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Vicky Foxcroft MP

Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford

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

Today I joined Gill Furniss MP, Shadow Postal Affairs Minister, in thanking our local posties for their hard work and dedication in collecting, sorting and delivering our post during the busiest period of the year.

Under the Tories, postal workers have faced worsening pay and conditions. Over the past four years the Post Office has been implementing a series of significant cost-cutting measures with closures, franchising, job losses and cuts to staff terms and conditions. We are currently seeing this right here in Lewisham Deptford at New Cross Gate Post Office.

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Supporting Our Postal Workers

Today I joined Gill Furniss MP, Shadow Postal Affairs Minister, in thanking our local posties for their hard work and dedication in collecting, sorting and delivering our post during the... Read more

December 4th (Day 4)

Day 4 of the committee stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill focused on Clause 11 of the bill, which sets out restrictions on what the devolved legislatures can and cannot legislate on after the UK leaves the EU.

Labour has repeatedly emphasised that, as drafted, the Bill would side-line the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, threaten the devolution settlement and unnecessarily hoard powers in Whitehall.

On Monday we voted on Amendment 42 (tabled by Labour) which would have removed the proposed restrictions on the ability of devolved Parliaments to legislate in a way which contradicts retained EU law.

We also voted on Amendment 72 (tabled by the SNP) which would have required the consent of the relevant devolved legislatures before the restriction in Clause 11 came into force. Labour supported this amendment.

Unfortunately both of these amendments were defeated by the Government.

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December 6th (Day 5)

Day 5 was split into two sections. The first focused on Northern Ireland and the remaining devolution issues in the bill. The second focused on financial matters arising from the bill, including the divorce payment that is being negotiated as part of the Article 50 process.

In the first part of the debate, Labour tabled amendments which would have protected the Good Friday Agreement after the UK leaves the EU. The Government rejected all of the tabled amendments on the basis that corrections to EU laws need to be co-ordinated by the UK Government to ensure continuity. The minister responding did, however, state that he thought an agreement with the devolved administrations would be reached soon.

In the second half, we tabled amendments calling for transparency over the settlement. New clause 80 called for any financial settled to be assessed by the Office for Budget Responsibility and the National Audit Office and for the House of Commons to have the chance to scrutinise and vote on it.

Amendment 339 would have prevented tax or fee raising powers from being established via tertiary legislation (i.e. when Parliament confers the power on a public authority to legislate).

Both of these were put to the vote but the Government defeated them with the support of the DUP. The fight continues.

Further Information on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill can be found here.

 

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill Update (Days 4 & 5)

December 4th (Day 4) Day 4 of the committee stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill focused on Clause 11 of the bill, which sets out restrictions on what the devolved...

The Budget yesterday did nothing but paper over the glaring issues facing our country with insufficient policy pledges. The government continues to ignore the fact wages are falling, public services are failing and the economy is stagnating. As Jeremy Corbyn said to MPs yesterday, “the reality is, this is a government no longer fit for office”.

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Thoughts on the Budget: The Tories are out of touch and have no plan.

The Budget yesterday did nothing but paper over the glaring issues facing our country with insufficient policy pledges. The government continues to ignore the fact wages are falling, public services... Read more

Since the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill returned to the Commons last week for its committee stage reading, I have received over 400 emails from constituents asking me to support various new clauses and amendments. As a whip I am not allowed to add my name to amendments, but I thought it would be helpful to summarise everything we have voted on so far.

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EU Withdrawal Bill: The story so far

Since the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill returned to the Commons last week for its committee stage reading, I have received over 400 emails from constituents asking me to support various... Read more

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