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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 constituents have been in touch with me recently regarding the Trade Bill, which received its second reading in the House of Commons on 9 January. The Bill arises from the Government’s decision to leave the customs union and therefore the need to establish provisions relating to our trade arrangements once the UK ceases to be a member of the European Union.

Labour is committed to transparency in trade policy, with full parliamentary scrutiny of future UK trade and investment agreements. However, the Government has published a Trade Bill that seeks to concentrate power in the hands of the executive, against the interests of Parliament and of wider democracy.

I believe it is important that trade negotiations are informed by a prior comprehensive, independent sustainability impact assessment of the social, economic and environmental consequences of any potential deal. I believe that there should also be consultation with industry groups and civil society organisations.

The current Trade Bill however fails establish a suitable framework for future trade agreements, setting out only time-limited arrangements intending to replace current EU arrangements in the meantime. 

Nevertheless, I can assure that I and my Labour colleagues will keep up pressure on the Government on any proposed upcoming trade agreements and ensure they are scrutinised fully.

The Trade Bill passed its second reading on 9 January and will proceed to committee stage.

Trade Bill

Many constituents have been in touch with me recently regarding the Trade Bill, which received its second reading in the House of Commons on 9 January. The Bill arises from...

The Government's domestic violence strategy does not include fully funding refuges. Today I asked the Home Secretary why this was the case. The Government must start doing more to ensure any woman fleeing domestic violence has access to immediate, vital support.

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Fully funding women's refuges

The Government's domestic violence strategy does not include fully funding refuges. Today I asked the Home Secretary why this was the case. The Government must start doing more to ensure... Read more

I have received a number of emails recently about faith school admissions, particularly in relation to Catholic schools.

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Faith School Admissions

I have received a number of emails recently about faith school admissions, particularly in relation to Catholic schools. Read more

The 8th and final day of the committee stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill took place on December 20th. Voting on this day was divided into 2 parts: impact assessments and the control of ‘exit day’, plus other remaining issues from previous days.

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EU Withdrawal Bill (Day 8)

The 8th and final day of the committee stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill took place on December 20th. Voting on this day was divided into 2 parts: impact assessments... Read more

On Days 6 & 7 of the committee stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill we focused on the scope of delegated powers. On Day 7, my Labour colleagues and I supported a significant amendment which we won! This means that Parliament will have a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal, an important victory for the protection of parliamentary sovereignty. 

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EU (Withdrawal) Bill: Days 6 & 7

On Days 6 & 7 of the committee stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill we focused on the scope of delegated powers. On Day 7, my Labour colleagues and I... Read more

Amidst the festivity and celebrations, Christmas is a difficult time for many people and especially the most disadvantaged in our society. As a result of increased financial costs associated with this period, for gifts and essentials such as heating bills, and with the continued roll out of Universal Credit, benefit delays and reductions, foodbanks anticipate a rise in demand this December. They also struggle to gather sufficient donations (particularly toiletries, nappies and sanitary items) and volunteers to meet demand into the New Year.

How you can help:

You can make a financial or food donation to the Lewisham Foodbank. For full information on how to donate, the various collection points in the area and which items are most in need, please visit: https://lewisham.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

Alternatively, if you require help:

If you find yourself in need, information on how to get help from Lewisham Foodbank is available at: https://lewisham.foodbank.org.uk/get-help/

I’m proud that here in Lewisham Deptford we have a fantastic community spirit, with many dedicated volunteers helping out at our local foodbanks. However, I believe much more needs to be done to tackle this UK-wide problem. Data from Unicef indicates that one in ten children live in households experiencing severe food insecurity. This is simply unacceptable.

I therefore fully support the Food and Insecurity Bill, a Private Member’s Bill introduced by my colleague Emma Lewell-Buck MP on 29 November, which would require the Government to monitor and report on food insecurity.

Although it is unlikely to be debated at its scheduled second reading on 2 February 2018 (sadly it is eighth on the order paper for that day), I will follow any progress the Bill makes, continue to advocate for a measurement of food insecurity and of course oppose further cuts to social security.

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Food Banks at Christmas

Amidst the festivity and celebrations, Christmas is a difficult time for many people and especially the most disadvantaged in our society. As a result of increased financial costs associated with...

For almost two years, I have been working with the Cinderella Line Campaign to push for more services to Crofton Park station. The population around Crofton Park increases year on year, but this is yet to be met with services to meet capacity demands – leaving Crofton Park residents underserved and train services overcrowded.

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We want more Victoria trains for Crofton Park

For almost two years, I have been working with the Cinderella Line Campaign to push for more services to Crofton Park station. The population around Crofton Park increases year on... Read more

Councils are being cut to the bone and yet Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, continues to defend austerity and seemingly cannot persuade the Treasury to fund his department adequately. 

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Local Government cuts: The Minister is short of advice

Councils are being cut to the bone and yet Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, continues to defend austerity and seemingly cannot persuade the Treasury to... Read more

A number of people have been in touch with me recently regarding the planned closure of the existing childcare vouchers scheme for new entrants from April 2018. I share concerns over the transition to the Government's new system of tax-free childcare and I am particularly worried about those families where only one parent is working, who will unfairly miss out.

It is very worrying that the Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA) has suggested that only 7% of the parents expected to sign up to tax-free childcare by April 2018 will have done so. The CPVA notes that this is particularly alarming given the plans to close access to childcare vouchers, which risks hundreds of thousands of parents being left with no childcare support at all.

The Government has acknowledged that applications for tax-free childcare accounts have been lower than expected. However, it believes that the new scheme is fairer and better targeted than vouchers.

I strongly support investment in childcare and at the 2017 General Election I stood on a manifesto which committed to overhaul the existing childcare system in which subsidies are given directly to parents who often struggle to use them, and transition to a system of high-quality childcare places in mixed environments with direct Government subsidy.

It also pledged to phase in subsidised provision on top of free-hour entitlements, to ensure everyone has access to affordable childcare, no matter their working pattern. The manifesto further committed to extend 30 free hours to all two-year-olds, and move towards making some childcare available for one-year-olds and extending maternity pay to 12 months.

I am aware that over 112,000 people have signed the petition to keep childcare vouchers open beyond 2018 alongside tax-free childcare. Therefore, I am pleased that parliament will be given the opportunity to debate these issues on 15 January.

I believe that the Government should recognise the contribution made by ordinary working families to the economy, society and Government finances by not removing this crucial support.

Childcare Vouchers Scheme

A number of people have been in touch with me recently regarding the planned closure of the existing childcare vouchers scheme for new entrants from April 2018. I share concerns...

Yesterday I spoke with Iain Dale on LBC in response to the rise in the number of under 18s cautioned or sentenced for knife possession. Instead of looking at the symptoms, we need to look at the root causes. 

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LBC Interview: Early intervention and violence reduction

Yesterday I spoke with Iain Dale on LBC in response to the rise in the number of under 18s cautioned or sentenced for knife possession. Instead of looking at the... Read more

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