government’s changes to eligibility for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and dozens have shared their stories of how they are personally affected by the changes. Constituents who already find themselves in difficult positions, have had their situations worsened after seeing significant changes to their income.  
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Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Many people have been in touch with me outraged with the Government’s changes to eligibility for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and dozens have shared their stories of how they are... Read more

Lots of people have been writing to me about Government's decision to scrap bursaries for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions and replace them with a loan system. It's something I strongly oppose and therefore have decided to write to Jeremy Hunt. 

Removal of Student Bursaries

Lots of people have been writing to me about Government's decision to scrap bursaries for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions and replace them with a loan system. It's something I strongly... Read more

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The protection of bees and current European ban on neonictinoids is a subject which continues to be of concern to a large number of people in Lewisham Deptford.

I last posted my views on the subject here.

The European Commission is currently reviewing the evidence on neonicotinoids and is expected to complete its assessment by November 2017. However, there are draft proposals for a full ban on the three most commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides that could be voted on by EU member states as early as May 2017. My Labour colleagues and I will follow developments on this closely.

The Government has said that current regulations for our environment – including the ban on neonicotinoids – will remain in place until we leave the EU, adding that it is “considering future arrangements for pesticides”, but I am concerned that many environmental protections are at risk following the outcome of the referendum.

It is vital that the Government takes a science-led approach to pesticide use and considers how best to support farmers, protect wildlife and reverse the decline of pollinators. 

Bees Update - April 2017

The protection of bees and current European ban on neonictinoids is a subject which continues to be of concern to a large number of people in Lewisham Deptford. I last...

Earlier this month, major trauma surgeon at King's College Hospital Dr Duncan Bew stated his surgical team now treat more young patients with stab wounds than they do patients for appendicitis. He also stated that the stab injuries he sees have become more ferocious and more frequent. This is the tip of the iceberg and we urgently need to see a public health approach to tackling youth violence.

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When will we see a public health approach to youth violence?

Earlier this month, major trauma surgeon at King's College Hospital Dr Duncan Bew stated his surgical team now treat more young patients with stab wounds than they do patients for... Read more

Last week I spoke at a National Fair Funding for All Schools event at Edmund Waller Primary School in my Lewisham Deptford constituency. It was a public forum for parents, teachers, governors and councillors, organised to raise awareness about the proposed cuts to schools’ budgets.

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Photo courtesy of Inez Murphy.

Fair Funding for Schools - My South London Press column

Last week I spoke at a National Fair Funding for All Schools event at Edmund Waller Primary School in my Lewisham Deptford constituency. It was a public forum for parents, teachers, governors... Read more

Find out more about Action for Refugees in Lewisham and how to support their recent Food Bank crowdfunding campaign.

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Action for Refugees in Lewisham - Support AFRIL'S Food Bank Crowdfunding Campaign

Find out more about Action for Refugees in Lewisham and how to support their recent Food Bank crowdfunding campaign. Read more

On Wednesday I attended an event in Parliament hosted by Anthony Nolan to show my support for the blood cancer charity’s successful campaign to fund a lifesaving treatment.

The ‘Defend Second Transplants’ campaign was started after NHS England announced last July it would no longer routinely fund second stem cell transplants for people whose blood cancer or blood disorder relapses, effectively denying patients a cure.

The campaign received a huge level of public support: more than 25,000 people took action by signing an open letter to the Secretary of State for Health, writing to their MP, or signing a petition calling for NHS England’s decision to be reversed.

In response to the Anthony Nolan campaign, on 24th February NHS England announced new funding for second transplants, providing hope for up to 20 patients annually in England whose blood cancer or blood disorder relapses after a year or more.

Speaking to patients and experts at Anthony Nolan brings home just how important funding for second transplants is – thanks to this campaign people with blood cancer and blood disorders, whose disease relapses, have been given another chance of life.

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Anthony Nolan 'Defend Second Transplants' Campaign

On Wednesday I attended an event in Parliament hosted by Anthony Nolan to show my support for the blood cancer charity’s successful campaign to fund a lifesaving treatment. The ‘Defend...

On Saturday I visited St Mary the Virgin church on Lewisham High Street for the official launch of the church's therapeutic garden. The aim of the project, set up jointly by St Mary's and Lewisham’s Integrated Psychological Therapies Team, is to foster mental well-being through gardening. It also has the added advantage of transforming an area of green space which has been somewhat neglected in recent times.

BBC Gardener's World presenter Flo Headlam was there to dig the first turf and we were joined by Father Steve Hall (Vicar of St Mary's), Councillor Stella Jeffrey and Carmine De Rosa from South London and Maudsley Mental Health Trust, as well as the project's team of dedicated volunteers.

This a fantastic idea and I hope that many people will use the garden as a calm space for reflection and contemplation, as well as giving something back to the community by helping to maintain it.

More details are available on the St Mary's website: http://www.lewishamparish.com/garden.html

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Visit to St Mary's Therapeutic Garden

On Saturday I visited St Mary the Virgin church on Lewisham High Street for the official launch of the church's therapeutic garden. The aim of the project, set up jointly...

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