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.

Earlier this month I asked Boris Johnson what discussions the Government has had with the incoming US administration on climate change. His vague response didn’t give any information and prompted me into asking a second question on the matter.

This was answered by Alan Duncan, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and the Member of Parliament for Rutland and Melton.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 10th January 2017

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Boris Johnson avoids answering my question on climate change...

Earlier this month I asked Boris Johnson what discussions the Government has had with the incoming US administration on climate change. His vague response didn’t give any information and prompted... Read more

This Friday, 27th January, is Holocaust Memorial Day and marks the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration camp. It is a time to reflect on the millions of people who lost their lives in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

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Holocaust Memorial Day - Vicky signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

This Friday, 27th January, is Holocaust Memorial Day and marks the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration camp. It is a time to reflect on the... Read more

On Monday 14th November last year and in response to a petition with over 100, 000 signatures, there was a Westminster Hall debate on giving status to Police Dogs and Police Horses as Police Officers, in order to enshrine the rights of these brave animals in law.

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Finn's Law campaign: Legal Protections for Police Animals

On Monday 14th November last year and in response to a petition with over 100, 000 signatures, there was a Westminster Hall debate on giving status to Police Dogs and... Read more

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, recently announced ten new Low Emission Bus Zones across the city as part of his measures to tackle air pollution in the capital. One of the new zones will cover the route from Lewisham to Catford via Lewisham High Street, Rushey Green and Bromley Road.

The Mayor has targeted air quality hotspots where people are exposed to some of the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution and older buses contribute significantly to road transport emissions. Thousands of school children will benefit, with 172 schools located within approximately 100 metres of the new zones.

The Low Emission Bus Zones will use a combination of hybrid and clean buses that meet Euro VI standards. They will also use a number of bus priority schemes which will ensure buses are able to keep moving, cut idling emissions and speed up journey times for passengers. 

Further information is available here.

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Low Emission Bus Zone for Lewisham

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, recently announced ten new Low Emission Bus Zones across the city as part of his measures to tackle air pollution in the capital. One...

*Update 11/01/17 - the council meeting on the CPO which was due to take place tonight has now been postponed until February*

Over the weekend I have been contacted by a number of constituents with renewed concerns about Millwall FC and Lewisham Council's proposed compulsory purchase of land surrounding the club. As many of you will be aware, the council meeting to agree the Compulsory Purchase Order is due to take place on Wednesday 11th January.

I have been following developments closely and currently oppose the CPO. I have written several letters to Lewisham Council expressing my concerns and will be making sure I keep updated on any decisions.

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Below is the text of my most recent letter to the council, which I wrote jointly with Neil Coyle (MP for Bermondsey & Old Southwark). The letter was sent to the mayor and all council cabinet members.

Dear Steve,

We are writing to again express our severe concerns regarding the compulsory purchase of land around Millwall Football Club, which is a community hub for many of our constituents.

As you will be aware, when a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) is under consideration, the interests of all parties involved and affected should be taken into consideration. We do not feel this has been the case. Nor do we feel this can be demonstrated to our satisfaction given the continuing level of concern about the issue amongst local businesses, residents and the club. We are very concerned that there does not appear to have been any real attempts to assess the needs or requirements of individuals who own and run local properties or business premises in this instance. We appreciate that there is a report that outlines what the Council has been informed with relation to this proposal but unfortunately there is no meaningful engagement with stakeholders or residents and no attempt to demonstrate any views being taken into account in a headlong rush for a project that appears to disadvantage local people and the taxpayer.

The population in this area is set to rise significantly and house prices are also rising. The supply of affordable lets has decreased significantly over the past 5 years, going down by 40%. There have been no implication as to how much social housing the New Bermondsey Development will provide. There is also no commitments from Renewal to deliver any part of their scheme. This is contrast to other proposals and contradicts the local and London plans.

The Millwall Community Trust is very much a part of the community, they give opportunities to young people in the area, and in times when we are seeing youth violence and knife crime rise dramatically, this is invaluable. They make more of a contribution locally than any comparable club in the UK. Thousands of our constituents have benefitted and yet the Trust is being side-lined and maltreated in our view on this issue.

We believe the plan drafted by Millwall puts the community first, in contrast to the proposals from Renewal which benefits so few people at such considerable expense to so many others. We have serious concerns about the select partner Renewal which, according to information published by Lewisham council, has two parent companies which are both registered offshore and whose ultimate beneficiaries have not been identified. A lack of transparency will affect local residents trust in their Council.

We would be grateful if you could look into these concerns, along with the ones recently outlined by Eversheds LLP, and reconsider this CPO and do more to reassure and engage with residents, local businesses and members of Millwall Club and Community Trust.

Vicky Foxcroft and Neil Coyle

Millwall FC Compulsory Purchase Order - Council Meeting 11/01/17

*Update 11/01/17 - the council meeting on the CPO which was due to take place tonight has now been postponed until February* Over the weekend I have been contacted by...

At the end of last year, I submitted my response to the extensive Govia Thameslink (GTR) timetable consultation. GTR's consultation sets out proposed changes to the timetable which will be operated by GTR in 2018. GTR operates both Thameslink and Southern Rail, meaning several stations and lines in Lewisham Deptford are affected by the timetable changes. 

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My response to the Thameslink timetable consultation

At the end of last year, I submitted my response to the extensive Govia Thameslink (GTR) timetable consultation. GTR's consultation sets out proposed changes to the timetable which will be... Read more

Vicky Foxcroft has called on the Commissioner of TFL to take action on the junction of Tanners Hill and the A2 to ease traffic in the area. 

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Vicky Demands Action at Deptford A2 Junction

Vicky Foxcroft has called on the Commissioner of TFL to take action on the junction of Tanners Hill and the A2 to ease traffic in the area.  Read more

Over the last six months or so I’ve heard from constituents who are concerned about the range of subjects included in the Government's EBacc. Many people are worried that this performance measure may undermine the teaching of creative subjects in schools and lead to fewer pupils having the opportunity to study them.colors-1064976_960_720.jpg

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

Over the last six months or so I’ve heard from constituents who are concerned about the range of subjects included in the Government's EBacc. Many people are worried that this... Read more

On 15th December Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox company officially lodged its £11.7 billion bid to take full control of Sky TV. Since then I have received over 200 emails from constituents wishing to register their concerns and calling for the bid to be referred to Ofcom.
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Murdoch Bid to Take Control of Sky

On 15th December Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox company officially lodged its £11.7 billion bid to take full control of Sky TV. Since then I have received over 200 emails... Read more

Campaign group 38 Degrees recently asked its members to contact their MPs to raise their concerns about Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) in betting shops. I agree that these machines can ruin lives and that action is overdue. I have long been concerned by the large number of betting shops in the constituency, particularly on and around Deptford High Street.

Evidence suggests that FOBTs are highly addictive and that their high-speed nature makes them particularly addictive to problem gamblers. Disappointingly, in July 2015 the Government rejected proposals from over 90 local councils to reduce the maximum stake on FOBTs from £100 to £2.

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Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Campaign group 38 Degrees recently asked its members to contact their MPs to raise their concerns about Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) in betting shops. I agree that these machines... Read more

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