Clive Efford MP

Clive Efford - A Strong Voice for Eltham and Plumstead

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DSC_9031.JPGClive showed his support for a new British Red Cross scheme called community reserve volunteers which will create a national network of people ready to help in a local emergency.

Clive attended a Parliamentary drop-in yesterday at the House of Commons, run by the British Red Cross, to meet with volunteers alongside almost 40 other MPs from all parties.

MPs met with British Red Cross volunteers to hear about the initiative, as well as their experiences of being deployed to incidents such as floods and fires, and their reasons for signing up.

The MPs’ support for the project came after a report published by the British Red Cross and Aviva showed that the majority of people in London would want to help if disaster struck in their community but 52% would not know what to do.

The report, ‘When Crisis Hits: mobilising kindness in our communities’, also revealed that 50% of people in London think their community would be unprepared to cope with a large scale emergency such as a fire or flooding.

The scheme hopes to recruit 10,000 community reserve volunteers across the UK by the end of 2019 and it takes just ten minutes to sign up at redcross.org.uk/reserves 

Simon Lewis, Head of Crisis Response at the British Red Cross, said: “By creating a national taskforce of community reserve volunteers we want to put people and their communities at the heart of emergency response, to help communities rebuild and recover faster.

“Everyone has a role to play when disaster strikes, even the smallest act of kindness can make a huge difference. It’s quick and easy to sign up online community reserve volunteers, you don’t need specialist skills and we need your help now more than ever.” 

The volunteers don’t need any specialist skills and will be contacted by text if there is an emergency in their community they could help with. They will undertake vital jobs like packing food parcels, blowing up airbeds for rest centres and filling sandbags in times of flooding. Any necessary training will be given at the scene of the crisis and you can confirm your availability when you are contacted.

The British Red Cross will be running emergency simulation exercises across the country to effectively practise deployment of this new team of volunteers in the coming months.

To learn more about the British Red Cross’ Community Reserve Volunteer scheme with Aviva and how to sign up, visit: redcross.org.uk/reserves 

Clive backs British Red Cross community reserve volunteer project

Clive showed his support for a new British Red Cross scheme called community reserve volunteers which will create a national network of people ready to help in a local emergency....

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Clive has joined the RSPCA in Parliament to campaign for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.

Circuses are wholly unsuitable environments for wild animals, with repeated studies showing that circus life is likely to have a significantly harmful impact on the welfare of many types of animals1. An increasing number of countries have now introduced bans on the use of wild animals in circuses, leaving the UK lagging behind on this important issue of animal welfare2.

A total ban is long overdue and is supported by the public. With the existing regulations due to expire in January 2020, now is the time for the Government to take action to cement the UK’s position as a world leader in animal welfare3.

Clive Efford said:

“I’m proud to support the RSPCA in campaigning to bring an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. We are a nation of animal lovers, so I find it shocking that this practice is still happening in the UK today. It is time for the Government to take action.”

Ros Clubb, Senior Scientific Manager for Captive Wild Animals, said:

“Wild animals do not belong in the circus. We continue to push the Westminster Government to bring in its manifesto promise to ban the outdated practice of using wild animals in circuses in England as we believe these animals cannot be cared for adequately within the current level of regulations. Circuses touring with wild animals need to be finally consigned to the history books. In 2018, there's simply no excuse for it.”

Clive calls on Government to ban the use of wild animals in circuses

Clive has joined the RSPCA in Parliament to campaign for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. Circuses are wholly unsuitable environments for wild animals, with repeated...

Clive has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling to reiterate his demand for Govia to be prevented from bidding again on the contract for Southeastern rail services.

Clive has also called for an investigation into the train which became stranded outside Lewisham on the 5th April - this occurred just over one month after a similar incident took place on the 2nd March.

You can read the text of Clive's letter below

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Clive calls for inquiry after another train is stranded outside Lewisham

Clive has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling to reiterate his demand for Govia to be prevented from bidding again on the contract for Southeastern rail...

Clive Efford has congratulated Charlton Athletic Commuity Trust (CACT) on being awarded the London Community Club of the year award.

The trust impressed judges with their ground-breaking work to form Invicta FC - making CACT the first ever professional trust to launch a dedicated LGBT friendly team.

Clive attended the award ceremony and congratulated the trust on their 'trail-blazing' work in the community.

Clive congratulates Charlton Community Trust on award win

Clive Efford has congratulated Charlton Athletic Commuity Trust (CACT) on being awarded the London Community Club of the year award. The trust impressed judges with their ground-breaking work to form...

Clive_Efford_MP_taxi.jpegClive today met with Steve MacNamara, General Secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA) in Westminster to test out the new, fully electric black cab. The electric taxi – the ‘TX’ – hit London’s streets for the first time earlier this year, and already almost 50 are out picking up passengers. Clive and Steve discussed the need to ensure that the charging infrastructure is place to support these cabbies, and help more switch to the new vehicle.

The taxi trade is leading the charge in transitioning London’s transport network to be zero emission. However, drivers need to feel confident when buying the new taxi that widespread accessible, affordable and reliable rapid electric charging infrastructure is in place.

For every minute a taxi driver is off the road, they are losing potential income. This is why installing rapid charge points is essential for the trade as it move's over to electric vehicles. This week, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announed that 100 new rapid charge points and now up and running.

Manufactured by the London Electric Vehicle Company in their factory in Coventry, the new electric black cab’s e-City technology allows for a range of up to 400 miles including up to 80 miles pure electric. Alongside its green credentials it has a panoramic sunroof, spacious seating for six passengers, enhanced accessibility features, in-vehicle charging and wi-fi.

Speaking after test driving the new taxi, Clive said:Clive_Efford_MP_taxi_(1).jpg

“Big thanks to the LTDA for letting me test out the new cab.

“This is a big leap forward for the taxi trade and we need to be doing all we can to support more drivers to make this change, and tackle the dangerous levels of air pollution in London.

 

Clive tests out new electric taxi

Clive today met with Steve MacNamara, General Secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA) in Westminster to test out the new, fully electric black cab. The electric taxi –...

Clive Efford has today spoken in Parliament to raise concerns that the 2018 FIFA world cup will be used as a propaganda tool by Putin and has called on the Government to work with the FA, the BBC and FIFA to minimise opportunities for it to be used in that way. Click the video above to watch Clive's question

Clive raises concerns about the use of 2018 world cup as propaganda tool

Clive Efford has today spoken in Parliament to raise concerns that the 2018 FIFA world cup will be used as a propaganda tool by Putin and has called on the...

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 I20180228_133202.jpgnternational 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 supports campaign for UK ivory ban to protect elephants

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 calls for Govia to be refused permission to rebid for southeastern franchise

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...

IMG_0747.JPGThis 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.”

Clive signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

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...

sadiq_and_clive.jpgClive has condemned the Government’s official decision to cut all Victoria Line services on the Bexleyheath Line as “unacceptable”

Clive condemns Government's Victoria Line cuts

Clive has condemned the Government’s official decision to cut all Victoria Line services on the Bexleyheath Line as “unacceptable” Read more

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