Layla greets Greta Thunberg with fellow opposition MPs

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.

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[Layla pictured with Greta Thunberg, Caroline Lucas, John Bercow and Ed Miliband]

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Layla Moran says Matt Hancock “must meet experts” at Churchill

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.

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Layla hails “real progress” over PET-CT scanning accessibility in Oxfordshire

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.

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Moran writes to Government to save Abingdon flood scheme

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.

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Government “must do more” in call for flood funding - Layla Moran

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.

 

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County Council must ‘put money where its mouth is’ on sustainable travel

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.

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Last Weeks Brexit Votes

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.

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Layla Moran calls for “full public consultation” on controversial PET-CT decision

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”.

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Moran exasperated at “Parliamentary Groundhog Day”

After another crushing defeat in Parliament, Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran, who voted against the Conservatives’ Brexit deal, has yet again called on the Government to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal with the option to remain.

Liberal Democrat Layla Moran has consistently called on the Government for a People’s Vote, with the majority of her constituents voting to remain in the 2016 referendum. 85% of her constituency correspondence regarding Brexit, from November 2018 to January 2019, has been anti-Brexit.

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Concerns over outsourced PET-CT scanning services raised by Layla Moran

Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran has said she is “deeply worried” about the revelation that a formal procurement process was undertaken by NHS England for half of the PET-CT scanning services in England including the service provided to the population of the Thames Valley area.

This was revealed when the Lib Dem MP questioned the Department for Health and Social Care about the moving of PET-CT scanning services, following concerns raised by residents.

Ms Moran had asked the Department what the potential effects from moving PET-CT scanning services from Churchill Hospital in Oxford would have on accessibility, cost and quality of care. This has come in light of the decision to award the contract for scanning to the private company InHealth.

The Conservative Minister Steve Brine replied to Layla saying that the Conservative Government is currently in discussions with both InHealth and Oxford University Hospitals about mobilising the new service.

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