Author Archives: Ex-staff

Acid Attacks: Response from the Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability


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Following the despicable acid attacks that took place in Wycombe earlier this summer, I wrote to the responsible Minister about the need for tougher sentencing and consideration of the restriction of sales. I was very pleased to receive a response from the Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability. The Minister robustly stated the Government’s position that: there is no place in our society for these sickening attacks. Attacks on people involving acids or other corrosive are a serious matter that can result in huge distress […]

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Driving Lessons on Motorways


The Government has recently announced that learner drivers will be able to have lessons on motorways in a bid to improve road safety. The change in law will be active from 2018 and learners will be allowed on motorways but with an approved driving instructor in a dual control car. I know this issue will be of particular interest to learner drivers here in Wycombe considering the M40 is on our doorstep and is the important arterial route through our […]

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Riding Arriva Buses in High Wycombe


In my recent Letter from Westminster for the Bucks Free Press, I wrote about my forthcoming meeting with representatives from Arriva to discuss their bus services in our area. On Friday 28th July, I had a very useful meeting with Maq Alibhai, Area Managing Director South at Arriva, along with High Wycombe Operations Manager Renata Hale and Aylesbury and Wycombe Engineering Manager Russell Cato. I also took the opportunity to climb aboard one of the company’s new hi-tech buses which is now operating […]

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Publication of the 2017 Cross-Government Drug Strategy


The Government’s 2017 Drug Strategy has now been published, and I know that this plan will be of particular interest to those who work with individuals desperately trying to break away from a destructive cycle of addiction. Charities such as DrugFAM as well as our local NHS teams perform this critically important work in Wycombe often in the most difficult of circumstances and I hope this strategy can support our local providers and charities. You can read more about the Government’s Strategy via this […]

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Wycombe Hospital’s Maternity Unit


I have often received praise from constituents for the work of midwives in Wycombe Hospital’s Maternity Unit which has existed on the Hospital Site for many years. However during the campaign, I spoke to some residents who were unaware of what is available at the Wycombe Hospital site so I thought I would highlight what is available. There is an antenatal clinic at the Wycombe Hospital site providing obstetric and midwife led clinics as well as ultrasound scans, anesthetic clinics and early […]

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A Parliamentary Question on Prisons and Rehabilitation


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In 2013, I took part in the Centre for Social Justice’s Inner City Challenge, spending three days in drug and alcohol rehabilitation with ex-offenders at Acorn Treatment in Manchester. I blogged about the experience here. The experience was emotionally exhausting but critically important to my understanding of the rehabilitation of offenders. As I explained at the time, There must be justice but after that, mercy, forgiveness and transformation. That is what Acorn Treatment and Housing delivers: a full package to remake lives, […]

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HS2 and the A4010


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Although the route of HS2 does not travel through the Wycombe constituency, we will be affected by construction.  HS2 will intersect the A4010, the emergency route for vehicles travelling to and from the heart and stroke facilities at Wycombe Hospital and the Accident and Emergency Unit at Stoke Mandeville. During questions to the Department for Transport on Thursday 23rd February 2017, I raised this important issue: Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con) 4. When HS2 Ltd plans to produce a route management improvement and safety plan for […]

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Chiltern Railways and our local train service


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The quality of our local train service is an issue for many of us. I sometimes use the trains to commute to Parliament during the working week and I know that many constituents do the same on a much more regular basis. I have been recently contacted by the Department of Transport with the opportunity to raise any comments or concerns about the franchise, so I have written to the Minister about the following issues: Whether Chiltern Railways could introduce a season ticket that is […]

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Penn School, Wycombe: update on administration


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I am taking a close interest in the Penn School site and its future. Both the provision of education and the use of land are of the first importance in Wycombe. The administration of the failed Rayners Special Education Trust and the future use of the school site are matters of public interest. While I have no direct authority over either, I remain in correspondence with relevant bodies in the hope of ensuring a swift and satisfactory conclusion. Deloitte are the administrators: they […]

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A Parliamentary Question about the NHS and Small Businesses


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During Department of Health questions on 7th February 2017, I raised a question with the Department of Health about NHS providers making slow payments to small businesses. This question arose from casework that I have been working on in Wycombe. Steve Baker MP: A small business in my constituency was driven out of business by slow payments for relatively small sums by NHS providers. Will he ensure strict compliance with the guidelines for timely payments? Philip Dunne MP (Minister of State Department of […]

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