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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.

I've recently had a lot of constituents getting in touch about Rupert Murdoch’s bid to buy Sky TV.

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is set to make a decision on whether she will refer the takeover to the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) for an in-depth investigation. Many people from Lewisham Deptford were concerned Karen Bradley may make this decision during the summer recess whilst Parliament is not sitting - leaving MPs unable to properly question her verdict. 

I have written this letter to Karen Bradley on behalf of the constituents who have contacted me about this matter:
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21st Century Fox's Proposed Takeover of Sky

I've recently had a lot of constituents getting in touch about Rupert Murdoch’s bid to buy Sky TV. Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is set to... Read more

Thanks to Unison’s court case, employees will no longer be charged unfair fees when taking their employers to court. 

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Employment Tribunal Fees

Thanks to Unison’s court case, employees will no longer be charged unfair fees when taking their employers to court.  Read more

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me recently regarding the UK Government’s commitment to spending 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) each year on Official Development Assistance.

As I am sure you are aware, during the 2010-15 Parliament, the UK became the first G7 country to enshrine in law a target to spend 0.7% of GNI on overseas aid and did so with cross-party support. The development and improvements in hundreds of millions of people’s lives that have resulted from this commitment have been a credit to humanity. For example, from 2010-15, British aid supported 11 million children through school and helped more than 60 million people to access clean water, better sanitation and improved hygiene conditions. UK support during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, meanwhile, halted the spread of the disease. Such achievements should be a source of pride for everyone in the UK. I therefore remain profoundly committed to spending 0.7% of GNI on overseas aid.

I share people’s concerns at recent questioning of the UK’s foreign aid budget. It is worrying that while the Government has committed to maintaining the 0.7% target, its plans also suggest a shift away from the current cross-party consensus on international development. For example, the Government has stated its intention to attempt to change international definitions of development assistance. It has further stated that if it fails to do this, it will change the law to allow it to use its own definition of development assistance. I am concerned that this is an attempt to use overseas aid intended for poverty reduction for things such as security and counter-terrorism, and to plug funding gaps in other departments.

It is vital that we continue to abide by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development definition of aid and use our overseas assistance to promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries. Abandoning this global standard would undermine the purpose of the 0.7% commitment and send the wrong message to the rest of the world.

0.7% Overseas Aid Target

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me recently regarding the UK Government’s commitment to spending 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) each year on Official Development Assistance. As I...

Many of you have contacted me with concerns about the continued detention of British prisoners in Iran. Last week I attended the Westminster Hall debate on British Prisoners in Iran, led by Tulip Siddiq MP. Earlier this year, I contacted the Foreign Secretary calling on him to take urgent action to secure the release of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe (a former resident of Brockley) and other detainees and I will continue to press the Government to take action on this issue. 

British Prisoners in Iran

Many of you have contacted me with concerns about the continued detention of British prisoners in Iran. Last week I attended the Westminster Hall debate on British Prisoners in Iran,... Read more

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

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