Author Archives: Steve Baker

Penn School – update from Bucks County Council


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This morning, I have had confirmation from Bucks County Council it is actively working with parents to find places at new schools for current Penn School students. The Council has been in touch with the special education needs and disability team at the Department for Education and the Department has endorsed the actions the Council is taking. Fifteen children from Bucks are affected by the closure, eight of whom live in the Wycombe constituency. A number have already been found new places […]

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Further Penn School update


I have recently been in contact with the County Council Cabinet Member for Education & Skills, Councillor Zahir Mohammed, and the office of the Secretary of State for Education to see what might be done for Penn School. Councillor Zahir has been working closely with officials, meeting parents on Monday. I have also pored over the School’s inspection reports. I know the situation is causing substantial anxiety and it is clear why. At the inspection of 8-9 May 2013, the school […]

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Hunting with hounds


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It is necessary to control both badgers and foxes in the interests of protecting farm livestock of one kind or another. My position on the badger cull remains as it was before the election: the issues at stake are primarily scientific but the science is disputed. I have therefore decided to support my colleagues in government. I have received correspondence this week asking me to either assert, clarify or reconsider my view in relation to the proposed changes to the Hunting Act. […]

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Penn School update


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Penn School is an independent school in Wycombe constituency which specialises in the education of young people with communication difficulties associated with speech, language, hearing impairment and autistic spectrum conditions. The School has been placed into administration. The situation is thoroughly unsatisfactory for all involved. Parents in particular are bound to be highly anxious about the future. The School was established in 2001, after the previous owners decided to reorganise its special education provision.  The property and other financial assets were invested in the […]

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Conservatives for Britain reaction to the Greek referendum result


At the time of writing, with over 57% of the Greek referendum result known, it appears the result is 61% no and 39% yes. Today’s dramatic result is a wake-up call for the failed EU Establishment. Even the most vulnerable small nation will not be bullied by supranational authorities. The result reflects the politics of neither left nor right but the democratic rejection of an imposed solution to the country’s problems. Whatever we may think of the politics and economics […]

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The launch of the RCEM Emergency Care fact sheet


Today, I hosted the launch of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s ‘Accident & Emergency: Essential Facts’. As the Secretary of State said during his speech at the event, the fact sheet produced by RCEM focuses the mind on the challenges facing emergency care today. The year 2014 saw 14.6 million patient attendances to A&E, equating to 30 patients per minute. The RCEM have produced a video summarising the key facts and data around A&Es and Emergency Medicine in the UK: […]

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Facilitating a responsible debate on Emergency Medicine


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Prior to the election I set out my five deliverable commitments on health. I pledged to: Demand an NHS Urgent Care Centre at Wycombe Hospital Continue to champion patients’ interests in Parliament and in Wycombe Ask Buckinghamshire County Council to explore buying out Labour’s expensive privately-financed hospitals across the county Campaign to increase local power over local NHS services Support commissioners to bring top-quality care closer to home Last month, I met with Dr. Clifford Mann, the President of the […]

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The last gasp of an outdated ideology – speech on the EU


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I’ve been asked to publish my speech at the launch of Politeia’s The UK and the EU: what must change? by Bernard Jenkin, Sir William Cash and John Redwood. I did not have a script: this is a close parallel of the main substance of my remarks. In 2007, a British MP visited the Czech Republic to make a speech on the European Union. He said, It is the last gasp of an outdated ideology, a philosophy that has no place in our new […]

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Statement on the formation of an Exploratory Committee for the EU Referendum


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This is the statement issued by the Exploratory Committee for the No Campaign in the EU Referendum: Statement on the formation of an Exploratory Committee for the EU Referendum The following have agreed to form an Exploratory Committee for the EU Referendum: Steve Baker MP Douglas Carswell MP Kate Hoey MP Kelvin Hopkins MP Bernard Jenkin MP Owen Paterson MP Graham Stringer MP The Government is committed to renegotiating the UK’s terms of membership of the EU and to a […]

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Conservatives for Britain feedback to the Electoral Commission on the referendum question


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Conservatives for Britain have sent the following to the Electoral Commission. We are meeting the Commission at the time this post is released. A further 10 members appended their names. Additional members approved the text but did not want to supply their names at this point. Dear Sir/Madam, Conservative Members of Parliament meeting as Conservatives for Britain have instructed me to provide our collective view on the European Union Bill referendum question. We have separately arranged a meeting in Parliament. […]

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