Daniel Zeichner MP
Member of Parliament for Cambridge
Daniel Zeichner is MP for Cambridge and a Shadow Environment Minister. He is chair of the All-Party Universities Group.
Our public services matter. As your MP, Daniel has been a leading voice for more funding for the police, against privatisation of local health services and for more cash for Cambridgeshire’s NHS, including for better provision for mental health. He has led the campaign for fairer funding for Cambridge’s schools and against cuts to nursery schools. He has been instrumental in securing laws to take back control of our local bus services.
There is a climate emergency. Life-long environmentalist Daniel, has backed the school climate strikers and is an executive member of Labour’s national environmental campaign group (SERA), making the case for a shift to a greener tax policy. He is a member of Greenpeace and he has brought leaders on divestment to speak in Cambridge. He is also a bee fan – he is a passionate Species Champion for the Ruderal Bumblebee and he campaigns to stop bee-killing pesticides.
Daniel cares about social justice and he is a recognised Living Wage Foundation Parliamentary Champion. He has worked closely with students on the Cambridge University Living Wage campaign and with councillors to make Cambridge a proud Living Wage City.
Daniel is concerned about plans to move the Post Office and Police Station out of the city centre. He is fighting against these plans just as he fought and won to keep the Magistrate’s Court in Cambridge.
As a constitutional reformer, Daniel backs an elected second chamber and he supports a fairer voting system, as well as votes at 16. Daniel is a patron of the Westminster Higher Education Forum, which aims to raise the quality of debate on public policy.
Daniel is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics and he is a recognised Champion for the Internet Watch Foundation. He is also a national Champion for Cancer Research UK.
He is a lifelong pro-European and voted at every opportunity to keep Britain in the EU and Single Market, including passionately campaigning for ‘Remain’ during the referendum.
He strongly backs the White Ribbon campaign to end violence against women and is a patron of the Papworth Trust. Recently, Daniel was quoted as Britain’s most anti-Trump MP!
Daniel lives on Victoria Road in Cambridge with his partner Barbara, known as ‘Budge’, very close to where they lived when they met as students at King’s College. Before he became MP for Cambridge, Daniel had a variety of jobs in the public and private sectors, including working as a national officer for UNISON for 12 years to tackle women’s low pay and racism. He also ran his own business.
Outside politics, Daniel enjoys football, live music and walking. He was, in his youth, a promising middle-distance runner. He is a Cambridge United season-ticket holder and he can often be found enjoying chamber concerts at Kettle’s Yard.