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Wednesday 13th September 2017 - 12:25 Why I voted against “the Great Repeal Bill”
Why I voted against “the Great Repeal Bill” Many readers will know that the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – also known as the Brexit Bill - has now been published and that Labour MPs voted against it in the House of Commons on the evening of Monday September 11th. We also voted against the programme motion which laid down the timetable for the parliamentary debate. That timetable only allows eight days for the debate (contrast that with more than 40 days for the Maastricht Treaty Bill in the early nineties).

The Bill is a spectacular power-grab by a government which abhors parliamentary scrutiny and opposition and, of course, called an election in the hope that the Labour Party would be crushed and therefore such opposition would simply not be there.

This is an example of just how authoritarian the Bill is: it allows for secondary legislation to be passed by a small committee with a government majority in the future. That committee would have the power to amend this Bill without the issue going to the House of Commons.

In other words, ministers have planted clauses in the legislation to allow that same legislation to be changed by the back door by their own MPs. The Bill is littered with such clauses and therefore is simply not worth the paper it is written on.

It also allows a minister to determine the exact date on which we leave the EU, again without any reference to parliament.
The above are just three reasons why I believe we were right to oppose the Bill and the programme motion.

I have always been very critical of the European Union and believe the referendum of last year should be respected and that the result creates a democratic imperative to leave the EU.

However, what the government is proposing is to take dictatorial powers, ignore parliament and push through whatever they like.

This should not happen in a real democracy. Sadly, we lost the vote in parliament so we now have to try and amend the Bill. The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, will be putting down loads of amendments as he has done before.

It remains to be seen whether any of them will be successful.
Tuesday 12th September 2017 - 13:42 NATIONAL JOKE COMPETITION FOR SCHOOLS

John Cryer is supporting Voice Box, an annual, national joke-telling competition designed by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists to build schoolchildren’s communication skills. This year’s competition is being run in partnership with the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and supported by The Communication Trust TCT).

Almost 10% of children start school with some form of language disorder. Undetected or unmet speech, language and communication problems can lead to low levels of literacy, poor educational attainment, poorer mental health and wellbeing and, in turn, difficulties finding employment.

Mainstream and specialist schools across England, Scotland and Wales 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 1 December for a chance to go through to a grand final at Westminster, London, in 2018.

The pupil with the ultimate winning joke will receive an iPad mini, while two runners-up will each receive national book tokens work £50.

The RCSLT has developed a toolkit with useful resources, ideas and a nomination form for schools to download via www.givingvoiceuk.org/voice-box

Cryer said: “After meeting a constituent of mine who works as a Speech and Language Therapist, I was only too pleased to get involved in promoting Voice Box. It is a fun way of raising awareness of the value of speech and language therapy for all sorts of different people, in particular children.

“I will be writing to all the Heads in my constituency and encouraging them to take part in this competition and I look forward to hearing the jokes that the kids come up with!”

RCSLT CEO, Kamini Gadhok MBE, says: “The aim of the Voice Box competition is to remind people that all children need support to build their communication skills and confidence and some need additional specialist help to speak and understand what is being said to them.

“Communication is a fundamental skill and has the most profound and positive impact on our lives – from our social and emotional development to our behaviour, learning and educational attainment. It impacts on how we interact with other people, how we understand them and, in turn, how we are understood.”
Wednesday 30th August 2017 - 16:46 Acid Attacks - Time To Act
Acid Attacks - Time To Act John Cryer MP has called on the Metropolitan Police and Home Office to get a grip on the spiralling problem of acid attacks following the incident in Langthorne Road, Leytonstone on Sunday 20th August.

In an incident which shocked local residents, a cyclist was surrounded by a moped gang and sprayed with a corrosive substance, suffering potentially life changing facial damage. It followed similar attacks over the summer elsewhere in East London and around the capital.

Cryer said: “This strikes me as an especially cruel and sadistic way of inflicting harm on somebody.

“I have asked the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police for an urgent update on London-wide efforts to combat this repulsive fashion, and written to the Home Secretary to ask what urgent steps she intends to take in order to clamp down on acid attacks. In my view, regulation of the sale of corrosive substances in the form of a licensing system is a must.

“I would also like to see proof of age and ID as a condition of buying these substances. The government could also look at the possibility of banning cash purchases.

“Finally, we need more information about why this is happening. There is no doubt that these sorts of attacks are rising in London but the rest of the country is less clear. We need to know who are the victims and who are the perpetrators. The Home Office or the Department of Justice need to commission some research very quickly.”
Friday 25th August 2017 - 10:30 Parking changes show local democracy works
Parking changes show local democracy works Last winter many Wanstead residents and business owners reacted with consternation to an experimental parking scheme, imposing a permit scheme on the area for a designated eighteen-month period. I heard from a number of local businesses who reacted with the same horror when almost identical proposals were made in 2011, at that time forcing the council into a U-turn.

I was therefore relieved to hear in March that the experimental traffic order was to be removed in favour of a “gold standard” consultation exercise, which announced its results earlier in the month. I believe that the result- a much scaled-down version of the original plan, with only a fraction of the roads originally proposed getting a new permit scheme- shows what can be achieved when residents engage in local democracy. I know that Wanstead ward councillors Paul Merry and Sheila Bain spent a lot of time conveying the deep concerns of local people about the original scheme, as did I.

Parking is quite possibly the trickiest thing for councils to get right. I often hear from residents in all parts of my constituency who want a permit scheme because commuters or shoppers fill all the spaces in their road, but this can become an eternally self-perpetuating process as parking is displaced onto the next road, and the next, and the next ad infinitum. This can be challenging for businesses, who need visitor parking to remain available. There is no doubt that the new scheme for Wanstead will not solve all parking problems in the area and will pose new problems to some: I have heard from a great many residents on the Lakehouse Road estate in Aldersbrook, for example, who are currently swamped with displaced Waltham Forest and Newham parking as a consequence of new schemes there, and a resident of a road adjoining the High Street without permit parking has relayed to me her anxieties about the new scheme. Only by local people continuing to participate in local democracy can we hope to find the best balance between the needs of residents and businesses.
Monday 21st August 2017 - 07:24 Cryer Supports Delaying Universal Credit Roll out
Cryer Supports Delaying Universal Credit Roll out John Cryer has backed calls led by North West Durham MP Laura Pidcock to delay the roll out of Universal Credit (UC), due to affect claimants in Waltham Forest in November.

The benefit, set to replace various allowances including Jobseekers’ Allowance and Employment Support Allowance, has been mooted as “simpler, more reactive to an individual’s needs and more efficient”. However, serious teething problems with UC in areas it has already been introduced has raised serious worries about the timing of this roll out.

Cryer said: “In areas where this roll out has already happened, many claimants went seven weeks without benefits. That is completely unacceptable. The Government’s plan to introduce it here, right at the start of the expensive pre-Christmas period will cause many of my constituents a great deal of anxiety.

“I have joined my colleagues in calling on the Secretary of State to delay the roll out for the sake of common decency, and to allow time for the many problems that there still are with UC can be ironed out.”

Redbridge residents will be face with the roll out in 2018.
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Wednesday 2nd August 2017 - 09:41 Cryer hails Supreme Court victory on Tribunal Fees
Cryer hails Supreme Court victory on Tribunal Fees Last week the government yielded to a Supreme Court decision regarding Employment Tribunal fees. This is excellent news for working people and anyone who believes in access to justice.

When it legislated to start charging employees fees of £400-£1,200 to access Employment Tribunals, the government claimed that it wanted to reduce the number of unfounded or superfluous claims. In reality it simply wanted to make it easier for firms to sack people. The introduction of fees saw a 79% reduction in the number of claims being brought.

Around the same time as Chris Grayling introduced these draconian fees, the then Chancellor George Osborne was toying with the ideas of no fault dismissals- allowing an employer to sack an employee on the basis of a personality clash- and “rights for shares”, whereby employees would be offered the chance to exchange some of their hard fought rights for a pay-off. At the same time it has presided over a massive casualization in the labour market with workers in the “gig economy” still further removed from the rights we used to take for granted: maternity and paternity leave, sick pay and paid holidays.
Employment Tribunals were established in the 1960s and are important not just for the individuals who bring their claims but for anybody who goes to work or employs people. Tribunals set precedent based on common sense consideration of real life problems, thereby creating common law. Statute law, devised in Parliament and far removed from the workplaces it applies to, cannot function without this vital element of common sense law making alongside it.

I thank and congratulate Unison for taking this important action.
Monday 19th June 2017 - 15:06 Finsbury Park Terror Attack
John Cryer MP said:

“I was genuinely shocked by this appalling attack which seems to have arisen from bigotry, hatred and ignorance.

This must be resisted as must scapegoating of all communities and minorities.”
Tuesday 2nd May 2017 - 16:15 Parliamentary Candidate Update
As of Midnight May 2nd, I am no longer Member of Parliament for Leyton and Wanstead. I am a Parliamentary Candidate. If you have an existing or ongoing case I can still deal with your case, however only in a capacity as a Parliamentary Candidate.

If you wish to contact me my email address is johncryerlabour@gmail.com

This website is paid for via IPSA and will not be updated during the General Election Campaign
Friday 28th April 2017 - 15:46 School Funding Update
School Funding Update School funding and the National Funding Formula

Many people have been in touch with me about the National Funding Formula and cuts to local schools. I thought I would let you know about this following today’s article in the Guardian (a link is below).

Before the Government announced their new formula for school funding, local schools were due to lose an enormous amount of funding in real terms. The National Funding Formula has only compounded this. Schools in this constituency alone are set to lose an estimated £6,696,822 in real terms in the period 2016-2020. Buxton School, for instance, will lose a staggering £960,055. Only one school - St Joseph’s Infants - is forecast to make real terms gains, a comparatively paltry £14,922.

That loss of funding will only result in falling standards. I have been contacted by scores of concerned parents worried about increasing class sizes, subjects being dropped from the curriculum and a growing lack of materials and resources, all of which is already happening. I have also been speaking to local head teachers about the situation.

As part of the Department for Education’s National Funding Formula consultation exercise, which closed last month, I made a submission outlining all of the above. The Department’s response to my enquiry was staggeringly nonchalant: schools can make up any shortfall by saving money on energy bills and photocopying.

I will continue to fight to defend our schools against these damaging cuts.

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Friday 28th April 2017 - 15:42 Airspace Consultation
Airspace Consultation Many of you have been in touch since I sent out my email (which is below) about the complexity of the forms on the consultation website.

My team and I have looked over the consultation as well as speaking to HACANEast (who along with local Councillors have been a key ally in our campaign with City Airport).

I have a series of suggested points you might like to raise in your responses to the consultation. They are not exhaustive, and you may wish to raise others and your own experiences of noise what it means for your sleep patterns and health. Noise is a big contributory factor to things such as high blood pressure and stroke. Recently links have also been looked at between noise factors and dementia. You might also mention the effect upon the enjoyment of your home and air pollution from flights over the local area.

There is no need to fill in the online consultation. Better to send your own email to airspace.policy@dft.gsi.gov.uk or write to Freepost UK AIRSPACE POLICY CONSULTATION.

This is an important consultation document because it is making useful proposals that would ensure that the way residents were treated when London City concentrated its flight paths will not be repeated

Please download the full information below:
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