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Zeichner has served several terms on Labour's National Policy Forum, the Labour Party’s top policy-making body. He was first elected to represent the East of England on the body shortly after it was first established by Tony Blair as part of the "Partnership in Power" process. He contested the Cambridge seat 2015, and increased his vote by more than 11 percentage points; defeating the sitting Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert by 599 votes. Zeichner was appointed as a Shadow Transport Minister (with responsibility for buses, bikes and walking) on 18 September 2015. At the snap 2017 general election Zeichner retained his seat with an increased majority, again over Julian Huppert, of 12,661 votes Zeichner describes his politics as 'socialist in a modern context'. He supported Tony Benn in the 1981 deputy leadership election. In the 2010 Labour leadership election, Zeichner supported Ed Miliband. In the 2015 Labour leadership election he supported Yvette Cooper. Zeichner supported Owen Smith at the September 2016 Labour Party leadership election. Zeichner opposes renewal of Trident. In June 2017, Zeichner resigned as a Shadow Transport Minister, in order to vote in favour of an amendment to the government's 2017 Queen's Speech supporting the UK's membership of the single market, in defiance of the party whip. The amendment, which was defeated by 322 votes to 101, was tabled by former Shadow Cabinet Minister Chuka Umunna. In justifying his decision, Zeichner explained: “My position on Europe has always been clear. I am a passionate pro-European and a straight-forward politician ... I promised the people of Cambridge I would stick to my principles and I would do right by our city - that means voting with my conscience and doing all I can to oppose the Tories' extreme Brexit which would, in my opinion, damage our economy, our security and our society as a whole” Zeichner is an Executive Member of SERA - Labour's Environment Campaign Zeichner is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Future Generations
Join us in the meeting hosted by Heidi Allen MP where we discuss the scourge of poverty in the UK and how it is blighting the lives of countless numbers of people. Heidi Allen until recently a Conservative MP and now the interim Leader of the new cross party group Change UK has agreed to host a meeting with us in the House of Commons on “Blowing The Lid On Poverty.” Whilst a Conservative MP, Heidi became increasingly disillusioned with her own Party and of the British establishment in general in their failure to tackle poverty in the UK. So Heidi together with Frank Field embarked on a nationwide tour in search of the “other England” shaped by the austerity policies pioneered by Allen’s former party. She said “I have absolutely had enough,” Allen said, eyes reddening, in front of a group who spelled out how the reforms were turning the screw on some of the country’s poorest people. “So I asked Frank if he would join me on a tour of the UK to show the government this exists. Unless we blow the lid off it, my lot are not going to listen.” Like George Orwell before that last World War they wanted to look at how poverty was causing tragedy in the lives of many people. She will tell us about this at this meeting and we will also ask two other speakers to join her. More details will be posted later.
Join us in this meeting in the House of Lords hosted by Baroness Garden of Frognal on the The Crisis of Universities.” Baroness Garden of Frognal is the joint chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Universities and we hope to invite other members of that group to our meeting Universities are going through a crisis at this moment of time. There is the crisis of funding, the crisis of student numbers, the mission of a university whether it’s to to fill the job market or open student’s minds to new thinking and the freedom for students and academics to engage openly. And of course there is the crucial role of foreign students and the income that brings. But as student numbers have grown in the last two or three decades the student population has become more diverse and varied. Some are concerned that Universities are yet to adapt themselves to this new diverse and varied student population and the learning this requires. And then there is the fear that the British University system is too top heavy with a handful of Universities able to attract funds and students who have an advantage over others. How do we address these issues and what action needs to be taken. We hope to discuss this in this meeting in the House of Lords and invite the audience there to give their views and make their contribution. Also speaking at this meeting is Prof Ijeoma Uchegbu who is at University College London in the School of Pharmacy. Ijeoma has been awarded various prizes for her work, notably the UK Department for Business Innovation Skills’ Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science Engineering and Technology award. She is concerned about the future of universities and its problems in diversity.