Layla Moran “delighted” that Jo Swinson is new leader of the Liberal Democrats

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has said she is “delighted” following the announcement that Jo Swinson will take over from Sir Vince Cable as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Swinson won against Sir Ed Davey, in a contest that was defined by reasoned argument and debate. She received 47,997 votes to Ed’s 28,021. Turnout was 72%.

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Moran: A34 spending undermined by spectre of the Expressway

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has said that the A34 improvement plans announced by Highways England “don’t go far enough” to improve conditions on the road.

 

Her comments come after Highways England made it clear that some improvements to the A34, such as the installation of a hard shoulder, would not be given the go-ahead whilst the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway project remains on the cards.

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Layla Moran introduces Bill to improve nutrition in school food

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon and the party’s education spokesperson, has introduced a Bill in Parliament to improve the nutritional quality of school meals.

 

The School Food Bill will require all food in publicly-funded schools to be free of added sugar by 2022, and further restrict the serving of foods high in fat, salt or sugar.

 

Layla’s new Bill is part of her ongoing campaign to tackle issues of obesity and poor health amongst pupils.

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Layla Moran's Summer Tour

This summer, local MP Layla Moran is touring the villages in Oxford West & Abingdon to meet with local residents.

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Layla Moran nominated for MP of the Year Award 2019

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.

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Lib Dems reveal extent of ‘criminal’ Tory police cuts

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.

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Moran “absolutely thrilled” as local mental health partnership wins prestigious NHS Parliamentary Award

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.

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Lib Dem leader: burning injustices in PM’s former school shows that schools are in a dire state

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.

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Layla Moran: Tories must stop shunting funding cuts onto councils

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.”

 

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Layla Moran “delighted” as local services are shortlisted for NHS Parliamentary Awards

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!”

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