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Hunting Act under threat?
I have been contacted by a number of constituents asking me if I remain opposed to the Hunting Ban, which was brought in by the previous Labour Government in 2004....

We must take action on FGM
Many constituents have contacted me about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). I wholeheartedly agree that the practice is horrific and that everything possible must be done to put an end to it. FGM...

Public Sector pensions
I continue to be contacted by constituents who remain concerned about the Government’s proposed changes to public sector pensions. Labour has consistently recognized the need for public service pension reform....

Progress made with Iran
As the person who had the interesting privilege of being the first British Minister to visit Iran after a 21-year gap following its 1979 revolution, I warmly welcome the progress...

Labour forces a vote on the Bedroom Tax
Ed Miliband has pledged to scrap the Bedroom Tax if Labour wins the next General Election. With 420,000 disabled people and 375,000 children already suffering as a result of the...

Visit to the Money House
Visit to the Money HouseAt the start of the month I visiting The Money House, an innovative new project being run by Hyde Housing in conjunction with Greenwich Council, the Citizens Advice Bureau...

Wild animals in circuses should be banned
Whilst in Government, Labour consulted on a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses in 2009. Outraged by revelations of the cruel treatment of circus animal Annie the...

Sell-Off of the Royal Mail
The sell-off of the Royal Mail has now gone ahead, despite wide-spread public outcry and opposition from Royal Mail staff. The whole handing of what is one of the biggest...

Nick attends celebrations of 150 years of Barclays in Woolwich
Nick attends celebrations of 150 years of Barclays in WoolwichNick visited the Woolwich New Road Barclays branch today to help staff and customers commemorate 150 years of...

The Care Bill
Together with my Labour colleagues in the House, I am supportive of some of the changes that the Care Bill would introduce, such as stronger legal rights for carers and...

Safer Cycling
The safety of cyclists is hugely important not least if we are to will encourage others to take up cycling as a way of getting around, which both benefits peoples’...

Plain cigarette packaging
Smoking remains by far the largest preventable cause of cancer. In Government, Labour did a lot to tackle it, but there is more we can do to protect young people....

Nick Against the Badger Cull
Bovine TB is a terrible disease, endemic in cattle in the UK. Figures for 2011 show that 25,000 cattle were slaughtered in England with a total cost of £90 million...

Save Our Royal Mail
The Government has recently announced its intention to dispose of the majority of its interest in the Royal Mail in the current financial year. The final proportion will depend on...

Nick's position on Syria
The killing of hundreds of civilians in Syria on 21st August by the use of chemical weapons was an appalling war crime, which rightly has been condemned by people all...

Nick's comments on the Lobbying Bill
A number of constituents have contacted me about ‘The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill’, which is currently before Parliament. The Bill falls into three main...

One of England's oldest cricket pitches is reopened in Woolwich
One of England's oldest cricket pitches is reopened in WoolwichAs part of its £50 million regeneration of the Royal Academy at Woolwich, Durkan Estates has partnered up...

Modern-day slavery rising in the UK
Nick Raynsford MP recently attended a House of Commons exhibition highlighting the hidden nature and horrors of modern day slavery. The exhibition was built by students from St Martin’s...

Nick meets Raymond Blanc at launch of Charlton Manor's new teaching kitchen
Nick meets Raymond Blanc at launch of Charlton Manor's new teaching kitchenNick recently attended the launch of Charlton Primary School’s fantastic new kitchen. The new facilities were opened by...

Nick Slams Housing Minister on New Homes Bonus
Speaking about the New Homes Bonus on 4th February 2013, Mark Prisk MP, Minister for Housing, claimed in the House of Commons that “there will be at least 400,000 additional...

Nick Raynsford MP announces his intention to stand down at the next General Election
Nick Raynsford has announced his intention to stand down as Member of Parliament for Greenwich and Woolwich at the next General Election. Speaking today, Nick commented: “After more than 20 years...

Nick challenges Government over failing housing policies
Nick Raynsford has confronted the Government to come clean about its failure to build the housing this country so desperately needs. Nick has recently been researching the New Homes Bonus,...

Nick checks progress at Heathrow Terminal 2
Nick checks progress at Heathrow Terminal 2Nick Raynsford recently joined neighbouring Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick on a tour of Heathrow Terminal 2....

Nick signs Book of Commitment to mark Holocaust Memorial Day
Nick signs Book of Commitment to mark Holocaust Memorial DayNick Raynsford MP has signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Sunday 27th January will mark the 68th anniversary of...

Pints & Politics: Nick turns barman for a shift at his local
MP for Greenwich & Woolwich, Nick Raynsford, turned barman when he put in a shift at local pub, the Meantime Brewery-owned Greenwich Union. He was taking part in a scheme...

Nick speaks in House against flawed Growth & Infrastructure Bill
Nick Raynsford took part this evening in the debate on the Second Reading of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill. Far from the Government’s claims that the Bill will encourage Bill,...

Residents allowed to build on up to 50% of their gardens
Nick took part in the debate on the Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill this afternoon, where he challenged the Economic Secretary, Danny Alexander, over the Government’s ludicrous changes to the...

Nick Raynsford MP is 'wearing it pink' to help back the fight against breast cancer
Nick Raynsford MP is 'wearing it pink' to help back the fight against breast cancerNick is backing the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s ‘Wear it Pink’ day. Now in its 10th Year, ‘Wear it Pink’ on Friday...

Nick Raynsford criticises Government's false claims on housebuilding
Nick Raynsford today spoke out in the Chamber against the Government’s false claims that their housebuilding programmes have proved a success. To see Nick’s full speech, click here....

Nick Raynsford MP slams Guardian Journalist's 'snobbish' comments about Woolwich
Local MP for Woolwich, Nick Raynsford, has slammed an article in today’s Guardian about Woolwich as “snobbish prejudice”. Nick was responding to Senior Sports Report Barney Ronay’s piece on the...

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