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No more lost generations
No more lost generationsYesterday I attended a Construction Industry Training Board event as part of my support for more apprenticeship opportunities in the...

Labour to make sex and relationship education compulsory
17th July 2014 I believe that it is vital that school students learn about relationships alongside sex education, to instil in young people the significance of self-worth, mutual respect and most...

Smoke Alarms Save Lives article
Wednesday 7th May 2014 Smoke alarms save lives. A person is four times more likely to die in a fire in the home if they do not have a working...

Smoke alams in privately-rented homes should be mandatory, says former Fire Minister Nick Raynsford
Tuesday 6th May 2014 I am calling on the Government to make the provision of smoke alarms in private rented homes mandatory and tomorrow will be introducing a 10-minute rule Bill...

Crack-down on Payday Loan Sharks
Tuesday 22nd April 2014 As the MP for Greenwich and Woolwich, I receive a worryingly high number of calls from constituents who have turned to payday lenders and credit cards...

National Apprenticeship Week
National Apprenticeship WeekFriday 7th March 2014 This Friday I visited an event held by Woolwich’s Barclays branch to explain...

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...

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