Vicky Foxcroft MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford

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Find out what I have been up to recently in Parliament and in Lewisham, or read my latest blog posts below.

Thank you to everyone who contacted me ahead of the second reading of Tim Loughton MP’s Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill on January 13th. Unfortunately I was not able to be in the Commons that day due to constituency commitments.

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Different Sex Civil Partnerships

Thank you to everyone who contacted me ahead of the second reading of Tim Loughton MP’s Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill on January 13th. Unfortunately I was not able... Read more

On Monday 6th February a Westminster Hall debate was held to discuss the domestic ivory trade. Ahead of the debate a number of constituents got in touch to ask me to attend. Unfortunately I was not able to be there due to other parliamentary commitments but I support a total ban on the trade.

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UK Domestic Ivory Trade - *Updated 01/03/17*

On Monday 6th February a Westminster Hall debate was held to discuss the domestic ivory trade. Ahead of the debate a number of constituents got in touch to ask me... Read more

A number of people have been in touch recently regarding Ian Mearns MP’s Early Day Motion calling for a statutory maximum workplace temperature. As an opposition whip I am unable to sign EDMs but I wanted to share my thoughts on this issue.

I know that a number of organisations, including several trade unions, have campaigned on this issue for a number of years. As the Trades Union Congress has stated, high temperature is a significant health issue and can cause dizziness, fainting and heat cramps, as well as increasing the risk of heat stroke or collapse. It can also lead to loss of concentration and increased tiredness, making workers more likely to put themselves or others at risk. I therefore agree that this is an important issue.

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In 2009 the Labour government asked the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to review the case for a maximum workplace temperature. While the report that the HSE produced was inconclusive, the government at the time stated that it was still actively considering the issue of a maximum temperature. However, in the last Parliament the coalition government stated that it had no plans to set a maximum temperature and the current Conservative government continues to argue that existing legislation and guidance on this issue is sufficient.

Prior to the 2015 general election my shadow frontbench colleagues committed to a review of excessive workplace temperatures and I believe that the government should consider such a review. In the meantime, I note that employers have a duty under the current regulations to ensure that workplaces remain at a reasonable temperature and to consult with employees and their representatives to establish sensible measures to cope with hot weather.

Maximum Workplace Temperature

A number of people have been in touch recently regarding Ian Mearns MP’s Early Day Motion calling for a statutory maximum workplace temperature. As an opposition whip I am unable...

Many people have recently been in touch with me with concerns about the ongoing conflict and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen. The civil war in Yemen has now been going on for almost two years. In that time, millions of people have been displaced and thousands of civilians have been killed. Before the war, Yemen was one of the poorest countries in the Arab world and this has dramatically worsened since. Much of Yemen’s infrastructure has been destroyed by airstrikes, including much of the Hudayah port disrupting the vital import of humanitarian supplies. Last year the world was shocked by pictures depicting the extent of the famine in Yemen, which is estimated to strongly affect at least 80% of the population.

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Air strikes in Sana'a, Yemen in 2015

The Conflict in Yemen and Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia *Updated 6/3/2017*

Many people have recently been in touch with me with concerns about the ongoing conflict and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen. The civil war in Yemen has now been going... Read more

TfL are proposing to extend the Bakerloo line beyond Elephant & Castle to Lewisham, in order to serve Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate. Progressing with these proposals was a manifesto pledge made by the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, who has committed to complete the extension by 2028/2029.

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A consultation on extending the Bakerloo line has opened today and is due to close on 21st April. 

You can contribute to the consultation by filling in the online questionnaire and I encourage you to have your say on these proposals. Alternatively, there will be several drop in sessions happening in Lewisham Deptford over the period of the consultation:

New Cross Gate:
The Refectory, Goldsmiths University, 8 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, ground floor of the Richard Hoggart Building

Friday 3 March from 11:00 to 20:00

New Cross Learning, 283-285 New Cross Road, London SE14 6AS

Saturday 18 March from 10:00 to 16:00

Lewisham:
Lewisham Shopping Centre, Information point, Molesworth Street, Lewisham, London SE13 7HB

Thursday 23 February from 11:00 to 19:00
Saturday 8 April from 10:00 to 16:00


For more information, you can visit the TfL website. The proposals are listed in more detail here.

 

Bakerloo Line Extension Consultation - Closes 21/04/17

TfL are proposing to extend the Bakerloo line beyond Elephant & Castle to Lewisham, in order to serve Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate. Progressing with these proposals was...

The Government’s proposed new funding formula will see schools in my constituency suffer massively. Across the country, the average loss per primary school pupil by 2020 is £339, in Lewisham Deptford it’s 40% more than that at £558. Secondary schools in my constituency will also suffer hugely, with an average loss of £717 per pupil by 2020.

I support the idea that all schools should receive fair funding. However, simply taking money away from existing schools and redistributing it, when budgets all across the country are being cut, is not the answer. School budgets are facing the highest real-term cuts since the 1970s. We cannot afford to see essential services cut, staff cut, the curriculum being cut, and specialist support being cut.

A lack of funding in the system will be damaging to the community. In a time when we should be aiming to do everything in our power to close the attainment gap, I fear this will only widen it.  

School Funding Cuts

The Government’s proposed new funding formula will see schools in my constituency suffer massively. Across the country, the average loss per primary school pupil by 2020 is £339, in Lewisham... Read more

Recently I’ve had dozens of people getting in touch about nurses pay. People are rightly outraged that nurses, who are doing an incredibly demanding job and working anti-social hours in increasing difficult circumstances, have seen a real terms drop in earnings of up to 14%.
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Nursing Pay

Recently I’ve had dozens of people getting in touch about nurses pay. People are rightly outraged that nurses, who are doing an incredibly demanding job and working anti-social hours in... Read more

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Hundreds of my constituents have got in touch to express their dismay and disappointment at the result of the EU referendum. Most people who know me know I campaigned hard for us to stay in the EU. But unfortunately we lost the referendum. We can debate how the leave campaign handled themselves during the process of the referendum, but for now I want to touch on one area.

Following last week’s Supreme Court ruling, Parliament will have to take a decision as to whether to invoke Article 50 or not. Until very recently I have said that I am inclined to vote against triggering Article 50, but that I thought it important to hear from people post the referendum. I've received more than 1800 emails and letters to date, over 95% of which have been from constituents urging me to vote against triggering Article 50.

Brexit Bill - Why I Will Vote Against Triggering Article 50

Hundreds of my constituents have got in touch to express their dismay and disappointment at the result of the EU referendum. Most people who know me know I campaigned hard... Read more

This afternoon I gave the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, the opportunity to condemn the entry ban President Trump has recently imposed on seven majority Muslim countries, which the President has flimsily justified under the pretext of national security. Unfortunately the Secretary of State failed to remotely criticise the policy, which has been denounced by the UN as illegal under human rights law, instead choosing to focus only on the impact it has so far had on British citizens. 

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Defence Secretary fails to condemn Trump's inflammatory entry ban

This afternoon I gave the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, the opportunity to condemn the entry ban President Trump has recently imposed on seven majority Muslim countries, which... Read more

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NHS Winter Crisis

There is a huge level of concern from the public and NHS staff about the crisis we are seeing and it’s insulting that Government aren’t taking it seriously.  Read more

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