Summer 2017

 

PARLIAMENTARY NEWS
 
HEATHROW
I am committed to doing all I can to stop expansion at Heathrow. I have re-established the All Party Parliamentary Group on Heathrow Expansion, which I chair and which sees MPs and peers from all the main parties coordinating our responses to the Government and the airport. With a parliamentary vote on the proposed expansion now delayed again until next year, I am focused on exposing the numerous flaws in Heathrow’s third runway plan and persuading as many of my parliamentary colleagues as possible to oppose this scheme. For an overview of this issue please visit 
LINK.
 
I also continue to coordinate the No 3rd Runway Coalition, which I helped found, and which encompasses all the major politicians, local councils and NGOs who are actively opposing Heathrow expansion. For information about the Coalition, see; LINK)
 
MARINE CONSERVATION
The Conservative Government pledged to give many of our overseas territories marine protected status, and as a consequence we have now protected an area larger than India. This is a campaign I led within Parliament.
I am now working in Parliament to ensure that the policy is fully funded, supported, and expanded to protect as much of the marine environment as possible. Find more amount this issue via this LINK.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT SELECT COMMITTEE
I have been re-elected as a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee of MPs. The Committee scrutinises the work of all government departments in contributing to environmental protection and sustainable development. With Brexit on the horizon, as well as ongoing challenges like air quality, this is a vital time for the Committee and I will be playing a full part in making sure that the Government does more to protect the environment. You can find an article I wrote setting out my views on Brexit and the environment HERE; and you can read more about the Committee’s work HERE.
 
PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES
Though Parliament has only sat for a few weeks since the General Election, I have participated in several debates. Links to some of them can be found below:
To see more of my contributions in Parliament since I became an MP, click HERE
 
WRITTEN QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS
I have tabled numerous questions for Ministers on a wide range of issues since being re-elected, including on Heart Diseases, the Royal Brompton Hospital, Crossrail 2 Line, Heathrow Airport, Regional Airports, Air Pollution and EU Law, the National Policy Statement on Airports and more. Not all have received an answer, as we have been interrupted by the Summer Recess.
Read more HERE
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RICHMOND AND NORTH KINGSTON NEWS
 
NETWORK RAIL
I met with Network Rail to discuss a range of issues such as barrier down times, safer crossings, increased capacity on the line, new carriages and the Waterloo Station Closure. See HERE
 
MORTLAKE BREWERY DEVELOPMENT
I attended the Stag Brewery development site in Mortlake to see the revised proposals for the development. I was joined by new Council Leader Paul Hodgins and other members of Richmond Borough Council. Read more HERE
SCHOOL FOOD MATTERS
I visited Wholefoods where children from Grey Court, Sheen Mount, St Richard’s CE Primary and Trafalgar Junior Schools were running their own micro chutney making business.  See HERE
CLIMATE COALITION WEEK OF ACTION
I led a Q&A at the London Wetland Centre as part of the Climate Coalition week of action with residents and environmental campaigners. See HERE
POLITICS SUMMER SCHOOL
I judged a competition of 15-17 year olds from Richmond Park and North Kingston at the Richmond Conservative Association’s  Politics Summer School. Read more HERE
GREEN FLAG AWARD
I joined Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton to present Richmond Park with a Green Flag Award. Read more HERE
 
ABBEYFIELD’S RISING STARS AWARDS
I presented charity awards to Queen’s School students for their inspiring work with some of our more elderly residents: Read more HERE
RICHMOND PARK ACADEMY
I met with Paul Munday-Castle the new Head of Richmond Park Academy. See HERE
KEW STATION UNVEILING
I joined the Kew Society to open a newly planted area of Kew Gardens Station. The beds were planted by Kew Society volunteers working with TFL, Kew Gardens and the Council. See HERE
KINGSTON COLLEGE
I met up with Peter Mayhew Smith, the Principal of Kingston College to hear about the College’s exciting plans to increase apprenticeships. See HERE
DOUGHTY HOUSE
I met developers at Doughty House and Cllr Sarah Tippett to hear about the plans for this historic building in the heart of Richmond. See HERE
ADHD RICHMOND
I met with ADHD Richmond to discuss the excellent work they’re doing, particularly in the run-up to ADHD awareness month in October. See HERE
ALCOHOL LICENCE FOR SAINSBURY’S 
I have supported residents’ objections to an application made by Sainsburys at Sury Basin to sell alcohol 24 hours, 7 days per week.  
COUNCIL REJECTS VODAFONE MAST AT THE KEEP
An application to install a Vodafone mast at The Keep was rejected in May.  See: LINK 
THE AVENUE CLUB’S NEW HOME
I was invited by the Kew Community Trust to open the Avenue Club’s wonderful new Marwood Room.  See: LINK
PARKING IN KINGSTON 
Residents have reacted with alarm to proposals to increase the cost of parking in Kingston, and to replace the system of ‘scratch cards’ to an online alternative. I have raised the issue with the Council and have urged them to review the proposals in light of the concerns raised.
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OTHER ACTIVITIES IN BRIEF
– I re-established and was elected co-chair of a new cross-party MP group to oppose Heathrow Expansion.  Read more HERE  
– I addressed local businesses at a networking event in Richmond organised by the Business Improvement District (BID). See HERE
– I lent my support to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to help protect elephants from further slaughter for the illegal ivory trade. Read more HERE
– I was voted Deputy Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Ahmadiyya Community. Read HERE
– I was voted co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Read HERE
– I wrote for the The Sunday Times: “Carrying Acid should be treated the same as we treat carrying knives” LINK
– I attended Jalsa Salana- The Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Read more HERE
– I met with Michael Birkenwald from Barnes Hedgehogs to help him with his plans for a Hedgehog Highway through Barnes
– I have supported the Council’s programme of rolling out 10 new EV Charge Points in Barnes & Twickenham. 
– I attended School Food Matters 10th Birthday Picnic.  A great celebration of school food and education. See HERE
– I presented an award for best stand at the Kingston Business Expo. Read more HERE
– I celebrated the 5th anniversary of the Vineyard Community Centre, which I opened in 2012. See HERE
– Congratulations to the Barnes Community Association for another brilliant annual Barnes Summer Fair. See HERE
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PUBLIC MEETINGS AND COFFEE MORNINGS
Since being elected in 2010 I have held well over 500 public meetings and coffee mornings throughout the constituency, and I will be organising more this year. Although we do attempt to put flyers through as many doors as possible, most people find out about these events via email, and on the events page on my website. Please do encourage your friends and neighbours to enter their details [HERE] if they would like to receive email updates. _________________________________________________________
ARRANGING TOURS OF PARLIAMENT AND SCHOOLS VISITS TO PARLIAMENT  
Over the years, I have arranged and taken part in more than 100 Q&A sessions with local Schools, Universities and community groups in Parliament. If you are interested in booking a Q&A in Parliament for your group, please contact me at: zac@zacgoldsmith.com
As your MP, I also arrange individual and group visits to Parliament. Visitors can book tickets to watch parliamentary debates from the viewing gallery, or join a tour of Parliament. All these activities are free of charge.
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PRIVATE SURGERIES
Since being re-elected as your MP, I have met with a great many constituents to discuss issues affecting them, and where possible, to assist with the problems they are experiencing.
If you would like to arrange an appointment at one of my surgeries, please email me at: zac@zacgoldsmith.com with your full name and address, and a summary of the issue/s you wish to discuss.
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SIGN UP
Please encourage your family and friends to get in touch if they would like to receive my email updates. They can contact me by email at: zac@zacgoldsmith.com or register their details in a short online form on my website, HERE
I will not share email addresses with third parties: they will be used exclusively by me to keep residents up to date with important local and national news.
You can also find regular updates on my website HERE
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MY CONTACT DETAILS

Address: 372 Upper Richmond Road West, London SW14 7JU
Telephone: 0208 878 7866

Website: www.zacgoldsmith.com
Twitter: @ZacGoldsmith