Author Archives: Steve Baker

Owen Paterson’s remarkable speech: “An Optimistic Vision of a Post-EU United Kingdom”


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On Monday, Owen Paterson made a remarkable speech, An Optimistic Vision of a Post-EU United Kingdom: I would like to see our Government brought back within the control of our own Parliament. Ministers should be properly accountable to Parliament for all aspects of Government. This would give the British people the ability to remove their real rulers by voting. Our politics would be reinvigorated. I find it extraordinary that many in our establishment mock this prospect. As a nation we […]

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Understanding the Money Creation and Society Debate


Together with colleagues spanning four parties – Michael Meacher (Lab), Caroline Lucas (Green), Douglas Carswell (UKIP) and David Davis (Con) – I have secured a debate on Money Creation and Society for Thursday 20 November. Here’s a quick guide to understanding the debate. First, we have a system of paper or “fiat” money: it exists due to legal mandate as opposed to being a physical commodity like gold. Reserves, notes and coins are created by the state but claims on money […]

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It’s time to improve the health and social care complaints system – Healthwatch shows how


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Healthwatch England is the national consumer champion in health and care. They have significant statutory powers to ensure the voice of the consumer is strengthened and heard by those who commission, deliver and regulate health and care services. These powers include the right to enter and view health providers, for which I have had the training through Healthwatch Bucks. Nationally, Healthwatch has prioritised health and social care complaints: The health and social care complaints system doesn’t work because it was never […]

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Remembrance Day prayers 2014


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Traditionally, the MP for Wycombe leads prayers in All Saints High Wycombe on Remembrance Day. Here are mine for 2014: O LORD our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who from your throne beholds all the dwellers upon earth, heartily we rejoice in your Lordship over all creation, as we remember in humility and penitence those failures of humanity which cause war. We give thanks and praise for the men […]

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One week until the Wycombe Homeless Connection Big Sleepout 2014


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Wycombe Homeless Connection is a community project of Wycombe churches, serving around 300 single adult homeless or vulnerably housed individuals each year. Through Speen Church, I have been a volunteer since before I was a candidate. I previously worked with the homeless during my MSc in Oxford. I spoke about the project in Parliament last year. Too many people are trapped in cycles of addiction, debt, family breakdown, worklessness and educational failure. Too often, one or more of these factors will […]

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