Clive Efford MP

Clive Efford - A Strong Voice for Eltham and Plumstead

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Clive has today spoken in Parliament to call on the Government to push ahead with their review of safe standing.

Speaking in the debate, Clive called on the Government to listen to fans - who overwhemingly support safe standing - and made the point that it would be safer for fans to stand in designated areas rather than standing in seated areas, as is currently the case.

You can watch Clive's contribution to the debate below:

This debate follows from Labour's announcment that it is backing the introduction of safe standing at football earlier this month.

Labour's Shadow Sports Minister, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP, announced that the decision to introduce Safe Standing should be devolved down to clubs, fans and safety authorities.

Last year, Labour pledged that all sports should be inclusive for all - by giving fans and supporters the opportunity to have a greater say in how their clubs are run.

During the last few months, Labour has consulted with clubs, supporters’ clubs and trusts, safety authorities, and leagues to undertake a review of opinions around Safe Standing in football.

Clive speaks in support of safe standing

Clive has today spoken in Parliament to call on the Government to push ahead with their review of safe standing. Speaking in the debate, Clive called on the Government to...

Clive is backing the Treat me well campaign from Royal Mencap Society to improve healthcare for people with a learning disability.

Attending Mencap’s Learning Disability Week reception in Parliament on Monday 18th June, Clive spoke with people with a learning disability about the challenges they face when visiting their doctor or a hospital. Shadow Minister Barbara Keeley MP also spoke about the need to tackle this healthcare inequality now.

Mencap reports that three people with a learning disability die avoidably every day. That is to say their deaths would be avoided by improving the quality of healthcare for people with a learning disability.

Mencap’s new campaign, Treat me well, aims to change this by making sure all health professionals receive learning disability awareness training. An important part of this is understanding how to make ‘reasonable adjustments’. These are simple things such as having a quiet space to wait for an appointment, jargon free easy to understand information and longer appointment times as it can sometimes take longer for people with a learning disability to express themselves or they may well need support to do so.

These reasonable adjustments are often small but can really help and even save lives.

Quote from Clive Efford MP:

“Meeting and hearing the stories of people with learning disabilities placed a human face on the shocking statistics around life expectancy for people with learning disabilities.

“I am supporting Mencap’s Treat me well campaign as people with learning disability have the same right as anyone else to receive good healthcare.

“Too often people with learning disability are not helped to understand what the doctor or nurse is explaining, are not provided with easy to understand information about medicines or are given the time to explain how they are feeling.

I look forward to working with Mencap, local Mencap groups and the local NHS to reduce healthcare inequalities for people with learning disability.”

Lloyd Page, Mencap spokesperson with a learning disability:

“Treat me well will help the NHS provide better healthcare to people with learning disabilities. By giving all doctors and nurses learning disability training they will have the skills and knowledge to give the 1.4million people in the UK with a learning disability the best possible healthcare.

“We also want everyone who treats a patient to learn about reasonable adjustments. A reasonable adjustment is when a person goes into hospital and asks for extra support so they can have an equal service to everyone else. Reasonable adjustments are powerful and really help us when they are put in place. All healthcare professionals should offer reasonable adjustments.

“My message for healthcare professionals is to please treat patients with a learning disability well, give us respect, and think about what reasonable adjustments you can give to help us.”

Clive celebrates learning disability week

Clive is backing the Treat me well campaign from Royal Mencap Society to improve healthcare for people with a learning disability. Attending Mencap’s Learning Disability Week reception in Parliament on...

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...

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