Vicky Foxcroft

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Vicky Foxcroft

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Member of Parliament
for Lewisham Deptford
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded byJoan Ruddock
Majority34,899 (63.3%)
Personal details
Born (1977-03-09) 9 March 1977 (age 42)
Chorley, England
Political partyLabour
Alma materDe Montfort University
WebsiteOfficial website

Victoria Jane Foxcroft[1] (born 9 March 1977[2][3]) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Lewisham Deptford since 2015.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Foxcroft studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree in business studies at De Montfort University between 1996 and 2000.[3][5]

Foxcroft has been a Labour Party member since at least 1997,[5] and has sat on the Party's National Policy Forum.[5] From 2010 until May 2014 she was a local councillor for the Brockley ward on Lewisham Council.[6][7]

Foxcroft has been credited with helping the success of the campaign against the closure of University Hospital Lewisham.[8]

In 2002, Foxcroft became an officer at the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU), continuing through the merger of the AEEU into Amicus in 2001, and through the merger of Amicus into Unite the Union in 2007. She was a research officer from 2002 to 2005; a political officer from 2005 to 2009, and a finance sector officer from 2009 until 2015.[5]

Foxcroft has lived in Lewisham, Deptford since at least 2004.[5]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Foxcroft contested the Lewisham Deptford constituency for the Labour Party at the 2015 general election. She won with a 60.25% share of the vote.[9] Her campaign promised to "reverse the privatisation of the NHS",[10] increase free childcare to 25 hours per week,[10] raise the minimum wage to £8 per hour,[10] and provide jobs to everyone unemployed for more than one year.[10] Her campaign criticised "rip-off letting agents fees",[10] pay-day lenders,[11] the under-occupancy penalty ("Bedroom Tax"),[11] and the trebling of the cap on tuition fees.[11]

Foxcroft made her maiden speech in a debate on the Scotland Bill on 8 June 2015, in which she quoted lyrics from The Red Flag.[12] After the first election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader in September 2015, Foxcroft was appointed as a whip.[13]

Foxcroft was re-elected at the 2017 snap general election with a 77% share of the vote.

Views[edit]

Foxcroft is concerned about rising knife crime. In November 2018, Foxcroft said, "Sadly, the increase does not surprise me. You can't cut police, Sure Start, essential services in schools, access to mental health services and youth work, and not expect there to be a consequence. And beyond the tragic fatalities, there's an exponentially larger number of knife attacks that don't kill children but do create a climate of fear."[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9116.
  2. ^ "Vicky Foxcroft". LinkedIn. Retrieved 5 June 2015. Birthday: March 9
  3. ^ a b "New Labour's power-dressed future". The Guardian. 3 October 2001. Retrieved 5 June 2015. Vicky Foxcroft, a 24-year-old...
  4. ^ "Lewisham Deptford Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e Dale, Iain; Callus, Greg; Hamilton, Daniel; Waller, Robert (2014), The Politicos Guide to the 2015 General Election
  6. ^ "Vicky Foxcroft, MP for Lewisham Deptford". Labour Party. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Vicky Foxcroft- Your Labour Candidate for Lewisham Deptford". Labour Party. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Vicky Foxcroft, MP for Lewisham Deptford". Labour Party. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Vicky Foxcroft MP". parliament.uk. Parliament UK. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Working hard for Lewisham Deptford". Labour Party. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  11. ^ a b c "Only Labour will save OUR NHS". Labour Party. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Daily Hansard - Debate". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). United Kingdom: House of Commons. 8 June 2015. col. 967–970.
  13. ^ Chakelian, Anoosh (18 September 2015). "Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet: the full list of ministers". New Statesman. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  14. ^ Surge in young knife deaths amid police cuts and 'a climate of fear' The Guardian. 29 November 2018.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joan Ruddock
Member of Parliament
for Lewisham Deptford

2015–present
Incumbent