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 have recently received many emails from constituents with grave concerns about the building of illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. I was unfortunately unavailable to attend the debate on settlements earlier this month, but this is an issue which I also have strong concerns about.

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Israeli Settlements

I have recently received many emails from constituents with grave concerns about the building of illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. I was unfortunately unavailable... Read more

Plans to close and franchise 37 Crown Post Offices across the country have been announced by the Post Office LTD. One of the Post Offices listed for closure is New Cross Gate. 

I’ve met with local union representatives and also with local councillors about the closure, offering support to the campaign to keep the Post Office open. 

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New Cross Gate Post Office Must Be Saved

Plans to close and franchise 37 Crown Post Offices across the country have been announced by the Post Office LTD. One of the Post Offices listed for closure is New Cross... Read more

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My constituents understandably have many concerns about how Brexit will affect our relationships with other countries. One recent campaign has highlighted the potential impact on trade with developing countries. I agree that this is an important issue. As the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make clear, international trade has an important role to play in sustainable development.

Make Trade Fair Post-Brexit

My constituents understandably have many concerns about how Brexit will affect our relationships with other countries. One recent campaign has highlighted the potential impact on trade with developing countries. I... Read more

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Thank you to the constituents who have contacted me about the “serious malfunction” which resulted in a Trident missile heading for the United States instead of its intended target off the west coast of Africa.

As you may be aware, I voted against the renewal of Trident in July 2016 and would like to see greater progress towards a world without nuclear weapons. I agree that this incident was incredibly concerning.

I am aware that one of my colleagues has tabled an Early Day Motion calling for an inquiry into what went wrong but unfortunately as an opposition whip I am unable to sign it.

I can, however, confirm that I have now written to the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP, to pass on your concerns. 

Inquiry into Trident Missile Test

Thank you to the constituents who have contacted me about the “serious malfunction” which resulted in a Trident missile heading for the United States instead of its intended target off...

Thank you if you've contacted me about Sex and Relationship Education (SRE). Like many constituents, it’s something I’m passionate about – and very keen to see change on. I believe age-appropriate SRE should be a statutory subject in all state-funded schools. Teaching young people about the social and emotional aspects of healthy relationships could be hugely valuable and has never been so important.
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Sex and Relationship Education

Thank you if you've contacted me about Sex and Relationship Education (SRE). Like many constituents, it’s something I’m passionate about – and very keen to see change on. I believe... Read more

Last week I visited Clyde Nursery School in Deptford. It was a pleasure to be shown around the welcoming and friendly environment by head teacher Cathryn Kinsey. However, Cathryn informed me that Clyde's future has been left hanging in the balance.

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Early Years Funding Formula Threatens The Future of Our Nursery Schools

Last week I visited Clyde Nursery School in Deptford. It was a pleasure to be shown around the welcoming and friendly environment by head teacher Cathryn Kinsey. However, Cathryn informed... Read more

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

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