Summer 2018

Summer 2018

 

Dear Resident,

I wanted to send you news of some of my activities since my last update in December. It starts with news from Parliament and moves on to the constituency.

I have tried to keep the details brief, but have included links to most of the stories for anyone wanting to read more. If you would like more information, please feel free to email me at: zac@zacgoldsmith.com

Best wishes,

Zac Goldsmith MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston

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PARLIAMENTARY NEWS

HEATHROW EXPANSION

I re-established and co-chair the cross-party group of MPs against a third runway and am leading opposition to the expansion in and outside of Parliament. With a vote expected in the coming weeks, I continue to build on the alliance among MPs of all parties. I am working closely with the No 3rd Runway Coalition that I set up to unite local communities, campaign groups and MPs in opposition to Heathrow expansion. I will of course vote against expansion myself, but regardless of the outcome, the campaign will continue and I am confident we will succeed. For an overview please visit LINK.

PLASTIC WASTE

I am leading calls for a strong UK response to the dire problem of plastic in our oceans, with a ban on all single-use plastics as soon as is feasibly possible and a proper analysis of the types of plastic we use, with the aim of reducing the amount in circulation.

BREXIT AND THE ENVIRONMENT

I was pleased to have convinced the Government to accept an amendment to its EU Withdrawal Bill to ensure that Brexit will benefit the environment. My amendment compels ministers to create a powerful and independent environmental governance body for the UK when we leave the EU, as well as a strong statement of environmental principles to which all government policy must adhere.

IVORY AND THE ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE

I have campaigned for an end to the ivory trade for years and so I was delighted to speak in support of the Government’s new Ivory Bill, which will do just that. I am working to ensure that this bill is as strong as it can be. This means making sure that it extends to all ivory-bearing species – like hippos, killer whales and narwhals – and not just elephants – and that it is passed in time for the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference hosted by the UK in October.

AHMADIYYA MUSLIM COMMUNITY

As a co-Chair of the all-Party Group, I spoke in a cross-party debate in Parliament to condemn the persecution faced by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in the UK and across the world. Having seen the fantastic community work they do and having attended the annual Ahmadiyya convention last year, I urged the Government to be much stronger in tackling anti-Ahmadi hatred at home and abroad.

HEZBOLLAH

I have called on the Government to proscribe the political wing of the terrorist organisation Hezbollah, which currently only has its military wing banned. In a debate in Parliament, I argued that there is no difference between the two wings, and that the Government should make our country safer by stopping activities of this organisation.

PAROLE BOARD TRANSPARENCY

Following the successful appeal against the early release of serial sex offender John Worboys by his brave victims, I am campaigning for this case to be a watershed in how the Parole Board operates in the UK. Specifically, I am calling on the Ministry of Justice to make sure that victims can hear the Board’s reasons for a proposed release, access the evidence on which this is based, and challenge decisions.

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PARLIAMENTARY NEWS IN BRIEF

* Zac hosts screening of ‘Glittering Prizes’ * Zac secures Government support for Green Brexit Law * Zac hosts the Whale Company in Parliament * Zac supports calls for a UK Fur - import ban * Zac condemns persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims * Zac leads campaign to end online wildlife trade and protect endangered species * Zac Goldsmith calls for an end to puppy farming * Zac congratulates the Government on the UK Ivory Sales ban * Zac speaks at Organic Natural Products show * Zac backs Green Brexit at Prosperity UK Conference * MPs meet Transport Secretary to raise concerns on Heathrow Expansion * Zac Hosts Kew Gardens Reception in Parliament * Zac presses Boris to put Marine Conservation at the top of the agenda * Zac chairs an all-party group condemning Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) * FGM Event – Marking the Day of Zero Tolerance * Zac Chairs a cross party group on Heathrow * Zac Goldsmith signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment * Zac hosts the DEFRA 25 year Environment Plan and Soils * Zac hosts showing of 'in our hands' with an Agroecology cross party group * Zac campaigns for the end of live animal exports * Zac campaigns against the unsustainable fishing practices * Zac speaks with Micheal Gove at the Real Farming Conference

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PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES

I have participated in numerous debates on a variety of topics in the last few months. Links to some of them can be found below:

Heathrow (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) Ivory Bill (1) (2) Plastic Waste and the Marine Environment (1) (2) (3) Worboys Case and the Parole Board (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) Cosmetic Testing on Animals (1) (2) Anti-Corruption Strategy: Illegal Wildlife Trade (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) Leaving the EU: Live Farm Animal Exports (1) (2) (3) (4) Proscription of Hezbollah (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)

Fur Trade Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Somaliland Transport Emissions: Urban Areas Gaza: UN Human Rights Council Vote Sale of Puppies Iran Nuclear Deal Anti-Semitism Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Environmental Audit Committee, Health and Social Care Committee and Transport Committee UK Relations: Saudi Arabia Maldives: Political Situation Kew Gardens (Leases)

To see more of my contributions in Parliament since I became an MP, click HERE

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WRITTEN QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS I regularly table written questions to Ministers on a wide variety of issues. The most recent have focused on Nuclear Power, Marine Protected Areas, Britain’s Overseas territories, Black Cabs, Police Finance, Animal Welfare, Plastic Bags, Solar Power, Hezbollah, the Parole Board, Lyme Disease, Drones, Heathrow expansion, Carbon emissions and Biofuels and more. Read more HERE

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EARLY DAY MOTIONS:

I have proposed, seconded and signed numerous EDMs since becoming an MP in 2010. The most recent include: LABELLING OF MEAT AND MILK BY FARMING METHOD REDUCING PLASTIC USE IN PARLIAMENT COLLECTING DATA ON ELECTION CANDIDATE DIVERSITY LUCY'S LAW: IMMEDIATE BAN ON THE SALE OF PUPPIES BY PET SHOPS AND OTHER THIRD-PARTY COMMERCIAL DEALERS THE 2019 LOAN CHARGE PUB CLOSURES BACK PAY FOR SLEEP-IN RESIDENTIAL WORKERS CRISIS SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF MODERN SLAVERY BIRDS REARED IN CAGES TO BE SHOT FOR SPORT ANTARCTIC OCEAN SANCTUARY HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY 2018 NATIONAL SIKH WAR MEMORIAL

To see the full list click HERE

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SELECTION OF ARTICLES and VIDEOS WATCH my speech on The Ivory Bill WATCH my Heathrow Statement Question WATCH my question to the PM on Grenfell Tower WATCH my speech against the persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslims READ about The Greenest Government Ever READ about Zac’s views on Hezbollah

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RICHMOND AND NORTH KINGSTON NEWS

11 MILLION FOR MENTAL HEALTH

I was pleased to help secure a large capital investment of £11.1m fpr mental health services in Barnes. Read more HERE

MEETING WITH NHS LEADERS

I met with local NHS Leaders to talk about local services and in particular mental health services in Richmond. Read more HERE

BARNES PRIMARY CHARITY CYCLISTS

I sent off 30 parents who are cycling 200 miles from Barnes Primary to Paris in an effort to raise money for ‘me too and co’ and the school. Read more HERE

‘DEMENTIA DOESN’T STOP ME’ EVENT

I joined Dick Taylor and the Alzheimer’s Society in Richmond and Kingston at a ‘Dementia Doesn’t Stop Me’ event. Read more HERE

CONSERVATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS DEBATE

I joined a panel with Cllr Pam Fleming, Professor Roger Mason and activist Allison Ogden-Newton to debate environmental politics on 23 May at St Luke’s Church in Kew. Read more HERE

MAY FAIR

I attended the May Fair on Richmond Green with Cllr Fleming and spoke to many of the 145 stall holders. Read more HERE

GREAT PLASTIC PICK UP

I was joined by Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Keep Britain Tidy at a “Great Plastic Pick Up” event in Richmond Park. Read more HERE

GREAT MORTLAKE BAKE-OFF

I announced the winners at this year’s Great Mortlake Bake-Off. Amateur bakers of all ages were invited to take part in the event. Read more HERE

BARNES LITERATURE FESTIVAL

I met with Steven Mindel Chair of the Barnes Community Association at the Barnes Literature Festival Read more HERE

SHOOTING STAR CHILDREN’S HOSPICE VISIT

I met with Karen Sugarman, Director of Fundraising Development of the extraordinary Shooting Star Children’s Hospice. The hospice is a leading charity for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their friends and families. Read more HERE

STUDENTS VISIT 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. Most recently I welcomed A-Level students from Putney High School for a Tour and Q&A in Parliament. Read more HERE. I also held a Q&A with Year 6 students from Fern Hill school in Kingston who were shown a new film about the Suffragettes. Read more HERE

ELECTRIC TAXI

I tested 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. Read more HERE

HAM SOS EASTER TEA

I celebrated Easter with the Ham and Petersham SOS group a community group in Ham. Read more HERE

ANTI-SCAM EVENT

I opened an anti-scam event hosted by the Richmond Police at Twickenham Stadium. Among the speakers was Met Commissioner Cressida Dick who spoke about the Met’s work tackling scams and online crime. Read more HERE

ASSEMBLY AT ALEXANDRA SCHOOL

I took part in an assembly at Alexandra School in Kingston with local Councillor Andrea Craig.The assembly focused on British values, democracy and the rule of law. Read more HERE

GERMAN SCHOOL OPENING OF NEW SPORTS HALL

I was invited to speak at the official opening of a new sports centre at The German School in Ham. The event was organised by the German Embassy. The new main hall serves over 1000 pupils Read more HERE

HEATHROW PUBLIC MEETING WITH JUSTINE GREENING

I co-hosted a public meeting with Justine Greening MP to discuss Heathrow Expansion and to update residents about the campaign against it. Read more HERE

KINGSTON HOSPITAL NEW EMERGENCY WING

I visited Kingston Hospital to see their greatly improved and expanded emergency wing. The transformation includes a new urgent treatment centre, an expanded Major Emergency Area and new improved Resuscitation Areas. Read more HERE

CYBER BULLYING

I attended a reception highlighting the roll-out of a major programme to offer every UK secondary school dedicated digital safety ambassadors. Read more HERE

VISIT BY CHARITIES AND SPORTS MINISTER

I welcomed a visit by Tracey Crouch MP, the Charities and Sports Minister. We visited Grey Court School to meet with young sports scholars and then went onto The Vineyard Community Centre a brilliant local charity does to help the poorest and most vulnerable in our community. Read more HERE

ULEZ

I have urged TfL to extend the ultra-low emission zone to include the North and South Circulars and encouraged residents to do so also via TfL’s recent consultation. Read more HERE

YEMENI WOMAN TO RAISE FLAG AT THE SOUTH POLE

I accompanied local resident Tasleem Mulhall to the Yemeni embassy in South Kensington to accept the state’s flag from the country’s Deputy Head of Mission in Britain. The flag will be used by Ms Muhall on her exhibition to the South Pole in November Read more HERE

SOUTH WESTERN RAIL (SWR)

I called a meeting with Andy Mellors, the Director of SWR on Tuesday 20th February to discuss the ongoing reliability issues with the service. HERE

JAHA’S PROMISE

I held a screening of Jaha’s Promise at Kingston Academy to mark International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. The film explores Jaha Dukureh’s life in the Gambia and the USA and her pioneering efforts to end the practice of FGM. Read more HERE

THOMSON HOUSE SCHOOL

I met with parents at Thompson House School in early February to talk about road safety ideas as well as air quality on Sheen Lane. I received myriad ideas from concerned local parents on the issue. Read more HERE

KEEP BRITAIN TIDY

I joined thousands of environmentally concerned #LitterHeroes from 2-4 March to Keep Britain Tidy. The annual event garnered the support of 400,000 people this year, including businesses, children, local authorities, community groups and others. Read more HERE

EAST SHEEN OPENS NEW WING

I addressed students, faculty and administrators at East Sheen Primary School in late January, celebrating East Sheen Primary’s new building extension. I was joined by students to cut the ceremonial ribbon, declaring the new facilities open. Read more HERE

MACMILLAN CANCER RESEARCH FUNDRAISER

I was invited to judge the Canbury Bake Off for Macmillan Cancer Research. The event raised £800 for Macmillan UK, which provides support for people being treated for cancer, as well as their family and friends. Read more HERE

SHEEN LANE CROSSING

I have hosted a series of meetings to discuss safety at Sheen Lane crossing. Attendees include TFL, Network Rail, Richmond Council, the Developer of the Mortlake Brewery, Thompson House and Mortlake Brewery Community Group as well as Cllr Peter Buckwell Cabinet Member for Transport at Richmond Council, Cllr Paul Avon and Tony Arbour AM. Read more HERE

THAMES LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP RECEPTION

I hosted the third Westminster Reception of The Thames Landscape Strategy in Parliament with founding Patron Sir David Attenborough. The Thames Landscape Strategy is one of the UK’s most respected environmental partnerships. Read more HERE

SAFETY AT EAST SHEEN PRIMARY

I took part in a follow-up meeting at East Sheen Primary school with Head Mistress Liz Page, Cllr Peter Buckwell, and TFL to discuss measures to improve safety outside the school. Read more HERE

SCHOOLS FUNDING AND SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

I met with Cllr Susan Chappell Head of Children’s services at Richmond Council, Charis Penfold from Achieving for Children, Alex Hardy from RUIL’s and Penny Hoffmann-Becking from the SEND Family Voices to discuss funding for Special Education Needs locally. In Parliament, I have called on Ministers to provide more funding for SEN provision in affected boroughs. Read more HERE

PLAY NATURALLY

I took part in a ‘Play Naturally’ event at the Barnes Wetland Centre, where he raised the importance of outdoor play and learning. Read more HERE

NAT WEST

I arranged to meet NatWest and the Barnes Community Association in Parliament to hand them a petition demanding that they retain both the East Sheen Branch and Barnes Branch of NatWest. Read more HERE. Following this meeting I also convened a meeting with the local Post Office who will be taking on banking services in the area. Read more HERE

PRIME MINISTER VISITS BARNES WETLAND CENTRE

I welcomed the Prime Minister Theresa May to Barnes Wetlands Centre where she launched the Government’s 25 year Environment Plan. It was the first speech delivered by a British Prime Minister solely on the environment for a quarter of a century. Read more HERE

POPPY FACTORY

I visited the Poppy Factory, the country’s leading employment charity for veterans with disabilities. After lobbying by Zac, the Chancellor of the Exchequer agreed to award The Poppy Factory £2.5mn. Read more 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.

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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

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CONTACT ME

Post: 372 Upper Richmond Road West, London SW14 7JU Telephone 0208 878 7866 Email: zac@zacgoldsmith.com Website: www.zacgoldsmith.com Follow me on Twitter: @ZacGoldsmith