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Last week I took the train from Lewisham to London Bridge with Sadiq Khan, our Labour Mayor of London, and Clive Efford, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Eltham. We travelled together in the morning rush hour and spoke to commuters about their concerns with transport in London. The same complaints were raised that are raised with me all the time. Our trains are overcrowded, constantly delayed and we pay through the nose for a service which is poor and unreliable.

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Labour has pledged to renationalise the railways - the only viable long-term plan that puts passengers first. In London that means we will hand control of all suburban rail lines over to Transport for London - something Sadiq Khan has been calling for since his election last May, but which the Tories have blocked. A TfL takeover would mean frozen fares, safer stations and a much more reliable service, putting the public first - not the profits of rail providers.

In the meantime, I am pushing for a better service for Lewisham Deptford by keeping the pressure on rail providers in the South East. I've been encouraging residents to contribute to the Department for Transport consultation on the future of the South East franchise, as some of the current proposals are set to disadvantage us locally in Lewisham Deptford. You can find out more by reading my full response to the consultation here.

Make sure you have your say too, as the consultation closes on the 23rd May. You can read the full consultation document here and you can respond online here.

Campaigning alongside Sadiq Khan for better rail services in Lewisham Deptford

Last week I took the train from Lewisham to London Bridge with Sadiq Khan, our Labour Mayor of London, and Clive Efford, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Eltham. We travelled together...

For the last two years I have worked hard to represent the people of Lewisham Deptford in Parliament.

Since being elected in 2015 I have dealt with over 7,500 pieces of casework from constituents, covering a wide range of issues from housing problems and immigration issues to street repairs and planning concerns.

I have always tried to be as accessible as possible. I have a shopfront office on the Tanners Hill estate and my door is open to any constituent who has a concern. Lewisham Deptford has been my home for over fifteen years and I care passionately about the issues affecting local residents.

I have also been working to re-establish Deptford First, a charity which supports local people who have nowhere else to turn through the provision of small grants.

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Vicky in Lewisham Deptford

For the last two years I have worked hard to represent the people of Lewisham Deptford in Parliament. Since being elected in 2015 I have dealt with over 7,500 pieces...

Hundreds of Lewisham Deptford residents have contacted me over the last two years to ask for help with housing issues. Many are stuck in unsuitable or overcrowded social housing and the sad fact is that only those in the most acute need are likely to be moved. Others are frustrated that they are unable to afford sky-high London rents on a low income.

After seven years in power, the Tories’ record on housing is failing on all fronts. Home-ownership has fallen sharply, rough sleeping has more than doubled, private rents have risen faster than incomes and affordable house building in 2016 was at its lowest level for 24 years.

If Labour is elected on June 8th, we will take bold action to tackle the housing crisis. We will build at least a million new homes by 2022, including 100,000 affordable council and housing association homes a year to rent and buy.

We will also seek to end insecurity for private renters by introducing a new charter of renters’ rights. We will guarantee new legal standards to ensure that all homes are fit for human habitation and give councils new powers to license landlords.

From 1997-2010 successive Labour governments built almost 2 million new homes and cut homelessness by 62%. I hope that voters will give us a chance to build on that success over the next five years.

 

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Tackling the Housing Crisis

Hundreds of Lewisham Deptford residents have contacted me over the last two years to ask for help with housing issues. Many are stuck in unsuitable or overcrowded social housing and the...

The Department for Transport is currently seeking responses from the public to their consultation on the future of the South East rail franchise. The consultation runs until Tuesday 23rd May so make sure you have your say before it closes.

The population is rising rapidly in Lewisham Deptford but rail services in the South East have so far failed to meet the pressures of increasing numbers of passengers. I want to see rail providers in the future tackling overcrowding, improving accessibility at stations and creating a more reliable service overall.

The key points I have raised in my response highlight the need for safer platforms, more accessible stations and longer, more frequent trains at peak times.

I have also voiced my opposition to the plans to replace services from Lewisham to Victoria and Charing Cross with services to Cannon Street only, as part of the Government's proposals to simplify routes into Central London. These proposals have been met with widespread opposition, with an online petition reaching almost 29, 000 signatures. I believe plans to cut services to Charing Cross and Victoria will leave commuters with much less choice and I hope the Government rethinks this aspect of the consultation.

Make sure you have your say, as the consultation closes on the 23rd May. You can read the full consultation document here and you can respond online here. You can also email any comments you have via email to BetterSouthEastern@dft.gsi.gov.uk.

You can read my full consultation response here:

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My response to the South East rail franchise consultation

The Department for Transport is currently seeking responses from the public to their consultation on the future of the South East rail franchise. The consultation runs until Tuesday 23rd May...

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. 

It’s an issue that affects Lewisham Deptford disproportionately, with rates of mental illness higher than the England and London average and many people suffering in silence. 
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The Tories have let people with mental health down, despite repeated promises to give mental health parity with physical health, funding fell by £600 million between 2010 and 2015 and there are 6,600 fewer mental health nurses than in 2010.

On top of that, Tory changes to PIP mean people who experience psychological distress won’t be eligible to the same disability payments available as those with a physical illness.

A Labour Government would make sure mental health gets the funding it needs. We’ll ensure it is given the same priority as physical health and that everyone is cared for.

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. It’s an issue that affects Lewisham Deptford disproportionately, with rates of mental illness higher than the England and London average and many people suffering...

I will be re-standing to be the MP for Lewisham Deptford, in the hopes of continuing to represent my local community and voice the issues we all face at a national level.

It has been an honour to represent my local area these past two years. We have a lot to be proud of: our diverse community, our independent businesses and our thriving art sector. But it has been a battle against a Conservative Government that seem to have no care for our vital services.

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I’ve had to fight to protect our local hospital, our fire station and services for the homeless. I will continue to fight for our post offices, our nurseries, our transport and our schools. In Parliament, I will always challenge disgusting policies such as the 'bedroom tax' and the Government’s shameful decision to refuse help to unaccompanied child refugees. 

Austerity has not worked for the country and it has not worked for Lewisham Deptford. The Government has failed to meet their deficit target year after year and locally we've seen a rise in youth violence, homelessness and child poverty. 

Under a Labour Government it would be different. We know Labour will support our services, our rights and our jobs. We would see our education system properly funded, a minimum wage worth working for, and a benefit system that does not attack the most vulnerable people in society. These are the policies I want to see implemented and this is what I will be campaigning for between now and polling day on June 8th.

Vicky Foxcroft: Why I am re-standing to be MP for Lewisham Deptford

I will be re-standing to be the MP for Lewisham Deptford, in the hopes of continuing to represent my local community and voice the issues we all face at a...

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