Vicky Foxcroft MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford

On Wednesday I attended an event in Parliament hosted by Anthony Nolan to show my support for the blood cancer charity’s successful campaign to fund a lifesaving treatment.

The ‘Defend Second Transplants’ campaign was started after NHS England announced last July it would no longer routinely fund second stem cell transplants for people whose blood cancer or blood disorder relapses, effectively denying patients a cure.

The campaign received a huge level of public support: more than 25,000 people took action by signing an open letter to the Secretary of State for Health, writing to their MP, or signing a petition calling for NHS England’s decision to be reversed.

In response to the Anthony Nolan campaign, on 24th February NHS England announced new funding for second transplants, providing hope for up to 20 patients annually in England whose blood cancer or blood disorder relapses after a year or more.

Speaking to patients and experts at Anthony Nolan brings home just how important funding for second transplants is – thanks to this campaign people with blood cancer and blood disorders, whose disease relapses, have been given another chance of life.

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Anthony Nolan 'Defend Second Transplants' Campaign

On Wednesday I attended an event in Parliament hosted by Anthony Nolan to show my support for the blood cancer charity’s successful campaign to fund a lifesaving treatment. The ‘Defend...

Earlier this week Save The Children held a lobby in Parliament about the need for investment in England's nurseries. Many people from the constituency came along to share their views and information. nurserylobby.jpg

The Government Needs To Invest In Our Nursery Schools

Earlier this week Save The Children held a lobby in Parliament about the need for investment in England's nurseries. Many people from the constituency came along to share their views... Read more

The Government recently announced that the Dubs scheme will end after resettling only 350 unaccompanied children.

Shameful Decision To Stop The Dubs Scheme

The Government recently announced that the Dubs scheme will end after resettling only 350 unaccompanied children. Read more

The Government’s proposed new funding formula will see schools in my constituency suffer massively. Across the country, the average loss per primary school pupil by 2020 is £339, in Lewisham Deptford it’s 40% more than that at £558. Secondary schools in my constituency will also suffer hugely, with an average loss of £717 per pupil by 2020.

I support the idea that all schools should receive fair funding. However, simply taking money away from existing schools and redistributing it, when budgets all across the country are being cut, is not the answer. School budgets are facing the highest real-term cuts since the 1970s. We cannot afford to see essential services cut, staff cut, the curriculum being cut, and specialist support being cut.

A lack of funding in the system will be damaging to the community. In a time when we should be aiming to do everything in our power to close the attainment gap, I fear this will only widen it.  

School Funding Cuts

The Government’s proposed new funding formula will see schools in my constituency suffer massively. Across the country, the average loss per primary school pupil by 2020 is £339, in Lewisham... Read more

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Hundreds of my constituents have got in touch to express their dismay and disappointment at the result of the EU referendum. Most people who know me know I campaigned hard for us to stay in the EU. But unfortunately we lost the referendum. We can debate how the leave campaign handled themselves during the process of the referendum, but for now I want to touch on one area.

Following last week’s Supreme Court ruling, Parliament will have to take a decision as to whether to invoke Article 50 or not. Until very recently I have said that I am inclined to vote against triggering Article 50, but that I thought it important to hear from people post the referendum. I've received more than 1800 emails and letters to date, over 95% of which have been from constituents urging me to vote against triggering Article 50.

Brexit Bill - Why I Will Vote Against Triggering Article 50

Hundreds of my constituents have got in touch to express their dismay and disappointment at the result of the EU referendum. Most people who know me know I campaigned hard... Read more

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