Author Archives: Robyn Halbert

TTIP, the NHS, and the Queen’s speech.


This week my conservative colleague Peter Lilley put forth an amendment to the Queen’s speech regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the NHS. The text of the amendment was as follows: At end add ‘but respectfully regret that a Bill to protect the National Health Service from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership was not included in the Gracious Speech.’. I gladly supported this amendment and it had such widespread crossbench support that the Government chose to […]

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HS2 Update – construction traffic in West Wycombe and access to Stoke Mandeville


Now the HS2 Select Committee process has finished, I wanted to provide a brief update on the project and the parts that affect my constituents. I had previously expressed my concerns to the Committee about the number of construction vehicles that HS2 propose to route along the A4010, A4129 and A40 and the specific impact this will have on West Wycombe High Street and ambulances travelling along the A4010 between Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe General Hospitals. It has been clarified […]

Syrian refugees and migrants


The UK is the second biggest bilateral donor of humanitarian aid to Syria, having already pledged £1 billion as well as some £60 million additional funding to help those still in the country. Since the crisis began nearly 5000 Syrians and their dependents have been granted asylum through normal procedures, and the Vulnerable Persons Relocations scheme is already up and running, with hundreds of the most vulnerable Syrians welcomed into the country for protection and support. The Prime Minister has […]

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Transport for Buckinghamshire Road Surfacing Notification


This week as part of the countywide carriageway surfacing programme Transport for Buckinghamshire will be carrying out work at the following locations in my constituency:     The Link, Hazlemere (2/3/16) Daytime micro surfacing works, using a road closure. Toms Turn, Hazlemere (2/3/16 to 3/3/16) Daytime micro surfacing works, using a road closure. Rowan Close, Hazlemere (3/3/16) Daytime micro surfacing works, using a road closure. Highfield Way, Hazlemere (3/3/16 to 4/3/16) Daytime micro surfacing works, using a road closure. Tylers Road/Rushmoor Avenue, Hazlemere (4/3/16 […]

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Domestic Violence


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Domestic violence is an abhorrent crime and the Government has been committed to tackling it. Nearly £40 million has been ring-fenced for specialist local domestic and sexual violence support services, the national domestic violence help line, rape crisis centres, and the stalking helpline. Domestic abuse is not just physical however, as it can mean controlling behaviour and appalling emotional attacks. The Government widened the definition of domestic violence to include both physical and verbal abuse, as well as reducing the […]

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Government commits to fight to end ‘tampon tax’


Yesterday, the House of Commons debated Finance Bill New Clause 7, an amendment to force a negotiation with the EU for a reduction in the 5% VAT rate on sanitary items.  The Hansard record of this debate is available here. VAT on tampons and other sanitary products should be zero and it was clear that this was the will of the House of Commons. However, EU VAT rules prevent Parliament from eliminating VAT on these products: the cross-party will of […]

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Westminster Open Day for Constituency Staff


My caseworker, Tim, recently attended a Constituency Staff Open Day at the House of Commons, where he gave a presentation about the life of a caseworker to new starters. His experience is as follows: I was really pleased to have the opportunity to discuss my role as Caseworker to colleagues from other constituencies at a recent Constituency Staff Open Day in the House of Commons. I have worked for two MPs during the last four years. I began this job […]

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Westminster Hall debate on Tamil rights in Sri Lanka


Yesterday I attended a Westminster Hall debate on Tamil Rights in Sri Lanka where the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the following: …there is now a Tamil leader of the opposition for the first time in more than 30 years. We have a real window of opportunity for all Sri Lankans to work together to secure a stable, secure and prosperous future. Tomorrow, the report of the international investigation by the office of the High Commissioner for […]

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EU published plans for ‘independent media councils’ to monitor media across the EU with powers to remove journalistic status


It has recently been brought to my attention that in 2013, the little known ‘High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism” published a report calling for new regulatory bodies to provide oversight of journalists and publishers across Europe to ensure they act responsibly. The report stated that “Such bodies would have competences to investigate complaints [and] should have real enforcement powers, such as the imposition of fines, orders for printed or broadcast apologies, or removal of journalistic status.” The […]

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Co-operatives – good for Britain


Co-operatives give people control over the products and services that matter to them. From fan-owned football clubs to farmer-controlled producers, there are nearly 7,000 independent co-operatives across UK. Since the Rochdale Pioneers opened their Toad Lane store in 1844, the co-operative movement has grown to a network of over 3 million individual members in the UK. Cooperatives boost innovation, productivity and entrepreneurship and contribute £37 billion to the British economy. In Wycombe, Cressex Community School became the first state-maintained Trust schools […]

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