This summer, local MP Layla Moran is touring the villages in Oxford West & Abingdon to meet with local residents.
Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has been nominated for the MP of the Year Award by members of the public, in recognition of her work over the past year.
Layla, who won the People’s Choice Other Party MP of the Year award in 2018, said she was “delighted”.
The MP of the Year Awards give individuals, and those from grassroots community organisations, the opportunity to commend MPs for the hard work they do throughout the year, particularly in relation to their work with minority communities.
The public first nominates MPs. Winners are chosen in two ways. The first are Judge’s Awards, chosen by an independent panel of judges who blind judge the nominees by considering the work and accolades of the selected MPs. The second looks to the public to determine the winners of the People’s Choice Awards.
Liberal Democrat analysis of new Home Office figures, published this week, has revealed that the Conservative Government cut funding to Thames Valley Police by 5.9% in real terms between 2015-16 and 2019-20.
According to Liberal Democrat analysis, total government funding to all 43 forces (in 2019-20 prices) fell from £8.48 billion in 2015-16 to £7.99 billion in 2019-20. 32 of the 43 forces across the country experienced cuts of 6% or more.
Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has expressed her delight as Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership, who she nominated along with other Oxon MPs, won the national Excellence in Mental Health Care Award today in Parliament. They were shortlisted last month for the South East.
The partnership brings together six specialist mental health organisations to create positive initiatives that improve the lives of people living with mental health challenges. Teams offer a wide range of interventions including inpatient hospital care, community mental health and third sector services to get people back into employment, education, stable accommodation and relationships. Effective recovery is holistic and OMHP provides a complete recovery package supporting people through their journey, focusing on emotional and physical care and wellbeing, education and skills, employment, financial stability, housing.
Today at PMQs, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable MP asked the Prime Minister what she was going to do about the burning injustices in education, given that her own alma mater, Wheatley Park School in Oxfordshire, has warned it needs to go part time due to budget pressures.
Sir Vince said: “References are already being made to the Prime Minister’s moving speech on ‘burning injustices’ in education. On the day when her own former school, I understand Wheatley Park Comprehensive School near Oxford, is planning to move to part time education because of what the headteacher calls ‘enormous financial pressures’. Does she not agree that she must secure, before she leaves office, additional funding outside the spending review?”
In her own constituency of Oxford West and Abingdon, Lib Dem Education Spokesperson Layla Moran has spoken to staff whose schools can no longer afford to employ teachers five days a week. According to the House of Commons Library, 89% of schools in the constituency are facing a funding shortfall, with its cumulative size since 2015/16 totalling £5 million.
Yesterday, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon Layla Moran led the Estimates Day debate for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's spending on behalf of the Public Accounts Committee.
Layla highlighted the Conservatives’ legacy in the Vale of White Horse, speaking about the council’s lack of funding for basic services, and financial woes, at a time of rising social care demand. The lack of central government grants “isn’t enough to fund basic services”, she said, “they are having to eat into their reserves.”
She also spoke about the Tories’ mismanagement of the Vale’s finances locally, saying: “An outsourcing agreement that was meant to save the councils involved £50million has in fact saved none and is projected to cost the taxpayer money. We are in a dire situation in the Vale.”
Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, today said she was “delighted” that two local services she nominated for the NHS Parliamentary Awards have been shortlisted.
Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership, together with Carol Gee and the Vaughan Thomas Ward at Warneford hospital have been shortlisted for the South East region. They will go up against those shortlisted from the other regions to compete for the final awards at a special ceremony in Parliament on 10 July.
Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership was shortlisted for the Excellence in Mental Health Care Award, whilst Carol Gee and the Vaughan Thomas Ward have been shortlisted for the Future NHS Award.
Commenting, Layla said:
“I’m absolutely delighted. The innovative and excellent work that both OMHP and the Vaughan Thomas Ward are doing is so inspiring.
“I look forward to meeting them on 10 July in Parliament, and to finding out if they’ve won the national awards!”
Layla Moran, the Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has today visited Richard Ratcliffe outside the Iranian embassy in central London. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been on hunger strike under imprisonment in Iran for ten days, and her husband Richard is joining her from the UK to raise awareness of her ongoing plight.
Layla spoke to Richard about his strike, and asked what she could do to help. Moran previously called on the Prime Minister to do everything possible to free Nazanin. Richard’s aunt Rosemary Gay, and her husband Colin, from north Oxford, have also supported him.
Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, yesterday pressed on the Government the need to consult local NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) as a matter of course during procurement processes.
Her question to the Minister, Seema Kennedy MP, comes after it came to light that the Oxfordshire CCG was not consulted at all on the controversial decision to award the PET-CT scanning contract in the Thames Valley to private firm InHealth. As part of a nationwide procurement process, the PET-CT decision bypassed the need for accountability to local bodies.
In yesterday’s oral questions, where Anneliese Dodds and Ed Vaizey also raised the issue, Layla said: “Surely the reason we have got to this point is that the clinical commissioning group was never actually consulted on what was right for the local population. How can the Minister ensure that, in future, centralised procurement services and local CCGs are always consulted as a matter of course?”
Moran, together with other Oxfordshire MPs, met with Kennedy yesterday afternoon to discuss why the Department for Health and Social Care refused to accept Oxfordshire Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s (HOSC) statutory referral over the procurement decision. This would have given the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care the final decision on whether to award InHealth the contract.
Speaking ahead of the launch tomorrow of Crisis’ report into the case for repealing the Vagrancy Act of 1824, which criminalises rough sleeping in England and Wales, leading campaigner Layla Moran MP has said that “now is the time to act”.
The MP for Oxford West and Abingdon held a debate in the House of Commons in January on her campaign to repeal the Vagrancy Act, and also introduced a Bill to repeal it in February 2018.
The report says that the Act “does not tackle the problems people have, and there is evidence that it can also push people further from the help they need.”
At the launch of the report tomorrow afternoon, Layla will urge the Government to repeal the law, saying that “you can’t ignore the evidence”.