Clive Efford MP

Clive Efford - A Strong Voice for Eltham and Plumstead

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cinema_meeting.jpgIt was standing-room-only at Clive’s meeting last night for local residents to hear about the plans for the new cinema opening in Eltham High Street next year.

Clive brings residents and cinema operators together

It was standing-room-only at Clive’s meeting last night for local residents to hear about the plans for the new cinema opening in Eltham High Street next year. Read more

Clive_Efford_PIP.jpgThe Tories are trying to overturn a court ruling so that they can deny 160,000 disabled people the support they need (known as Personal Independence Payments - PIP) to live independently.

PIP helps chronically sick and disabled people fund their living costs and, in particular, the additional financial costs faced by disabled people.

Disability charity Scope has estimated that these additional costs amount to approximately £550 a month. Disabled people are twice as likely to live in poverty as non-disabled people as a result of these additional costs, and PIP is a key source of income to prevent real hardship. Currently 600,000 disabled people are in receipt of the payment.

Two tribunals have ruled that the Government should expand the reach of PIP. Instead of listening to the court’s criticisms of PIP assessments, the Government has decided to undermine the legal basis of the rulings by stopping the change going ahead.

Commenting on the Government's attempt to undermine the court ruling, Clive Efford said:

“Instead of listening to the court’s criticisms of Personal Independence Payment assessments and correcting these injustices, the Government has instead decided to undermine the legal basis of the rulings.

“1,388 people are on PIP in Eltham. The Tories are failing to give support to those who need it most. They must ensure that all assessments are undertaken fairly and by appropriately trained specialist staff. The tribunal decision show how the PIP assessment process is just not fit for purpose.

“By shifting the goal posts, the Tory Government will exclude over 164,000 disabled people from PIP support, risking them falling into debt and increasing their isolation.

“This is a step too far, even for this Tory Government.

"I will not stand by as this Government makes further draconian cuts to disability benefits. Enough is enough."

Clive says No to PIP Cuts

The Tories are trying to overturn a court ruling so that they can deny 160,000 disabled people the support they need (known as Personal Independence Payments - PIP) to live...

Clive_Efford_2.jpgThis year the 2017 Spring Budget falls on International Women’s Day and Clive is calling on the government to guarantee a budget that works for women.

From the Equal Pay Act, the Sex Discrimination Act to the Equality Act, Labour has a strong record on advancing women’s rights and freedoms. Almost every major piece of legislation that has improved the lives of working women has been introduced by a Labour Government.

While International Women’s Day is about recognising how far we have travelled in the fight for gender equality, we must also recognise how much further we have to go, both in the UK and internationally.

Sadly, many policies introduced by this government are turning back the clock on economic equality for women.

In 2016, women in the UK are more likely to work for less pay than men and be disproportionately affected by cuts to public services. As of the 2016 Autumn Statement, 86% of the net gains to the treasury through tax and benefit measures had come from women, with a disproportionate impact on women from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

In addition, Specialist domestic violence services for women are in crisis as a direct result of government cuts to local authorities; according to Women’s Aid, on one typical day 103 children and 155 women are turned away from refuges due to lack of space.

Despite this, the treasury have refused to send a minister to the Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee to answer questions on the impact of their polices on Women.

In the absence of any action from the Government, Labour will be consulting over the next 12 months a proposed Economic Equality Bill.

Clive calls on government to guarantee a budget that works for women

This year the 2017 Spring Budget falls on International Women’s Day and Clive is calling on the government to guarantee a budget that works for women. From the Equal Pay...

Animal_Cruelty_Debate.jpgA bill backed by Clive to toughen up animal cruelty sentences was blocked by the Conservatives in Parliament today.

Clive and a number of Labour MPs attended to support the bill, but Conservative MPs deliberately talked out or 'filibustered' an earlier bill to use up parliamentary time and prevent the animal cruelty bill being debated. The Tory Whips also objected to the bill progressing in the dying seconds of the debate. The Bill will be back on the agenda for Friday 24th March but as it is the last Friday of the session there are dozens of government bills and it's unlikely to be heard.

The bill, presented by Labour MP Anna Turley, would have increased the maximum sentence available for animal cruelty cases in England and Wales from 6 months to five years, in line with Northern Ireland.

The timing of the bill coincided with a recent report published by Battersea Dogs Home entitled “Sentencing for Animal Cruelty in England and Wales” as part of their campaign to increase the maximum custodial sentence for the most serious cases of cruelty from six months to five years.  The report contrasts the six month maximum sentence with those handed out for the crimes of fly tipping and theft, which can receive maximum sentences of five and seven years imprisonment.

Tories block animal cruelty debate

A bill backed by Clive to toughen up animal cruelty sentences was blocked by the Conservatives in Parliament today. Clive and a number of Labour MPs attended to support the bill, but...

Clive_Efford.jpgClive Efford MP has joined the RSPCA, the BVA, and a range of other welfare organisations, in calling for a ban on the sale of primates as domestic pets. Fifteen European countries have already introduced bans on keeping primates as pets, for either all or some species.

An estimated 5,000 primates are currently believed to be confined in wholly unsuitable conditions in UK homes. These highly intelligent mammals have been shown to disproportionally suffer in domestic environments, causing unnecessary suffering for both the animals involved and owners.

Public support also remains high for a total ban, with a recent YouGov survey finding that 75 per cent of the public would favour such a policy.

Speaking after attending a reception hosted by RSPCA to highlight the issue, Clive said:

“I’m proud to support the RSPCA and other animal welfare organisations in bringing an end to the sale of primates as pets. I encourage all constituents to think again if they are considering purchasing such an animal as a pet, and I call on the Government to introduce legislation for a complete ban on the trade of primates.”

Clive will continue to work closely with the RSPCA to campaign for legislation to protect primates.

To add your name to the petition or to find out more about the campaign, visit www.protectprimates.org

 

Clive calls on Government to ban the sale of primates as pets

Clive Efford MP has joined the RSPCA, the BVA, and a range of other welfare organisations, in calling for a ban on the sale of primates as domestic pets. Fifteen...

CE_for_postcard.jpgClive has condemned the Government for refusing to allow any amendments to give Parliament a key role in monitoring Brexit negotiations. 

Government fails to give Parliament sovereignty over Brexit

Clive has condemned the Government for refusing to allow any amendments to give Parliament a key role in monitoring Brexit negotiations.  Read more


clive_in_article_50_debate_parliament_cropped.pngIn a passionate speech in today’s debate today Clive Efford demanded that the Government ensure that Parliament was given a central role in scrutinising the Brexit process.

Clive demands that Parliament has say over Brexit

In a passionate speech in today’s debate today Clive Efford demanded that the Government ensure that Parliament was given a central role in scrutinising the Brexit process. Read more

Clive_parliament_school_cuts.jpgClive has condemned massive cuts in local schools' budgets planned by the Government over the next five years.  

Clive condemns massive cuts in school budgets

Clive has condemned massive cuts in local schools' budgets planned by the Government over the next five years.   Read more

may_and_trump.jpgLast Friday, President Trump signed an Executive Order banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the USA.

Clive signs letter to PM condemning Trump policy

Last Friday, President Trump signed an Executive Order banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the USA. Read more

Clive_Efford_MP.JPGClive yesterday attended an event in parliament hosted by Energy UK and Business Debtline – the free advice service run by national debt charity the Money Advice Trust – to hear about some of the issues facing small business owners.

Clive Efford MP urges small businesses in Eltham to seek free advice

Clive yesterday attended an event in parliament hosted by Energy UK and Business Debtline – the free advice service run by national debt charity the Money Advice Trust – to... Read more

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