This week, on Thursday 16th May, Oxfordshire MP Layla Moran will bring the issue of flooding in Oxford West and Abingdon to Parliament. She will be putting the issue back on the agenda in order to highlight the controversial scrapping of the Abingdon scheme, and the delays suffered by the Oxford flood scheme.
As it stands, in Oxford the scheme will not be completed until 2024 at the earliest, which has angered residents, although the money for this has been secured. The same story can’t be told for the Abingdon scheme, which was completely scrapped in January amidst spiralling cost projections and the Government’s inability to provide more funding itself.
Layla Moran then chaired a local meeting in Abingdon with the Environment Agency about flooding but felt that the issue needed to be taken further, and will now be putting forward the case in Parliament as a “matter of urgency”.
Layla Moran has joined 50 Members of Parliament from seven political parties to establish a groundbreaking network for cross-party campaigning in Westminster.
The More United MP Network is the latest addition to a fast-changing landscape in the House of Commons and its members have committed to working cross-party in the national interest, no matter who is in power.
The network will tackle ‘issues ignored because of Brexit’ by the emerging cross-party movement of over 150,000 members who share a desire to move Britain forward. Initial campaigns will focus on poverty and homelessness, responsible technology, mental health and urgent climate dangers.
More United members are able to support campaigns through online petitions, surveys and write to your MP initiatives as well as local outreach and lobbying events. Members across the UK are able to work with politicians from all parties through More United campaigns, no matter which constituency they live in and they also have a vote on which MPs to support at election time.
With millions of people signing online petitions there is a clear appetite for using digital technology to engage with politics. By fusing online engagement opportunities with MPs of all parties the group intends to become a significant mass movement with 250,000 members and 100 MPs onboard by the end of 2020.
Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran has today welcomed 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg to Parliament alongside Ed Miliband, Caroline Lucas and Speaker John Bercow.
The MPs and Speaker met with the “inspirational and driven” Greta to discuss the role of young people in climate activism, and the more recent climate strikes by Extinction Rebellion.
The Lib Dem MP has been vocal on the issue of climate change, actively supporting the recent school climate strikes in Oxford as well as holding a debate on carbon emissions alongside Green MP Caroline Lucas.
[Layla pictured with Greta Thunberg, Caroline Lucas, John Bercow and Ed Miliband]
On the 10th anniversary of the Churchill Hospital opening Layla Moran has written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, asking if he will visit it with her in light of the ongoing controversy surrounding PET-CT scanning services in the area. He has to make the final decision over whether to hand the contract to private firm InHealth.
Layla has pressured the Secretary of State to intervene over the procurement process which has led to private firm InHealth being awarded the contract in all but name. She has said the Secretary of State “has to come and see for himself” the excellent PET-CT service offered by the NHS at the Churchill, and speak to residents, patients and doctors about their concerns.
The Lib Dem MP has consistently fought against any privatisation at the Churchill alongside residents and Oxfordshire MPs alike. Layla has been raising their concerns over the controversy and, now it has been referred to the Government, she has said “it’s the least he can do” to visit the hospital.
Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran has welcomed the news that an agreement has been struck that means PET-CT scanning services may yet remain at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford.
Layla has consistently been campaigning to get answers from InHealth, NHS England and the Government about a “murky” procurement process that saw the vital cancer service come under threat of relocation and the loss of the hospital’s clinical expertise.
The Lib Dem MP, working alongside other Oxon MPs, put pressure on stakeholders involved in the process to ensure that the service would maintain the same level of accessibility, quality and cost.
Layla has hailed the ‘in-principle agreement’ between NHS England, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and InHealth as a win and has said she will “keep up the pressure” on all the stakeholders involved to ensure that the decisions taken around these vital scans is in the best interest of patients in the area.
Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has written to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs today to request an urgent meeting in order to secure adequate funding for flood alleviation in Abingdon.
Writing to Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, Layla highlighted the “clear disparity” between flood spending in Oxford and Abingdon. Whilst the recently-scrapped Abingdon Flood Alleviation Scheme was projected to cost £9.7 million, a far more substantial £150 million is being spent on Oxford’s defences, according to recent projections.
The letter follows Coffey’s response to a Parliamentary Question tabled by Layla Moran regarding flooding prevention in Abingdon. In her response, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State wrote that ‘[f]unding is allocated consistently across the country’, despite the apparent inconsistency in Oxfordshire.
Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran has called for more action from the Government on flooding. This comes in light of a Parliamentary Question revealing that since 2015 only £1.2 million has been spent on flooding prevention in Abingdon.
Layla recently called a public meeting on the Abingdon Flood Alleviation Scheme, which was promised and then scrapped by the Environment Agency due to spiralling costs of almost £9.7 million. She has said that the current spending on flooding is “not good enough” and more must be done to make up for the “disappointment” cancelling the scheme brought to residents.
The Government defended its record by saying the Environment Agency has spent £1.2 million on some flood risk reduction in Abingdon since April 2015. This is compared to the £150 million being spent on reducing flooding risks in Oxford.
Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran has called out Conservatives on Oxfordshire County Council after they have withdrawn their commitment to submit a bid for the B4044 community path from Eynsham to Botley.
Liberal Democrat MP has consistently backed the campaign for the path to be built in order to boost sustainable transport in the county however the County Council has recently announced it will be left out of their bid to the Government.
As a cycling champion, Layla has shared the outrage of cycling groups in Oxfordshire in light of this decision. Layla who is a vice chair on the Parliamentary group for cycling has been a supporter of the path from the beginning and will be putting pressure on the Council to give their support to the B4044 path.
Last week was a huge week for Brexit votes and, unsurprisingly, not much changed.
Firstly, I was exasperated at the Parliamentary groundhog day we experienced when Theresa May’s deal was defeated by a crushing margin for the second time. It showed that both Leavers and Remainers refuse to support the Prime Minister’s botched Brexit deal.
I have consistently opposed this deal from the day Theresa May secured it, on the basis that it pales in comparison to the deal we already have as members of the EU. It is clear that Tory MPs can also not support this deal, and the Prime Minister can therefore not control her own party.
Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran has called for a fresh public consultation surrounding the “opaque” procurement process that will see PET-CT scanning services be awarded to private company InHealth.
Layla, alongside other Oxfordshire MPs, has put pressure on the Government after the revelation was made that NHS England will be awarding the contract for PET-CT scanning services to a private firm rather than to the Churchill Hospital, who have provided the vital service to cancer patients since 2005.
Ms Moran has asked a series of Parliamentary Questions on the issue surrounding effects that the decision will have on accessibility, cost and quality of care by moving the service. Responding, the Minister said these were “included in the evaluation criteria”.
In addition to this Layla has also written to the Chair of the Cancer NPoC Board to request a meeting on the matter, expressing major concerns over the procurement process and calling for a “full public consultation” at the “earliest opportunity”.