John Cryer, MP for Leyton and Wanstead, has reacted to the tragic death of a fourteen year-old boy i...
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John Cryer MP today called for TfL to compensate commuters on the Barking-Gospel Oak Line in the wak...
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John Cryer has tabled a Parliamentary Early Day Motion (1768) in support of local Leyton resident Ms...
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Wednesday 9th January 2019 - 15:39 Leyton Stabbing - More Resources Needed
John Cryer, MP for Leyton and Wanstead, has reacted to the tragic death of a fourteen year-old boy in Leyton.

Reports that a young man was run over on his moped, then fatally stabbed, were met with shock and outrage in the local community.

John Said: "I was shocked and saddened to hear about the death of a fourteen year-old boy in Leyton on Monday. I cannot begin to imagine what his loved ones are going through at the moment.

"Youth violence is at epidemic level and we simply cannot carry on like this. The police urgently need more resources to get to grips with the immediate problem. I am calling on the Government to address this urgently.

"Prevention is better than the cure, and Local Authorities need to be given the funding to sustain long term schemes to keep young people away from violence."
Wednesday 19th December 2018 - 12:53 Latest Delays On Gospel Oak Line
Latest Delays On Gospel Oak Line John Cryer MP today called for TfL to compensate commuters on the Barking-Gospel Oak Line in the wake of news that the introduction of electric trains has been delayed yet again. The line serves Leyton Midland Road and Leytonstone High Road Overground Stations.

TfL have announced that trains will not be introduced in December as expected, raising the spectre of rail replacement bus services for long-suffering passengers during January. Long-leased diesel trains currently providing the service are due back in Birmingham in the new year, leaving the line without trains if the new electric stock is not promptly brought into service.

John said: "users of the line - many of them my constituents - have had to put up a lot since the electrification works started a couple of years ago. They have faced two long-term line closures, frequent weekend closures and increasing unreliability. The line is badly overcrowded at peak times.

"Now the new electric trains have been delayed by 'software problems' and I have been given no indication of when this issue will be resolved. My constituents are already worrying about getting to work in the new year.

"Passengers travelling with rail franchises who bungled the introduction of new timetables in the summer have been compensated for the great inconvenience that they suffered. I think it is not unreasonable for TfL to consider compensating commuters on this line, who have had to put up with disruption for more than two years."
Tuesday 30th October 2018 - 12:35 Ms Delsie Gayle - Ryanair Flight Abuse
John Cryer has tabled a Parliamentary Early Day Motion (1768) in support of local Leyton resident Ms Delsie Gayle.

John Cryer MP said:

"I was appalled to learn of the vile abuse my constituent Delsie endured on a Ryanair flight back from Barcelona. The verbal abuse was graphic and completely unacceptable. Ryanair management are accountable and urgent action need to be taken - starting with an unreserved apology to my constituent."

John Cryer MP has tabled the following Parliamentary EDM:-

That this House notes the entirely unprovoked and racist verbal attack on Ms Delsie Gayle onboard a Ryanair flight from Barcelona to London; further notes that Ryanair failed to move the perpetrator but instead moved Ms Gayle to another seat; points out that Ryanair have still not contacted Ms Gayle or any member of her family; condemns Ryanair's tolerance of a clear case of racism; and calls on the airline to conduct an immediate inquiry and to offer an unreserved apology to Ms Gayle.
Wednesday 24th October 2018 - 08:24 London City Flight Path
Dear Resident

I am contacting you because you supported my petition against flight path changes made by London City Airport, which has concentrated flights over a narrow corridor over our area, or expressed an interest in the issue of aircraft noise.

After many months of waiting the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today finally published its Post-Implementation Review report, to which my petition was submitted as evidence. The full report covers various airports and flight paths in London and the South East, but you can read the relevant section here:


I am sorry to say that the CAA has not recommended any significant change to the flight paths. Naturally I am hugely disappointed.

Following this news I intend to immediately speak to campaigners to establish what more can be done to oppose excessive aircraft noise locally. I will be sure to keep residents abreast of developments and let you know if there is any way that you can continue to support the campaign for fairer flight paths.

Yours sincerely

John Cryer MP

MP for Leyton and Wanstead
6 Gainsborough Road
London E11 1HT
020 8989 5249
Wednesday 24th October 2018 - 08:21 Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
The murder of Jamal Khashoggi- which the Saudi government now admits did take place - bears a striking resemblance to another extra-judicial murder you might recall that took place somewhat closer to home.

The attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, which resulted in the death of Dawn Strugess, was as brazen example of a government meting out revenge on foreign soil as we are ever likely to see. The Government was rightly swift in its condemnation of the attack. Its response to this most recent example of state-sponsored murder has been noticeably more equivocal, however.

Despite the use of amputation as a punishment, exclusion of women from most areas of public life and execution by stoning, which if anything puts Putin's authoritarian Russia in the shade in the international demagoguery league, Saudi Arabia is our geopolitical ally and economic partner. With this latest act and the on-going savagery of their involvement in Yemen, we must now be entitled to ask: what happened to ethical foreign policy?

A great many constituents have written to me out of concern that it is British-made bombs are falling indiscriminately in Yemen, hitting not just military targets but school buses, weddings and food markets too. It is a war being fought not for a lasting peace in Yemen but for the furtherance of their own regional power and influence vis a vis their great rival, Iran. With this latest act of contempt for international law, is it not time for governments including our own to distance themselves from this anachronistic theocracy?
Tuesday 16th October 2018 - 10:37 Targeting Toxic Air Hot Spots
Targeting Toxic Air Hot Spots Six million fund open for bids today for boroughs to target worst pollution areas.

Boroughs can use the money to create more car-free and low-emission streets, promote no-engine idling and clean up construction sites
Part of the Mayor's twenty million Air quality fund that has already supported projects across 29 boroughs.

John Cryer welcomed the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (27 September) call for boroughs to bid for a share of six million funding to help target local pollution hot spots and drastically improve air quality.

The funding is part of the twenty million Mayor's Air Quality Fund that has already delivered hard-hitting measures across 29 boroughs including electrifying Hackney Council's vehicle fleet, fitting low-cost electric charging points onto lampposts across Hounslow, and establishing a green courier service in Waltham Forest.

John joined Mayor Sadiq and leader of the Council, Clare Coghill to meet local businesses on Francis Road in Leyton who have helped reduce traffic pollution by using a cargo bike and electric vehicle delivery service, supported by a four hundred thousand pounds City Hall Air Quality Fund grant. Over the last year the project's 12 part-time riders have cycled 7,743 km and delivered more than 8,000 packages. Around 25 local businesses use the delivery service every month, alongside The Waltham Forest Library Service which uses the cargo bikes to deliver books to housebound residents across the borough.

John Cryer MP said:

"I am pleased the direct actions is being taken to improve air quality in our area. Sadly I am aware that local residents die from illness related to air pollution every year. I hope this funding will help boroughs to deliver targeted action for the benefit of all Londoners. I do also agree with Sadiq that despite that all he and Waltham Forest Council are doing we can't win this battle until the government provides extra resources and delivers a new Clean Air Act fit for the 21st century."

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: "Our filthy toxic air is a national health crisis, contributing to tens of thousands of premature deaths in the UK every year. The bold action we've already delivered such as establishing Low Emission Bus Zones, cleaning up the bus and taxi fleets and delivering the T-Charge in central London, are starting to have a positive impact.

Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council said: "We know that air quality is a huge concern for our residents and sadly around 270 people in the borough die from illnesses related to air pollution every year. Therefore, we've made tackling this issue as a priority through the Enjoy Waltham Forest programme and our work with the Mayor's Air Quality Fund.

"Our Mini-Holland scheme has delivered 22km of segregated cycle lanes, 660 new trees, 37 roads closed to through traffic and 15 new pocket parks since 2015. Meanwhile, innovative schemes like replacing delivery vans with cargo bikes have helped local businesses to make a tangible difference.

"Thanks to our actions the life expectancy of Waltham Forest's young people has significantly improved and we've cut the number of households in the borough facing dangerously high levels of air pollution by 90%.

Tiff Howick co-founder of Venner Store, a gift and homeware store in Francis Road, Leyton, said: "We specifically chose to open our store in Francis Road because we liked the idea of the road being pedestrianised. There have been lots of new businesses opening up in recent months and there is a great community atmosphere among us and our customers.
"ZED, the zero emissions delivery service, provide us with a great service bring our stock from our local suppliers across Waltham Forest. They are a great friendly local team, who really care about their customers and the environment."
Friday 5th October 2018 - 09:56 Windrush Compensation - less than a week left to respond
I have received the below message from UK Visas and Immigration. I would encourage all residents, especially those affected by the issues exposed in the Windrush Scandal earlier this year, to provide feedback to this consultation.

SUBJECT: Windrush compensation consultation - last chance to share your views

There are less than two weeks remaining for you to share your views on the design of the Windrush compensation scheme.

The Home Secretary is committed to do right by those who have made an invaluable contribution to this country. The Windrush Taskforce was formed in April this year and seeks to support those affected, ensuring they are in receipt of the correct documentation that will prove their status in the UK and any entitlement to associated services. Alongside this we are putting in place a compensation scheme and we are keen to hear your thoughts on what it should cover, to help us shape the scheme.

The 12-week consultation will close on 11 October. It covers three core elements: who should be eligible for compensation; what losses should be compensated for; and how the process should work. It is open to those who have suffered loss or difficulty as a result of not being able to prove their status in the UK as well as friends, family and representatives of those affected.

The final scheme and how to apply will be announced as soon as possible after the consultation ends.

The process is being overseen by Martin Forde QC who is acting as an independent advisor on the shaping of the scheme.

You can take part in the consultation online, via post or over the phone. We are also hosting events to give people the opportunity to share views with Martin Forde QC in person and to discuss the consultation form face to face. The remaining events are taking place:

Leeds (Monday 8 October)
Manchester (Tuesday 9 October)

1.Full details are available online at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/windrush-lessons-learned-review

Ways to respond to the consultation:

Respond online: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/windrush-compensation-scheme
Request a paper or email copy to be sent by completing the form here.
For enquiries or to complete the document over the phone, call Freephone 0800 678 1925.The lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday.

We hope you take the opportunity to share your views, you input will be highly valued.

Yours sincerely,

Dan Hobbs
Director, Windrush Compensation Scheme
Thursday 20th September 2018 - 15:33 Midwife Shortage Crisis
Midwife Shortage Crisis John Cryer, has criticised the nationwide shortage of midwives but particularly in the London area, and has raised the possibility of Parliament debating the issue after recess ends.

On 13 September, John Cryer MP raised his concerns in Parliament "this crisis is a national issue, but north-east London has a rapidly rising birth rate, so may we have a debate, or at least a statement when we return, on the national shortage of midwives, but with a particular focus on London?"

The Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, agreed that "the availability of midwives and maternity units is absolutely key" and that 'there is a lot more to be done' on the issue.

Jon Skewes, Director for External Relations at the Royal College of Midwives, said: "Nationally, the NHS is short of 3,500 midwives, and some of the biggest pressures on the system are in areas like London," and that "the workforce is at a virtual standstill. Despite over 2,000 new midwives being trained last year, the number of NHS midwives rose by just 67 over. More action is needed."
Monday 17th September 2018 - 16:22 Universal Credit Problems
Universal Credit Problems Almost a year ago I wrote about my fears for families facing migration from old benefits to Universal Credit amidst the Government's "clumsy" rollout, which was causing "homelessness and hunger wherever it goes".

With Universal Credit now established in Redbridge and recently rolled out in the Waltham Forest part of my constituency, now is a good time to review what progress the Government has made since then.

Despite an important concession on advance payments and a roll back on premium-rate charges for calls to the helpline, the transition from existing benefits to UC is still traumatic in far too many cases.

For instance, only 38% of claimants have been able to complete the online identity check. Anybody with irregular paydays can expect to have their benefit stopped when the system identifies them as earning twice as much as they actually are. Anybody with rent, council tax or utility bill arrears can have as much as 40% deducted from their benefit award to pay back the debt. And assessment times are still a problem: one in six claimants are waiting longer than the maximum five weeks to receive their first payment, and they will not receive a penny until their eligibility has been confirmed.

The result of all of this is a situation much the same as I described a year ago. This is concerning, not least because the DWP still has some work to do before the system is fully implemented. For the sake of the vulnerable, the Government must pause to fix the serious problems remaining with Universal Credit.
Tuesday 11th September 2018 - 11:34 Violent Crime Task Force
Violent Crime Task Force The Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the Mayor of London are boosting the fight against violent crime in the capital by adding another 122 officers to the City Hall funded Violent Crime Taskforce for the next three months.

The officers will temporarily move from the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command, and will be ready to start on Monday (17 September), boosting the size of the City Hall funded Violent Crime Taskforce - a targeted team making arrests and taking weapons off the streets in the areas of London with the highest concentrations of knife and other forms of violent crime.

Leyton and Wanstead MP, John Cryer said:

"Violent crime has been on the rise since 2014 and in recent weeks we have seen too many lives lost on the streets of London to guns and knives. This is neither acceptable nor inevitable. We must all do more must be done to tackle both crime, and the root causes of crime. We need a police force with the resources to provide reassurance to communities, do the necessary prevention work and catch those who commit crimes."

The new move will give officers a greater presence in areas with high levels of violent crime, as well as allowing more intelligence-led and targeted stop and search, and the use of specialists in covert tactics. The taskforce seeks to target dangerous offenders and provide local officers with speedy and accurate intelligence to take them off the streets.

Sadiq Khan, said: "This is drastic action that I would rather we didn't have to take, but the Government's persistent refusal to give our police service the funding they desperately need has left with us with no choice.

"The level of violent crime in London is unacceptably high. As well as setting up the new dedicated Violent Crime Taskforce to focus on the areas worst affected, I'm bringing together the Met Police with local councils, charities, community groups and others to work on a public health approach to tackling knife crime, and we have created a new 45 million Young Londoners Fund to provide young people with positive alternatives to crime and to help those caught up in gangs to get into employment and training.

"The causes of violent crime are extremely complex, and involve culture, community, gangs, drugs, poverty and a lack of opportunities and have been made much worse by the Government's huge cuts to the Metropolitan Police and youth services across our city, resulting in police numbers falling to the lowest level in 20 years. Cuts really do have consequences."

The Mayor added: "I want to reassure Londoners that moving officers from the roads and traffic policing command is only a temporary measure. The Met will work to minimise the impact of their transfer, and policing our roads remains a key priority."