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Following the announcement from Abellio Daniel Zeichner MP said: “I'm pleased we finally have some certainty about what will happen on the Cambridge-Liverpool Street line, after this much delayed announcement. 

I would have preferred that the Government used the delay for some radical thinking like having a directly operated service. Of course it's ironic instead the Tories are heralding the announcement that our railways will be run by a Dutch government-owned train operator for next decade.

Passengers won't expect any excuses from Abellio now the company has the benefits of continuity and can plan for the long term.

I will be making sure they keep to their promises on new trains and no more delays to Cambridge North. It's also time to promise long suffering commuters no more unfair price hikes.”

New East Anglia franchise announced – Cambridge MP responds

Following the announcement from Abellio Daniel Zeichner MP said: “I'm pleased we finally have some certainty about what will happen on the Cambridge-Liverpool Street line, after this much delayed announcement. 

Daniel Zeichner MP recently made a b-line for the Botantic Gardens.

Mr Zeichner who is vice president of the Cambridgeshire bee keepers association and a species champion for the Ruderal bumblebee will join Gill Perkins, CEO of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, at the bee border, as they spot bees and discuss the future of our pollinating friends after the EU referendum. 

Research from the University of Bern in Switzerland has found that two neonicotinoid pesticides – clothianidin and thiamethoxam – may damage bee fertility by acting as contraceptives. The study also showed neonicotinoids cut bees' lifespan by one-third.

The bee friendly EU banned neonicotinoids despite protests from the Conservative Government. But following the vote to leave the EU Daniel Zeichner MP is concerned.

Mr Zeichner said: "When I asked the Secretary of State for Environment whether the Government would continue to adhere to the European Commission ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides after the UK leaves the EU, I didn't get a straight answer." 

He continued “I'm quite sure people who voted for Brexit, didn't cast their vote, because they were anti-bees. As EU Directives and Regulations stop applying to the UK the Government must ensure new arrangements are put in place to safeguard our precious natural heritage. Bees are essential for pollinating our crops - we can’t afford to gamble with their future."

Bee warned on Brexit

Daniel Zeichner MP recently made a b-line for the Botantic Gardens. Mr Zeichner who is vice president of the Cambridgeshire bee keepers association and a species champion for the Ruderal bumblebee...

Commenting on the multi-billion proposed purchase of ARM Holdings by Japanese company Softbank, Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council said:

“Given the momentous scale of this takeover, it is an important reassurance to staff and our residents that ARM Holdings will continue to operate and have its headquarters in Cambridge, and that the detailed and well advanced plan to double the size of its operations here will proceed as proposed.

While future decisions affecting hundreds of local ARM employees will be taken in Japan as well as the UK, it is also good news that they will preserve the firm’s operating structure, including retaining the Cambridge and wider senior management team and their partnership-based business model.

It is a massive tribute to the creators and staff of ARM that they have grown a business now worth £24 billion from a near zero start.  

While we would prefer more of the bigger companies operating in Cambridge to be UK-owned, the city continues to generate local, highly successful start-ups that could be the ARM Holdings of the future.  Councils locally will continue to make their joint contributions to this by addressing transport challenges, skills, affordable housing and retaining quality of life here as key elements in a special environment where high tech companies thrive.

Comment from the Leader of Cambridge City Council on ARM Holdings Proposed Sale to SoftBank

Commenting on the multi-billion proposed purchase of ARM Holdings by Japanese company Softbank, Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council said: “Given the momentous scale of this takeover, it is an...

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