Layla Moran backs joke competition for primary schools aimed at improving children’s communications skills

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, is supporting Voice Box, an annual joke-telling competition designed by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) to build schoolchildren’s communication skills. This year’s competition is being run in partnership with the National Association of Head Teachers.

Layla, who is the Lib Dems’ Shadow Education and Culture Secretary, described the competition as “a brilliant opportunity”, and urged schools to take part.
Over 10% of children start school with some form of language disorder. Undetected speech, language and communication problems can lead to reduced levels of literacy, poor educational attainment, poorer mental health and wellbeing and, in turn, difficulties finding employment, and life chances.

Mainstream and specialist primary schools across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are invited to bring laughter into their classrooms this autumn by taking part in the competition. Schools should hold their joke-telling contests between October and November and then submit their pupil’s funniest joke to the RCSLT by 29 November for a chance to go through to a grand final in London, next year.

The pupil with the ultimate winning joke will receive an iPad mini, while two runners-up will each receive gift tokens.

The RCSLT has developed a toolkit with useful resources, ideas and a nomination form for schools to download via

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Layla Moran ‘delighted’ that Oxford University is named the best in the world

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has said she is “delighted” by the news that Oxford University has come first in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings for the fourth year in a row.

The list ranks over 1,300 universities around the world, measuring their international outlook as well as their research and teaching quality.

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Moran: Government decision to delay release of A34 statistics “concerning”

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has today responded to the delay in the Department for Transport releasing death and injury statistics for the A34 for 2018, calling the move “concerning”.

Previously, the Department had informed the MP, in response to a written parliamentary question, that the “figures for 2018 are due to be published in summer 2019.”

Answering a more recent question, however, the DfT this week said that “[t]he annual report on reported road casualties for 2018 will be published in September 2019.”

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Moran: cross-party Bill prevents Tories dragging country off the cliff edge

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has said that Parliament is “an important step closer” to preventing a disastrous no-deal Brexit, after the House of Commons passed the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill tonight.

The Bill will now be debated in the House of Lords, where peers including Lord Newby, the Lib Dem Leader in the House of Lords, are prepared for an all-night sitting.

The Bill provides the means to rule out a no-deal Brexit. If passed, it will ensure that Boris Johnson has to seek an extension if he cannot secure the support of MPs for a withdrawal agreement or leaving the EU without a deal.

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Layla urges PM to “press the pause button” on Loan Charge with time running out

Layla Moran has written to Boris Johnson urging him to suspend the controversial Loan Charge before the end of August. The Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon also called for an independent inquiry to be launched, calling it “a desperately unfair situation”.

Layla’s letter comes as MPs from across the political spectrum have been voicing their concerns and asking for a halt to the scheme.

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Moran supports constituent’s petition to end IVF postcode lottery

Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has voiced her support for a constituent’s Parliamentary petition calling for an end to the IVF postcode lottery.

The petition, started by Emily Scott, calls for all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to “be required to offer the same number of rounds of IVF on the NHS.” Some CCGs, including Oxfordshire’s, do not currently follow the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines, which state that all women under 40 should receive three cycles of IVF treatment.

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Home Office provides “inadequate and evasive” answers over controversial Rough Sleeping Support Service

The Home Office has refused to give detailed responses to repeated parliamentary questions from Lib Dem Layla Moran on the Rough Sleeping Support Service, despite the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon tabling multiple follow-up questions in an effort to receive clarification.

The Rough Sleeping Support Service has recently received national attention for its use of data from homelessness and refugee charities to run immigration checks on rough sleepers. Layla has consistently campaigned for a more compassionate approach to be taken to rough sleeping and homelessness in Oxfordshire and nationwide, having led calls for the Vagrancy Act to be scrapped, and opposing Oxford City Council’s homelessness fines.

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Layla Moran: Government must provide long-term funding for Oxfordshire homelessness project

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has today written to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to ask for long-term funding for the Oxfordshire Trailblazer project.

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Layla Moran: nomination of Oxford park for award shows value of green space

Cutteslowe Park in Oxford has been nominated for the UK’s Best Park award, and Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon Layla Moran is encouraging constituents to support the park in a UK-wide competition organised by green space charity, Fields in Trust.

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Layla: Dark arts of Cummings have no place in Downing Street

Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon Layla Moran has written to Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill, calling on him to block the appointment of Dominic Cummings as senior adviser to Boris Johnson on grounds of suitability.


The letter cites that Cummings has previously been found in contempt of Parliament for refusing to attend a select committee, and highlights a track record of dubious behaviour in relation to leaked documents and unsubstantiated campaign claims during the EU referendum.


Layla's letter to Sir Mark Sedwill, asking him to block the appointment of Dominic Cummings.

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