Clive is lending his support to calls for a UK ivory ban to help protect elephants from further slaughter for the illegal ivory trade.
Clive attended an event at Westminster organised by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Dr Rupa Huq MP prior to her parliamentary debate on the illegal wildlife trade. As part of the event MPs were shown an innovative ivory fingerprinting kit developed by the Metropolitan Police, King’s College and IFAW.
IFAW has now provided more than 80 of these special fingerprint kits to 16 countries. Fifteen of these kits have been successfully deployed in Kenya with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and police as part of the ‘tenBoma’ intelligence-led anti-poaching project run by IFAW and KWS. The kits have already been used to gather evidence which has led to 15 arrests, including five Police officers and the seizure of 11 elephant tusks and 50 pieces of worked ivory.
David Cowdrey, Head of Policy & Campaigns at IFAW, said: “Any strategy to tackle the illegal wildlife trade needs to ensure that you are addressing the issues at every level. IFAW supports anti-poaching rangers on the ground, campaigns to close down ivory markets and works to reduce consumer demand, but only by having effective law enforcement and forensic techniques can we ensure we gather the evidence that will catch the organised criminal gangs still killing thousands of elephants every year.
“We are grateful to Clive for showing his support today. With elephant populations at an all-time low and the species facing extinction due to the ivory poaching crisis we need a UK ivory ban in place as soon as possible, as time is the one thing elephants don’t have.”
Clive said: “If we are to save elephants in the wild we must act now before it is too late. I am pleased to support IFAW’s vital work to tackle ivory poaching, from using cutting edge technology to campaigning for a UK ivory ban. We must remember that each piece of ivory represents a dead elephant, shot or poisoned for its tusks. More and more people recognise that ivory should only be valued on a live elephant. We hope the Government will introduce an ivory ban in the UK before the forthcoming Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference being hosted in London in October.”
The Government recently announced that it had received more than 70,000 responses to its ivory ban consultation, one of the largest ever public responses to a Defra consultation, with the overwhelming majority analysed so far supportive of a ban. The Government has yet to publish the results of this consultation. IFAW is calling for a clear timetable showing how quickly an ivory ban will be introduced in the UK.
Clive is lending his support to calls for a UK ivory ban to help protect elephants from further slaughter for the illegal ivory trade. Clive attended an event at Westminster...
Clive has called for Govia, the company which has held the South Eastern franchise for years, to be refused permission to bid for the new franchise when it comes up for tender later this year. Speaking in Parliament, Clive highlighted the the consistent poor performance by South Eastern under Govia.
Passengers were told to put up with a worse service during the refurbishment of London Bridge with the promise that things would get better after the work was complete. Now the work is finished, passengers are still having to deal with a train service that is unreliable and are also being told that the Victoria line trains on the Bexleyheath line are going to be scrapped under the new franchise.
Clive is calling on residents to sign a petition demanding that plans to scrap victoria trains from the Bexleyheath line be halted, you can add your name to the petition by clicking here.
Clive has called for Govia, the company which has held the South Eastern franchise for years, to be refused permission to bid for the new franchise when it comes up...
This week Clive signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.
Saturday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.
In the lead up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘The power of words’.
After signing the Book of Commitment, Clive commented:
“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Eltham and across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust. As the Holocaust moves from living history, to just history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors. I would encourage my constituents to show their support for such an important day.”
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:
“The Holocaust did not start in the gas chambers but with hate filled words. Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance. We are very grateful to Clive for signing the Book of Commitment, signalling a continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging antisemitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.”
This week Clive signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust...
Clive has condemned the Government’s official decision to cut all Victoria Line services on the Bexleyheath Line as “unacceptable”
Clive has condemned the Government’s official decision to cut all Victoria Line services on the Bexleyheath Line as “unacceptable” Read more
Eltham MP, Clive Efford has condemned the huge increase in costs demanded by a private company commissioned to provide MSK services in Greenwich.
Eltham MP, Clive Efford has condemned the huge increase in costs demanded by a private company commissioned to provide MSK services in Greenwich. Read more
Pupils at Eltham Church of England Primary in Royal Greenwich have successfully helped to list their local war memorial. To commeorate the listing, Clive attended a wreath laying ceremony on the 10th November.
Historic England has pledged to protect 2,500 war memorials by 2018 to mark the centenary of the First World War. As part of this project, children taking part in Historic England’s Heritage Schools Programme are being invited to put their local war memorials forward for listing.
Pupils at Eltham Church of England Primary in Royal Greenwich have successfully helped to list their local war memorial. To commeorate the listing, Clive attended a wreath laying ceremony on... Read more
Clive has pledged to be on Purple Alert this November for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month to help transform the lives of people affected by pancreatic cancer in Eltham, Kidbrooke and Plumstead.
At a Pancreatic Cancer UK event in Westminster, Clive heard that 93 per cent of people diagnosed will not survive five years or more, and that there has been very little improvement in survival since the early 1970s. The charity says that unless urgent action is taken now, pancreatic cancer will become the fourth biggest cancer killer by 2026.
Clive said: “Tragically, pancreatic cancer took the lives of 130 people in the NHS Greenwich CCG area during 2010-2014. It is clear that much more work is needed to deliver the kind of change which we must see for people affected, and to achieve the improvements in survival so desperately needed.
“This year, 9,600 people in the UK will receive a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. I want to encourage everyone in Eltham, Kidbrooke and Plumstead to join me in getting on Purple Alert this November, to help change the future for everyone affected by the disease.”
Alex Ford, Chief Executive at Pancreatic Cancer UK said: “We’re extremely grateful Clive Efford MP has shown his support by signing our Purple Alert pledge at our drop-in event and learning more about the numbers of people affected by pancreatic cancer in the NHS Greenwich CCG area.
“Whilst significant improvements have been made in survival for many other cancers, with 50 per cent of all cancer patients now surviving for ten years or more, pancreatic cancer survival has seen little improvement, with just one per cent of patients living for ten years or more. That’s why we are calling on people in Eltham to join us in getting on Purple Alert this November, to help us raise more funds for research into the disease and provide vital support for people affected. People can join our campaign at www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/pcam”
This Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Pancreatic Cancer UK is calling on people to Move It, Bake It, Quiz It, Game It, Style It or Wear It purple as part of its Purple Alert campaign. The funds raised from these activities will help the charity offer vital support to patients and families, invest in crucial research to help us see the breakthroughs we urgently need, and be a voice for everyone affected by the disease.
Clive has pledged to be on Purple Alert this November for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month to help transform the lives of people affected by pancreatic cancer in Eltham, Kidbrooke and...
Clive has joined with members of the retail union Usdaw to campaign for respect for shopworkers as part of the Freedom from Fear Campaign, which seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse directed at retail staff.
Attending a campaign event in the House of Commons, Clive has pledged to support greater protection for shopworkers and other public facing workers whilst they go about their jobs.
Speaking after the event, Clive said:
"Too often retail employees are confronted with violence, threats and abuse and it is really important we stand together and ask people to respect shopworkers.
“Data collected by the British Retail Consortium shows that the human cost of retail crime is growing, with a 40% increase in offences involving abuse or violence against shopworkers.
“I will continue to campaign with Usdaw for a change in the law to ensure that proper punishments are given out. We must give a clear message that assaulting workers who are serving the public is totally unacceptable.”
Clive has joined with members of the retail union Usdaw to campaign for respect for shopworkers as part of the Freedom from Fear Campaign, which seeks to prevent violence, threats...
Clive Efford showed his support for Macmillan Cancer Support on Wednesday 18 October by attending a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event in Parliament. The occasion marked the launch of a new report, ‘Am I Meant To Be Okay Now?: Stories of Life After Treatment’, that focuses on the challenges people face after cancer treatment ends.
The charity hosted a parliamentary Coffee Morning at which MPs and Peers had the opportunity to meet with and hear from people living with cancer who were featured in the report. The parliamentary event followed Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event of the year on Friday 29 September, which saw thousands of people come together across the country - including in Eltham, where Clive attended a coffee morning hosted by the Coldharbour tenants and residents association.
Clive attended the Commons event and said,
“Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is a fantastic annual fixture and I was really glad to have the opportunity to attend both the event in Parliament and a coffee morning in my own constituency.
“The focus of Coffee Morning has always been about encouraging people to get together and talk about all the issues people living with cancer have to deal with. This year’s event provided a really important opportunity to hear more about the physical and emotional challenges that people can face after finishing cancer treatment.
“I also welcomed the chance to learn more about the support that Macmillan offers to people affected by cancer. Whilst a cancer experience is always significant - life with cancer is still life - and it was great to hear about how Macmillan supports people to live it in the best possible way.”
Having raised over £29.5 million in 2016, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event of the year – and there is still time to get involved. For further information, please visit: www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee
Clive Efford showed his support for Macmillan Cancer Support on Wednesday 18 October by attending a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event in Parliament. The occasion marked the launch of a...
Clive today attended the launch of Elthamread 2017 at Eltham Library. Elthamread is a campaign to get everyone living in SE9 to read the same book each October then come together at various events to discuss their views. The aim is to encourage people to read books and talk about them.
The Elthamread book for this year is Stella Duffy's novel London Lies Beneath, Clive opened the event by reading an extract from the book.
The novel is based on the true story of three 12-year-old boys from south London who joined an ill-fated scouting expedition in 1912. The book was picked for its vivid and touching story which generates lots of different themes and issues ripe for discussion.
London Lies Beneath tells the story of three friends, Tom, Jimmy and Itzhak, living in the poor community of Walworth, who are inspired to join Lord Baden-Powell’s newly-formed Boy Scouts and take part in a sailing expedition down the Thames. It is no plot spoiler to reveal that the trip ends in disaster. The book’s coverline states ‘August 1912: three friends set out on an adventure. Two of them come home.
To find out more about Elthamread and to get involved visit http://elthamread.co.uk/
Clive today attended the launch of Elthamread 2017 at Eltham Library. Elthamread is a campaign to get everyone living in SE9 to read the same book each October then come...