Clive Efford MP

Clive Efford - A Strong Voice for Eltham and Plumstead

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DLILA4lXcAAhSqN.jpgClive 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 launches Elthamread 2017

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...

cinema_meeting.jpgClive has written to Greenwich Councils's Licensing department to ask for changes to the licensing hours requested by Vue for their new cinema in Eltham High Street.

Clive calls for changes to licence application for Vue Cinema

Clive has written to Greenwich Councils's Licensing department to ask for changes to the licensing hours requested by Vue for their new cinema in Eltham High Street. Read more

Efford__Clive.jpgClive is supporting urgent calls from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for greater protection for elephants which are being decimated for the ivory trade.

Elephant populations are at an all-time low with the species facing extinction due to the ivory poaching crisis which is killing at least 20,000 elephants each year.

Clive attended IFAW’s Westminster launch of a new report on the illegal ivory trade across Europe, (Ivory seizures in Europe, 2006-2015), which found that the European Union is still a destination for illegal ivory, a major transit route between countries and a key exporter of antique ivory to South East Asian markets.

IFAW is calling for a UK ban on the ivory trade as well as a European-wide ban. It is also running an ivory surrender, with members of the public being invited to surrender their own ivory which will be destroyed as part of a campaign to close the UK’s ivory market and save the iconic elephant from the threat of extinction.

Clive said: “I am very pleased to support IFAW’s campaign to increase protection for elephants as a matter of urgency. I also encourage members of the public to stand up for elephants by rejecting ivory which should only be valued on a live elephant.

“IFAW’s research shows that the UK and Europe as a whole do play a role in the illegal ivory chain and reinforces the need for an ivory ban here in the UK and right across Europe to close these markets and help save elephants in the wild.”

New polling recently released by IFAW revealed that the vast majority of the UK public want to protect elephants with a UK trade ban and do not wish to purchase ivory themselves. An overwhelming 95% of respondents polled by YouGov stated that they would not be interested in purchasing antique ivory.

“Similarly, we are heartened by the strong political will to increase protection for elephants. However, with time running out for these animals we need the Government to announce an ivory trade ban now. With the UK’s largest ivory seizure to date in 2015 at Heathrow Airport weighing an incredible 110 kilos, it is clear the UK plays a significant role in the illegal ivory trade, as well as the legal trade.”

Defra is expected to announce a consultation on a UK ivory ban in the very near future and IFAW will be asking Members of Parliament to respond to the consultation to establish the most effective ban possible. China and the US have both recently made strong moves to tackle their own domestic ivory markets.

Anyone wishing to donate ivory items to IFAW’s ivory surrender is asked to post them to: Campaigns Department, International Fund for Animal Welfare, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7UD. For queries or large items, email info-uk@ifaw.org or call 020 7587 6700.

Clive pledges support for elephants

Clive is supporting urgent calls from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for greater protection for elephants which are being decimated for the ivory trade. Elephant populations are at...

winter_garden.jpgI am delighted that so many local people are campaigning to help save the Winter Garden in Avery Hill.  These beautiful buildings are indeed a vital part of our heritage.  As a local resident and parent of children who grew up in Eltham, I will always work to secure a long-term future for the site.

Clive campaigns to save the Winter Garden

I am delighted that so many local people are campaigning to help save the Winter Garden in Avery Hill.  These beautiful buildings are indeed a vital part of our heritage. ... Read more

beer_tax_barrel_march_2016.jpgClive Efford is calling on his constituents to help him find the best pub chef in the area.

The head chef from the pub with the most nominations will be entered into a national judging process to find the Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony in the House of Commons early next year.

Pubs are vital to the local economy in every community. This award seeks to highlight the national shortage of pub chefs and is aimed at promoting the pub chef as a career option.

Clive is a long-time supporter of the pub trade and has previously been presented with the prestigious Beer Champion award by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) recognising his work campaigning for beer and pubs.

Launching the competition, Clive Efford said:

“Across Eltham we have an exceptional choice of pubs and this competition provides an opportunity to recognise the work of the chefs behind the great food our pubs serve.

So if you think your local serves a marvellous madras, fabulous fish and chips, tasty toad in the hole or a cracking carvery send me an email to let me know.”

Clive will be making a nomination for the best pub chef in Eltham in October – so email the name of the Eltham pub that you think serves the best grub to clive@cliveefford.org.uk by the 30th September.

Help Clive Efford find Eltham's best Pub Grub

Clive Efford is calling on his constituents to help him find the best pub chef in the area. The head chef from the pub with the most nominations will be...

IMG_2564.JPGClive Efford has been re-elected as MP for the Eltham constituency which covers Eltham, New Eltham, Kidbrooke, Shooters Hill and parts of Mottingham, Lee, Blackheath, and Plumstead. 

Clive re-elected as MP for Eltham

Clive Efford has been re-elected as MP for the Eltham constituency which covers Eltham, New Eltham, Kidbrooke, Shooters Hill and parts of Mottingham, Lee, Blackheath, and Plumstead.  Read more

sadiq_and_clive.jpgChris Grayling, the Conservative minister for transport, has called for the train services from Eltham to Charing Cross and Victoria to be cut.  Under his Department's proposals trains on the Bexleyheath line will only run to Cannon Street.

 

Clive demands that the Government scrap cuts to services to Charing Cross and Victoria

Chris Grayling, the Conservative minister for transport, has called for the train services from Eltham to Charing Cross and Victoria to be cut.  Under his Department's proposals trains on the... Read more

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...

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