Foxcroft brings it to the floor

Officer Michaels: How old are you McLovin?
McLovin: Old enough.
Officer Slater: Old enough for what?
McLovin: To party.
- Superbad

Vicky Foxcroft, the new MP for Lewisham Deptford (AKA much of Brockley) has addressed the House of Commons for the first time and used the opportunity to give big love to the community spirit and artistic flair of the area. Nice to see the Brockley Jack, Brockley Max and the Crofton Park Library get a mention in the mother of Parliaments.

What she actually used her private members bill session for was to make the case for the voting age to be lowered to 16.

Not for Foxcroft a return to the centre ground of British politics - as well as crowbarring the Red Flag in to her seven minutes, she also promised to use words that the people of Lewisham Deptford can relate to and yet avoided both 'artisan' and 'hipster'. Here it is:

19 comments:

JosephJohnODonnell said...

Great stuff

Common Tater said...

Old Labour convictions and the gauche delivery of a northern school ma'am.


A perfect fit for Deptford and Lewisham.

Anon said...

Dargon?

https://youtu.be/mrIYXiZBDmg?t=42s

Anon said...

Is that a former Lewisham mayor Roger Godsiff helping to doughnut our Vicky?

terrencetrentderby said...

I believe Ser Jorah Mormont is providing our Khaleesi with council

Crofty said...

Can't watch the video on my ancient computer ... what did she say about Crofton Park Library? Is she going to campaign to get it back to being a real library again? It's such a terrible pity that we lost such a useful service.

Damian said...

Anyone else find "language Lewisham & Deptford residents can understand" - "plain, simple, English" a bit patronising?

ianerc said...

Yup

Brockley Nick said...

Yes. Also, I'm not sure reciting the lyrics of The Red Flag counts as keeping it real.

pocamac said...

I think she said 'relate to' which is quite different
and that this was in response to complaints she'd had on the doorstep
so no, not patronising

terrencetrentderby said...

Given many Lewisham residents can't even speak English I don't think she was being patronising.

Abdoujaparov said...

Yep, she said 'relate to' not 'understand'.

Good points about giving 16 and 17 year olds the vote, I thought. But she did seem quite nervous and not as fluent and natural as she was at crofton park library the other day! Understandable, of course.

I hope she does a good job and hope she proves to be a little more moderate than her union background suggests.

She may turn out to be great but it says it all about the continued influence of the unions on labour that someone with her (fairly limited) experience should be given the candidacy in such a plumb seat as Lewisham Deptford.

That's probably a bit harsh. Good luck to her.

Anon said...

Oh lord... that came across as a patronising drone, more cheesyier than a wotsit.
I'll try not to choke on that anymore. I much prefer my MP's to be slightly more articulate and less nasally. Like ED... what's his name again.

Anon said...

Tower Hamlet comes to Brockley?


"Lewisham Council is under fire after its Deptford market staff helped publicise a Labour-run event ahead of the election.

The event was organised by local Labour councillors and included an appearance by the party's parliamentary candidate for the Lewisham Deptford seat Vicky Foxcroft.

And the council has since admitted its staff's behaviour was "inappropriate". "

The Labour meeting was organised by Joe Dromey son of Harriet Harmen, could that explain why his mum picked up Vicky's point at PMQ's about votes for 16 year olds?

disappointed said...

I would be a great deal happier with my politicians if they were not either in the pocket of the unions or in the pocket of business magnates.

It leads to the appointment of party yes-men and yes-women.

I'm afraid Vicky has not made much of a first impression, nerves I guess. Labour needs a Nicola Sturgeon.

Marky said...

She says that Joan Ruddock was a hard working MP? Come on. She was interested in one thing - nuclear disarmament. She delivered nothing for Lewisham.

Sue L said...

Gosh, what a bunch of hyper-critical, negative comments. I thought it was a perfectly acceptable maiden speech. As she said, the convention is that your maiden speech pays tribute to your predecessor, refers to your constituency and is fairly light-hearted. In return, you don't get yah-booed by the other side. I thought she did well - not enough to make me vote Labour mind, but give her a break!

Sue L said...

And good choice for private members bill too, I meant to say.

Marky said...

Not really, it has no hope of getting through. Successful private members bills are measures which all sides of the two Houses can get behind. Methinks she is after a promotion.

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