Seema Malhotra MP

Labour and Cooperative Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston

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The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling MP, announced that the Government will push for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

Seema Malhotra MP's statement on the Government’s Heathrow National Policy Statement:

"A significant proportion of local residents will welcome the news that the Government has taken the next step in Heathrow expansion. Past polling has shown a majority of residents in Feltham and Heston supporting the principle of expansion, with the positive impact this will have on jobs and opportunities for SMEs in the local economy. However, many are rightly concerned about the negative environmental impacts associated with expansion, particularly noise, respite, air pollution and night flights. The Transport Select Committee produced an excellent report scrutinising the Government's draft National Policy Statement and it is disappointing that despite claiming to accept 24 out of the Committee's 25 recommendation the final NPS contains very little of the detail that the Committee requested.

"The absence of flight path information is a especially concerning as many communities will experience aircraft noise for the first time with a third runway and I have raised this issue in Parliament. The NPS also fails to address the proposed routes and costs of the required surface access improvements. It gives no mention of the regeneration benefits that could be delivered by a new rail line proposed by Hounslow Council accessing the south of the airport via Feltham. The NPS also does not include any condition on Heathrow's promise of no increase in airport-related traffic on the local road network. I am also concerned that the NPS has not extended the proposed night flight from 6.5 hours to 7 hours as recommended by the Transport Select Committee. I will be consulting with residents on these issues over the coming weeks and would encourage local residents to get in touch."

*Seema Malhotra MP also asked the Transport Secretary a question on flight paths when giving his statement in Parliament on Tuesday. Read Here>

 

Seema Malhotra MP responds to Third Runway expansion at Heathrow

The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling MP, announced that the Government will push for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

Seema Malhotra MP pledged her support for UK SAYS NO MORE to take a stand against domestic abuse and sexual violence and to urge the Government to do more to prevent domestic violence in the UK.

UK SAYS NO MORE is a national campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence across the UK. It is run by Hestia, London’s largest provider of domestic abuse refuges.

With over 140 coalition partners, UK SAYS NO MORE seeks to unite and strengthen a diverse community of members of the public and organisations nationwide to actively take a stand against domestic abuse and sexual violence.

The British Crime Survey has found that 1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime while 1 in 6 men will also be affected. Domestic abuse also accounts for 8% of all recorded crime within the United Kingdom. 950,000 children across the UK are affected by domestic abuse every year (SafeLives, 2014) and 79% of women reported leaving their partner because they feared for the safety of their children (Hestia, 2015). In addition, a study by Rape Crisis in 2016 found that there are 11 rapes an hour in the UK.

In UK SAYS NO MORE Week, which runs from 21st – 27th May 2018, Hestia are asking the public and politicians to take a stand. They are asking the Government to go further on measures to prevent domestic abuse and they are asking Parliamentarians to stand with them by signing a Charter on Prevention. This Charter asks for:

 

  • Responsibility for education and awareness to be enshrined in the role of the new Domestic Abuse Commissioner and for education around healthy relationships to spread into all walks of life. It will be incumbent on the new Commissioner, the Government and local authorities to make this happen.
  • Greater support for children who have witnessed or experienced domestic abuse. This can have a long term impact on children and more funding needs to be channelled into ensuring young people have access to mental health support.
  • Domestic abuse to be everyone’s business. In particular there needs be greater awareness raising amongst employers who can play a key role in supporting employees who are experiencing abuse. The employers ‘duty of care’ needs to be expanded to include their responsibilities in dealing with domestic abuse.

The call comes as new data from Hestia, the largest provider of domestic abuse refuges in London, reveals that more than half (55%) of Brits who witness domestic abuse as a child will go on to be victims of domestic abuse in their adult life. The polling by Opinium highlights the stark need for more action to break the cycle of abuse.

 

Seema Malhotra supports UK Says No More

Seema Malhotra MP pledged her support for UK SAYS NO MORE to take a stand against domestic abuse and sexual violence and to urge the Government to do more to...

Seema Malhotra MP visited the London Ambulance Service in the week that they exited special measures.

Seema Malhotra MPs statement:

"Today, I visited the London ambulance service and Air Ambulance team in Waterloo and met many of the Incredible staff who provide the life-saving service we depend on. The London ambulance service employs over 5000 staff across 70 ambulance stations. They take around 5000 calls a day and work under incredibly high pressure.

"This week Ministers announced the good news that the London Ambulance Service had exited Special Measures for Quality. The Care Quality Commission highlighted that the improvements made by the leadership and staff of the trust were especially commendable given the major incidents the trust had responded to over the last year. Going forward we know there is much work to be done to continue improvements. Some of the innovations they are bringing in to integrate care and services I hope will make a real difference to local residents. But delays can remain an issue - I was impressed to hear some of the work going on to work more closely with hospitals and reduce the time spent waiting at A&E.

"The Service is keen to hear feedback from residents and I will continue to work with LAS on the challenges they face and the further support their amazing staff need.

"I would encourage anyone in Feltham and Heston with positive feedback or if they have had a negative experience to get in touch with the London Ambulance Service or with me and I can pass the feedback on. If anyone is interested working in the London Ambulance Service including the operations and call handling team, there are opportunities all year round and there are roadshows that can help you find out more."

Seema Malhotra visits London Ambulance Service

Seema Malhotra MP visited the London Ambulance Service in the week that they exited special measures.


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