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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 in my constituency have been back in touch with me recently with concerns over the protection of bees and current European ban on neonicotinoids.

Whilst the European Commission is expected to complete its assessment on this issue by November 2017, I’d like to re-affirm my views on this very important issue (stated here).

Draft proposals for a full ban on the three most commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides could be voted on by EU member states as early as May 2017.

This June Conservative MEP, Julie Girling, attempted to block the full ban on neonictinoids – though thankfully, this was rejected by the European Parliament’s environment committee.

I will continue to follow this issue closely and anticipate a full ban is indeed enacted.

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Bees Update - October 2017

Many people in my constituency have been back in touch with me recently with concerns over the protection of bees and current European ban on neonicotinoids. Whilst the European Commission...

While Parliament was in recess over the summer, I had more time to focus on some of the areas I care most about. This summer I have been working with the Youth Violence Commission's (YVC) strategic and academic partners in order to organise our next steps.

Getting to the root cause of youth violence

While Parliament was in recess over the summer, I had more time to focus on some of the areas I care most about. This summer I have been working with... Read more

Thank you to everyone who emailed me regarding the second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. As always, I have received hundreds of emails from constituents who voted to remain in the EU and (like me) have major concerns about Brexit.
 
My Labour colleagues and I believe that, as drafted, this bill is fatally flawed. It puts huge and unaccountable power into the hands of government ministers, side-lines Parliament on key decisions and puts crucial rights and protections at risk. Far from bringing control back to Parliament, it would result in a power-grab for Tory Ministers.

As you may already be aware, on Monday evening I voted against allowing the bill to progress to the next stage. Unfortunately, the Tories managed to scrape together enough votes to pass it by 326 votes to 290. We must now seek to amend this deeply flawed bill during the committee stage. MPs (including some senior Tory backbenchers) have already tabled more than 150 amendments.

On Tuesday night the Government attempted another power grab, this time looking to side-line opposition in Parliament by rigging the select committee system so that they are guaranteed a majority on each committee.
 
Previous governments have passed motions to ensure they retain a majority on committees, but they have always been linked to the Government maintaining an overall majority in the House of Commons. As you know, the current Tory Government does not have a majority in the House and is relying on its agreement with the DUP.
 
Despite our best attempts, the Government also won this vote by 320 to 301.
 
The minority Tory Government is fast losing its moral authority and the very people who told us Brexit was about restoring parliamentary sovereignty are now voting through measures that will side-line Parliament and grant ministers unprecedented powers.
  
Labour recognises that legislation is needed to ensure there are no gaps or drop in rights and protections as we leave the EU. But I can assure you that we will not give the Government a blank cheque to drive through this divisive and deficient bill.

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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill Vote

Thank you to everyone who emailed me regarding the second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. As always, I have received hundreds of emails from constituents who voted to...

We’re looking for someone to join our constituency office team in Deptford full-time. The successful candidate will be a fast learner who is comfortable working independently in a busy and demanding environment.

The closing date for applications is Friday 15th September (5.00pm).

Full details are available here: http://www.w4mpjobs.org/JobDetails.aspx?jobid=62479

To apply, send a covering letter (max 1 side A4) and CV (max 2 sides A4) to vicky.foxcroft.mp@parliament.uk.

If you have any questions, please email the office or call us on 020 8469 4638.

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Caseworker Vacancy

We’re looking for someone to join our constituency office team in Deptford full-time. The successful candidate will be a fast learner who is comfortable working independently in a busy and...

We’ve decided to get Lewisham Station User Group up and going, starting with a meeting on Thursday 21st September at 7pm. The meeting will be held at St Stephen’s Church, Lewisham High St, London SE13 5AF, right by the station.WhatsApp_Image_2017-08-30_at_10.34.09.jpeg

Lewisham Station User Group

We’ve decided to get Lewisham Station User Group up and going, starting with a meeting on Thursday 21st September at 7pm. The meeting will be held at St Stephen’s Church,... Read more

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Puppy Smuggling

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Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust, a local charity for homeless women aged 16-25, is recruiting teams of 2-4 people to join their Fun Relay Run at Hilly Fields on 17th September 2017.

The race starts at 11.00am and is free to enter. The trust is hoping to raise £8000 towards the cost of employing their cook, who provides healthy meals for the hostel residents.

For further details or to register your team, email mpmtrelay@gmail.com or call Rebecca on 020 8691 5911.

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Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust Fun Run

Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust, a local charity for homeless women aged 16-25, is recruiting teams of 2-4 people to join their Fun Relay Run at Hilly Fields on 17th September...

Many constituents have written to me about the inhumane handling of asylum claims involving allegations of torture.

I see the Home Office’s poor treatment of people daily. The Government is leaving people in limbo awaiting decisions and in too many cases making the wrong decisions. This leaves people unable to properly integrate into society as they should be allowed.

The Government’s treatment of people claiming asylum and of refugees is not that of a civilised country. I recently raised this in Parliament, asking what steps the Secretary of State for International Development are taking to protect women refugees against exploitation and sexual violence. Not enough is being done to protect these vulnerable people whilst they are seeking help.
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Torture and Asylum

Many constituents have written to me about the inhumane handling of asylum claims involving allegations of torture. I see the Home Office’s poor treatment of people daily. The Government is... Read more

Since becoming the MP for Lewisham Deptford I have been working to reinvigorate Deptford First, a local charity which provides small grants to organisations and local people in need.

We are holding a tea party and networking event at All Saints Community Centre (105 New Cross Road SE14 5DJ) on Thursday 7th September 18.00-20.00 and would love to see a wide variety of local organisations and community members there.

The committee will be there to welcome you and to chat about ideas for the future. We have chosen to focus on homelessness in the coming months and are particularly keen to connect with organisations working in that area.

If you would like to come along please register via our Eventbrite page and let us know which organisation you are representing. Please also feel free to share this invitation with any other organisations working in the constituency that you think might be interested in coming along.

I very much hope to see you there. If you have any queries, please get in touch via info@deptfordfirst.org.uk

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Deptford First Tea Party 2017

Since becoming the MP for Lewisham Deptford I have been working to reinvigorate Deptford First, a local charity which provides small grants to organisations and local people in need. We...

I’ve recently been contacted by lots of people from the constituency about the environmental protections.

Like myself, they are aware that leaving the EU has many different consequences. Our laws aren’t only embedded in EU structure, but they’re also monitored and enforced by a range of EU institutions.lewishamenv.jpg

Environmental Laws

I’ve recently been contacted by lots of people from the constituency about the environmental protections. Like myself, they are aware that leaving the EU has many different consequences. Our laws... Read more

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