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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Local meeting about Abingdon Flood Scheme called

Abingdon MP Layla Moran will chair a public meeting with Abingdon Flood Scheme Partnership.

Layla has called a meeting about the announcement that the Abingdon Flood Scheme is not feasible. The scheme was proposed following the floods in the 2000s, the most devastating being in 2007, when 400 homes and 20 businesses flooded.

The Rivers Ock, Thames, Stert and the Sandford Brook all contribute to flooding in the town. The Environment Agency has estimated that approximately 200 homes and businesses are still at risk of flooding.

It was initially estimated that the scheme may cost around £5m. However, after further investigation, the cost has been confirmed at £9.7m, with minimal flood reduction benefit to the community. The partnership made a unanimous decision that continuing with the scheme was not the best way to spend public money. The partnership is still looking for a solution that will reduce flood risk in Abingdon.

 

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Layla Moran calls for action on climate emergency

MP Layla Moran has today led the first Parliamentary debate in over two years on climate change in a cross-party effort with Caroline Lucas, supporting an uprising of action from students international on the issue.

In the debate Layla has pressed the Minister for action across the board on climate change, including asking what the Government is doing to ensure the 2020 COP Climate Summit bid is successful and if the Government is serious about its zero emissions target.

Layla slammed the Conservatives’ approach to climate change, saying that we are in a “climate emergency”. She argued the Government has dropped the ball when it comes to the environment, with the prime example being the scrapping of the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

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Layla Moran asks Prime Minister for action on homelessness epidemic

Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran has today asked the Prime Minister to meet her and discuss the need to scrap the 1824 Vagrancy Act in light of new data showing that almost 600 homeless people died in 2017, with a further 1000 people dragged before the courts in the same year.

Layla has consistently been campaigning in Parliament to get the Vagrancy Act, a law that effectively criminalises rough sleeping, repealed, and recently brought a debate to the House of Commons that gained support from leading homeless charities and MPs from across the political spectrum. 

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Layla Moran MP Slams “Shameful” Homeless Record

Layla Moran, Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon, has slammed the Government over shameful homeless deaths and homeless arrests, after it has been revealed that Oxford has the second highest rate of deaths in England per 100,000 people in 2017.

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Layla Moran will join Student Climate Change strike

Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran has given her support to all students that are protesting on Friday to highlight the risks of global warming, in Oxford and across the UK.

Layla has backed the strike action inspired by climate change activist Greta Thunberg and will be joining students at Carfax Tower in Oxford at midday on Friday. 

 

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Layla demands formal consultation on the premise of Oxford - Cambridge Expressway.

In Prime Minister’s Questions this week, Layla called on David Liddington standing in for the Prime Minister to guarantee local residents are offered a formal consultation on whether the multibillion-pound Expressway should go ahead in the first place. 

This intervention follows bringing the transport minister to view the A34 through Botley and a recent special debate called by Oxford West and Abingdon’s MP on the planned road where she stressed that homes, schools, communities and the environment in Abingdon, Botley and other parts of Oxfordshire are under threat and that the most harmful routes should be ruled out now. 

Liddington replied saying that there will only be a consultation on route options and the prefered route. This view was further clarified by Highways England in a meeting with Layla on the same day who said the consultation at the end of the year will include opportunities for residents to comment on their desire for the entire scheme, not just the routes. 

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