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.

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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