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John Cryer
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Monday 16th March 2020 - 17:00 Coronavirus Update
Coronavirus Update If you have any concerns about Coronavirus, the Government - the Department of Health and Public Health England - has issued guidance on symptoms, self-isolation (Stay at Home guidance), travel advice and statistics on cases.

This information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

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Tuesday 20th August 2019 - 16:48 Cryer Repeats Call for Loan Charge Pause
"Like many colleagues I have been contacted by a number of constituents affected by the retrospective charge affecting many contractors, the self-employed and even agency workers."

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Thursday 8th August 2019 - 18:47 Machette Attack on Police Officer
I was shocked and devastated to learn of a "frenzied" machete attack on a police officer on High Road, Leyton yesterday.

The police do a fantastic job fighting crime and trying to make our neighbourhoods safer in an increasingly difficult climate of rising violent crime and budget cuts. It is therefore awful to see such an egregious attack on an officer just doing his job.

I am bowled over by the courage and reactions of the PC, who managed to use his taser in self defence to halt the attack. It sounds very much as if he saved his own life by doing so. The perpetrator now faces charges of GBH.

I spoke to the Borough Commander, DCS Richard Tucker, this morning, and I understand that the officer is doing alright. I hope he makes a speedy, full recovery and my thoughts are with him and his family, who must have been absolutely horrified when they heard what had happened.

This incident serves as a reminder that members of the emergency services put their lives on the line for us every single day of their working lives. That is something we should never forget and for which we should be forever grateful.
Saturday 27th July 2019 - 13:42 New PM Not Up To The Job
Much of our new Prime Minister's rambled acceptance speech last Tuesday was met noticeably with a wall of bemused silence from Conservative Party faithful. I wonder if this has set the tone for his Premiership.

Ever since a reported childhood declaration of his ambition to be "World King" Boris Johnson has repeatedly shown that it is power and position, not what you do with it, that truly matters to him. His speech gave few clues as to what he wants to achieve in office and I doubt any such blueprint exists, even in his mind.

Johnson is known to lack attention to detail because he is lazy. His reticence to familiarise himself with important information famously had real world consequences in the case of Nazarin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, whom he condemned with his bumbling to extra jail time. He has yet to offer more than an extremely qualified apology for this.

Add to this his liberal use of racist epithets and homophobic jibes down the years and his speedy resort to a lie to get out of a tight spot and a picture emerges of someone completely unsuited to public office, not least at such a crucial time. Far from uniting the country, a Johnson Premiership promises only to further entrench and embitter the divisions in society.

We are where we are because Johnson was chosen by a tiny, odd-ball segment of the electorate: older, whiter and far more prejudiced than the country at large. He should test his mettle with the rest of us by immediately calling a General Election.
Tuesday 2nd July 2019 - 12:30 Exclusion of local residents from airport consultation
Exclusion of local residents from airport consultation "I am extremely concerned to hear details of expansion plans which will dramatically increase the number of flights over my constituency, and about details of the consultation, which I understand has no plans to hold events in Waltham Forest or Redbridge."

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Thursday 27th June 2019 - 17:47 Good News - London Overground
Good News - London Overground John Cryer MP has hailed news that badly late new trains for the Barking-Gospel Oak Line have been introduced as "good news at last".

After electrification works on the line ran over by several months, resulting in additional long-term line closures, long-suffering commuters had to contend with a 50% service reduction resulting from the end of the lease on the old trains.

However, John has now learned that the third of the new trains has finally started running. This allows London Overground to restore the normal timetable of four trains per hour.

The Leyton & Wanstead MP said, "This news is welcome, but long overdue. I have heard from pregnant commuters scared to use the line due to fears about overcrowding on peak time services. Users of this line have put up with uncertainty, disruption and expense for nearly three years now.

"It is right that the Mayor has asked the manufacturer, Bombardier, to fund a month's free travel as compensation in September. I look forward to hearing about the arrangements for this in more detail."
Thursday 18th April 2019 - 11:52 #RaiseTheRate
The Government has presided over real terms cuts to school and college budgets and it is not an over-statement to say that education is now in crisis.

Colleges like Leyton Sixth Form College in my constituency, where 2300 young people study, have seen no actual terms increase in their per-student funding since 2013. At the same time, running costs have soared, leaving colleges running out of money and having to consider dropping subjects and extra-curricular activities and even cutting vital pastoral support.

Research from London Economics has shown that the rate needs to increase by at least 760 pounds per student, per year to ensure that schools and colleges can continue to deliver a high quality education. The #Raisetherate campaign is calling on the government to meet this demand for funding this year, and then increase the rate in line with inflation each year after.
I hope the Government will listen to the hard-working educationalists calling for this, many of whom have contacted me with their concerns.

Regrettably, from ages four to twenty-one it seems to me that the Government is still in denial about the impact that real terms cuts have on standards in education. Just before to the 2017 General Election, I contacted the Department for Education about the impact on local schools and the Minister responding asked me to pass on advice to schools to make savings on photocopying and electricity.

I sincerely hope that they will look at the impact that their cuts have had and agree to #Raisetherate.
Wednesday 30th January 2019 - 16:09 Whipps X calls for residents to help design its future
Whipps X calls for residents to help design its future Whipps Cross Hospital has asked John Cryer MP to help recruit members to a new group to find out what residents want from a redeveloped site.

Applications are now open for a small number of local people to join the Community Engagement Action Group, which intends to make sure the public can shape the future of the ageing hospital and its surrounding land.
Barts Health NHS Trust and its partners published initial plans for the future of the 100-year old site last year and are now embarking on drawing up more detailed plans.

The Trust says it plans to secure "a multi-million pound redevelopment that would make Whipps Cross a flagship campus offering the best care for generations to come.

"Preliminary assessments suggest a brand new state-of-the-art hospital - complete with an A&E and maternity department and co-located with other health and care facilities - could be built on a fraction of the existing estate. This would release land for other uses, potentially including new homes for the community and staff," a Trust statement said.

Now the Trust wants to recruit "a panel of residents who have good links with their communities and are passionate about securing a bright future for the hospital" to contribute to the planning process.

Whipps Cross Redevelopment Director Alastair Finney said: "We'll be doing lots over the coming months to get people's views through regular dialogue, meetings, surveys, social media and more, but I want us to go further than that. That's why we're asking for a small number of passionate people to help us get the views not just of those who use Whipps Cross Hospital at the moment, but of those who know they will need to use the Hospital in the future. We are genuinely committed to local people working with us to influence the future of Whipps Cross. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, so help us get it right!"

The group will help the Trust to gather the views of the community and ensure they're a key part of the plans as they develop.

Applications for the Community Engagement Action Group are open until midday on 7 February and further details can be found at www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/future-whipps

If this group isn't for you, but you'd still like to be involved, don't miss out on the host of other opportunities coming your way by signing up to the Trust's dedicated mailing list, also available on the website.

John Cryer MP said: "Whipps Cross is an old hospital, which frankly is not well set up for the requirements of modern medicine and the growing number of patients coming through its doors each day. I welcome the redevelopment in principle but it is important that the plan that is settled on meets the needs of a growing and ageing local population, maintaining capacity at the very least.

"Hopefully, recruiting local people to scrutinise the plans will ensure that the Trust remains sensitive to the needs of the local population as it takes decisions of huge and enduring significance for the future of healthcare provision in East London."
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."