Layla Moran

Layla Moran calls for urgent labour market support for local farmers

key_“Farmers have been hit by a double whammy of the pandemic and Brexit, and now it’s starting to hit the public.    "Food that would have fed millions will never reach plates if the Government doesn't urgently sort this out.

After meeting with local farmers from across her constituency, Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has echoed calls to urgently fix the labour crisis in farming. Farmers from across Oxfordshire highlighted the impact shortages of staff are having on harvesting crops and keeping livestock.

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Layla Moran backs campaign to end scandal of unsold food being wasted, instead of donated to charities feeding hungry people

key_Charities and community organisations in Oxford West and Abingdon have been working tirelessly to support our community with food throughout the pandemic and beyond. That’s why I’m backing the #FoodOnPlates campaign for funding for farmers to get their unsold fresh food to charities supporting vulnerable families, instead of having to waste it.Layla Moran is backing the #FoodOnPlates campaign to stop millions of tonnes of fresh, unsold food from being wasted when it could instead go to charities and community groups feeding families. 

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Layla Moran urges Government to “work with homeless people” to end rough sleeping in Commons debate

key_We need to treat rough sleepers like human beings, not statistics, and give them the support they want and need, on an individual basis, to help them. That starts with building trust, and unless we can scrap the Vagrancy Act as a first step we will not succeed.     “I urge the Government to roll out Housing First across England, and to give councils the certainty they need when it comes to funding. I won’t stop campaigning cross party until we have eliminated rough sleeping, and the Vagrancy Act is finally consigned to the history booksLayla Moran has set out a Liberal vision for ending rough sleeping in a debate she led yesterday in the House of Commons’ Westminster Hall, calling for an approach that restores trust between rough sleepers and government, councils, and services. 

Layla said that the Everyone In scheme, which saw rough sleepers put into emergency accommodation during the pandemic, “was a phenomenal response to an international health crisis”, but that on its own “it is not a sustainable response to a national rough sleeping crisis.”

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Layla Moran votes against “ill-conceived tax rise” as Conservatives break manifesto pledge

key_The Conservatives stood on a clear promise at the last election not to raise taxes, including National Insurance. Now they have voted to break that promise by hitting hard-pressed families and small businesses in Oxfordshire with a tax hike at a time many are still reeling from the impact of the pandemic.Layla Moran, voted against Boris Johnson’s social care tax plan last night, saying it “will hit low earners and the young the hardest” and that the social care crisis needs to be fixed “in a fair and progressive way.”

The changes, which go against the Conservatives’ manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will mean hard-pressed local families and small businesses will be left paying hundreds of pounds more in tax each year.  Liberal Democrat MPs voted against the government plans, arguing that they fail to fix the ongoing social care crisis and will fall disproportionately on the young, the low-paid, and small businesses.

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Layla calls for Government to “act decisively” by scrapping planning reforms and looking again at Oxford-Cambridge Arc

key_Layla calls for Government to “act decisively” by scrapping planning reforms and looking again at Oxford-Cambridge ArcLayla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, yesterday afternoon signed an open letter to the Prime Minister, organised by the Stop the Arc group, urging him to “act decisively” and rethink his planning reforms, as well as looking again at the Oxford-Cambridge Arc proposals.

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"Fund local councils so refugees can settle” Layla Moran on Afghanistan

key_           Oxford is proud of its role as a “city of sanctuary”, but years of slashed council funding will limit the abilities of councils to offer education, housing, mental health and language provision to help refugees settle in the UK.

Layla Moran MP has said extra money must be granted to councils to provide vital services to help refugees settle. Layla said "Oxford is proud of its role as a “city of sanctuary”, but years of slashed council funding will limit the abilities of councils to offer education, housing, mental health and language provision to help refugees settle in the UK".

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Layla Moran, Tobias Ellwood and Sarah Champion's urgent letter to Dominic Raab regarding Chevening scholars in Afghanistan

Earlier today, Layla Moran MP, Tobias Ellwood MP and Sarah Champion MP urgently wrote to Dominic Raab urging the UK Government to reverse its decision to not give visas to Chevening scholars still in Afghanistan. The text of the letter is below:

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Layla writes to Dominic Raab about freedoms in Hong Kong following the sentencing of Tong Ying-kit

Following the sentencing of Tong Ying-kit under Hong Kong's National Security Law, Lib Dem Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Layla Moran has written to Dominic Raab urging the UK Government to step up.

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Layla marks UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

It is despicable that in the 21st century, there are individuals who are victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs and International Development spokesperson, has marked the United Nations’ World Day against Trafficking in PersonsAround the globe, the pandemic has increased the number of people being trafficked domestically, including children. We have to work across political divides and across borders to put a stop to this injustice.

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Layla Moran launches Lib Dem petition calling for Covid Recovery Visa

key_The crisis facing our hospitality industry is a problem entirely of the Government’s making. Their botched Brexit, damaging points-based immigration system and handling of the pandemic mean hotels, bars, restaurants and others face being unable to open up any further next week. Many face the threat of closure as a result.Layla Moran and Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats have launched a new petition calling on the Government to introduce a Covid Recovery Visa for the hospitality sector. Launching the petition, Layla Moran MP, who has previously called for the visa’s introduction during Prime Minister’s Questions, said that the hospitality industry “has been hit by a triple whammy” of Brexit, the points-based immigration system, and the Government’s handling of the pandemic.

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