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Daniel Zeichner took an hour out from campaigning to volunteer with Cambridge FoodCycle, a community group which serves a delicious lunch at Wesley Methodist Church every Saturday. They also serve hot food every first and third Wednesday evening of the month and Barnwell Baptist Church and on the last Thursday of the month at the Arbury Road Baptist Church.

The initiative is backed by the Jo Cox Foundation, which has asked all Parliamentary candidates to take an hour out of their busy campaign schedule to visit a community project that works to bring people together in their area. This is part of The Great Get Together, a project that has been inspired by Jo’s life.

Daniel Zeichner said: “It’s lovely to be be able to join the amazing volunteers at Cambridge FoodCycle this weekend.

“Having worked closely with them during my time representing Cambridge over the last two years I appreciate the opportunity to put a shift in and show that we really do have more that unites us than divides us - just like Jo would have wanted.”

More in Common

Daniel Zeichner took an hour out from campaigning to volunteer with Cambridge FoodCycle, a community group which serves a delicious lunch at Wesley Methodist Church every Saturday. They also serve...

Following the news from Manchester Daniel Zeichner said:

"I know the thoughts of everyone in Cambridge are with the families who have tragically lost loved ones.

Terror has struck once again in one of our great cities. Today it is right to take time out to mourn and to reflect but also to celebrate the work of our emergency services and restate that we all have more in common than that which divides us."

Mr Zeichner has invited candidates and members of the public to a short vigil at 11am outside the Guildhall.

Cambridge vigil for victims of Manchester attack

Following the news from Manchester Daniel Zeichner said: "I know the thoughts of everyone in Cambridge are with the families who have tragically lost loved ones. Terror has struck once...

Cambridge Labour candidate Daniel Zeichner today slammed the Conservative Party General Election manifesto saying that once again it shows that the Tories are not on the side of the people of Cambridge.

Daniel Zeichner slams Tory manifesto

Cambridge Labour candidate Daniel Zeichner today slammed the Conservative Party General Election manifesto saying that once again it shows that the Tories are not on the side of the people... Read more

Veteran anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Peter Hain will join Daniel Zeichner as the party prepares for the upcoming General Election.

Daniel Zeichner said: “It’s great to be joined by Lord Hain, a good friend and a Labour Big Beast. Since my election in 2015 we have worked closely especially on Brexit and it will be a pleasure to show him around Cambridge as we campaign for a Labour majority.

Lord Hain will address local activists and lead groups of them door knocking across the city as the Cambridge Labour Party campaigns to re-elect Daniel Zeichner in June.

Lord Peter Hain joins the campaign

Veteran anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Peter Hain will join Daniel Zeichner as the party prepares for the upcoming General Election. Daniel Zeichner said: “It’s great to be joined by Lord Hain, a...

Following the publication of Labour’s manifesto today, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Cambridge Daniel Zeichner said:

“This is a manifesto that shows Labour shares your values.

“Under this Government, our NHS and social care have been pushed into a state of emergency, with soaring waiting lists and Addenbrooke’s in financial crisis. Teachers tell me their worries about funding cuts and rising class sizes.

"Labour, and I, believe in public services run for the public good. I’m proud that a Labour Government will save the NHS and commit to over £30 billion in extra funding over the next Parliament including ring-fencing mental health budgets

"We will reduce class sizes to less than 30 for all five, six, and seven-year-olds, and we are committed to protecting the real-terms school funding as well as extending the 30 hours of free childcare to all two year olds.

"Labour has pledged to create an “innovation nation” and Cambridge can be at its heart. We will appoint a Digital Ambassador, complete the transport arc, from Oxford to Cambridge and scrap tuition fees.

"As part of my own brief, we will reform the legislation taxis and private hire vehicles, an issue which is becoming more and more pressing in Cambridge.

"And for those of you who know me, you can imagine I’m a buzz with the news that there is also a section in the manifesto on protecting the bee population!

"This is a manifesto for the many, not the few, which sets out Labour's radical vision for Britain."

A manifesto for the many

Following the publication of Labour’s manifesto today, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Cambridge Daniel Zeichner said: “This is a manifesto that shows Labour shares your values. “Under this Government, our NHS...

Daniel Zeichner visited Addenbrooke’s hospital on Friday afternoon to meet with the Hepatitis C Trust, specialist nurses, doctors and consultants, and survivors of the disease.

The hospital staff described revolutionary new drugs which cure 95% of patients who do not have liver disease. This is a huge breakthrough in the field, and is a life-changing treatment. Daniel heard from a patient who had been prescribed the new course of drugs, and has now been clear from Hepatitis C for 24 weeks. She told him this ‘miracle cure has changed the way she approached life and that a healthy lifestyle feels worth it - which confirms the importance of these medical innovations, not just on physical health but on mental health too.

The Hepatitis C Trust champion the aims of the World Health Assembly, which aims to have eliminated the disease by 2030. Their representative explained that screening is vital, and although screening is good within Drugs and Alcohol Services, it is harder to screen people from the baby boomer generation who perhaps once injected using an infected needle 30 years ago but would no longer think of themselves as that person.

Daniel said “It’s so important to protect investment into eradicating this disease, and seeing the work that is going on through our NHS, we should be really proud of these medical developments.

“It’s vital not only to support the physical health of Hepatitis C sufferers, but their mental health too. We still need to fight the stigma that remains attached to the disease. This is a clear example of the transformative impact of new medicine research - it transforms lives, and we need to support it.’’

"Power of new medicines to transform lives" says Cambridge Labour candidate

Daniel Zeichner visited Addenbrooke’s hospital on Friday afternoon to meet with the Hepatitis C Trust, specialist nurses, doctors and consultants, and survivors of the disease. The hospital staff described revolutionary...

Responding to reports that personal belongings of rough sleepers had been removed along with unattended cardboard and material in doorways  Councillor Anna Smith, the Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces, said: “ I want to take this opportunity to apologise on behalf of the Council for personal possessions taken when cardboard was recently removed by our team from city centre doorways.  It is not the policy of the Council to dispose of personal possessions and we apologise if this has inadvertently happened. Our dedicated officers frequently report any issues of concern regarding the health or welfare of rough sleepers. I know that they will be very concerned at reports that personal possessions may have been inadvertently destroyed.

I have begun a cross-council investigation into the reported incidents and wider issues, We want to talk to those affected and homelessness agencies and learn from this so that we can avoid such distress in the future.

I also commit, on behalf of the Council, that where personal belongings have to be removed in future, we will be putting an accessible collection point in place for them to be reclaimed and we will ensure that our street outreach teams can pass this information onto the individuals they deal with.  We are also investigating the potential for 'homeless lockers' which have been successful in the United States as a way for homeless people to keep their belongings dry and secure during the day.

I hope as many rough sleepers as possible will take advantage of the range of services provided to help get them off the street and into accommodation. I also encourage any member of the public to report instances of rough sleeping to the council or through the Streetlink website so that support can be put in place.

We continue to have a duty to ensure that the city centre streets and shop doorways are clean and accessible to all, and our cleansing teams have to respond to requests from business to clear up cardboard and items apparently abandoned in shop doorways. However we also have to be sensitive to the personal situations of anyone finding themselves on the streets. Incidents of rough sleeping in Cambridge, which are primarily concentrated in the city centre, have almost doubled in the past year and the number of rough sleepers has also risen to almost 200. The City Council is fully committing to addressing this issue, and already puts significant resource into tackling it. In 2016/17 we will add to this with a dedicated multi disciplinary taskforce funded through a two year grant to work with longterm rough sleepers.”

 

 

The Streetlink website to report instances of rough sleeping can be found at http://www.streetlink.org.uk/  

 

The latest data on instances of rough sleeping in Cambridge shows that it has risen from 346 in 2014/2015, to 673 in 2015/2016 and 1243 in 2016/2017.  The number of rough sleepers in the same period has risen from 135 in 2014/2015, to 152 in 2015/2016 and 192 in 2016/2017.  The figures mirror a year on year national rise in rough sleeping over the last 6 years primarily in urban centres such as London, Cambridge, Peterborough and Oxford.

 

The City Council invests over £1.2 m in supporting rough sleepers off the street and in December were successful in their bid for a government grant of almost £400,000 over two years to tackle longterm rough sleepers with a multi-disciplinary street outreach taskforce.

 

City Council Streets and Open Spaces Chief Responds to Concerns over Rough Sleepers

Responding to reports that personal belongings of rough sleepers had been removed along with unattended cardboard and material in doorways  Councillor Anna Smith, the Executive Councillor for Streets and Open...

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All sitting Labour councillors were re-elected and we won a seat we last won in 1967! We had 700 more votes than the Lib Dems across Cambridge. See Cambridge News here

Now your newly elected Labour councillors are getting straight down to work.

Fighting Poverty

Labour will always support the Living Wage and will fight the Tory cuts in social care

Protecting Education and Libraries

The Tories want to cut the budget for library books! Labour says it is a cut too far.

Tackling Congestion

Labour's campaign means an end to the daft £1 parking charge for Park and Ride.  Now your Labour Councillors will work with Daniel Zeichner for a new station at Addenbrooke's and fight for more innovative transport solutions.

Thank you from Labour Councillors for Your Local Elections Support!

All sitting Labour councillors were re-elected and we won a seat we last won in 1967! We had 700 more votes than the Lib Dems across Cambridge. See Cambridge News...

A Cambridge parent with two children at Parkside secondary school, one of the Parkside Federation schools, has issued his own plea for all parents to support the school after it wrote to them about what it described as a 'school funding crisis' and has won the support of Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge.

Parent's Plea to other Parents in Cambridgeshire Schools' Funding Crisis

A Cambridge parent with two children at Parkside secondary school, one of the Parkside Federation schools, has issued his own plea for all parents to support the school after it... Read more

Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, has said that government proposals to change procurement rules applying to council contracts would restrict the City’s ability to act in the ‘social, moral and environmental best interests of residents and the wider community’ and it was vital to keep decision-making on procurement choices at a local level. Councillor Herbert was commenting on the government’s consultation on a proposed change in statutory guidance that would reduce the discretion councils have in making contracts, and make following the government’s foreign policies a requirement when buying goods or services.

City Council Leader says Councils Must be Trusted to make Local Procurement Decisions In Interests of Residents

Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, has said that government proposals to change procurement rules applying to council contracts would restrict the City’s ability to act in the... Read more

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