Author Archives: Steve Baker

We must have a real EU exit, not a fake one


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This weekend, we relaunch the expanded European Research Group (ERG) of Conservative MPs, which I chair. I am proud that ERG Vice Chair Suella Fernandes MP has taken the lead. For the Telegraph,  Suella writes ‘Britain must untie itself from EU shackles by using Brexit to leave the customs union’. Sixty Conservatives, plus colleagues from the DUP, Labour and UKIP have united behind her, agreeing on the statement, “The UK must leave the European Economic Area (EEA) and the Customs Union”, the […]

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Book Review – All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class, Tim Shipman


In its coverage of the most prominent characters and events of the referendum campaign and leadership contest, Shipman’s account is one of breathtaking completeness and great accuracy. To read All Out War is to relive the final year of the decades-long EU campaign. In all the circumstances, Shipman was right to emphasise the central figures, not least to constrain what is already a book of over 600 pages. However, many of the Parliamentarians who struggled resolutely for decades to achieve […]

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The EU: what next? Presentation to MHA Maclntyre Hudson


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On 21 October, MHA Maclntyre Hudson High Wycombe kindly invited me to present ideas on our exit from the EU to a large group of their clients, many of them our local businesses. My slides were as follows: Some of the documents on which I drew may be found here: Business for Britain: Change, or Go Road to Brexit, report of a conference at All Souls College, 9 September 2016 Trade Tools for the 21st Century I am most grateful to MHA Maclntyre Hudson and to all […]

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The Government is making good progress for Calais Child Refugees


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On 26 October, the French Government announced that the Calais Jungle had been cleared. The migrants who had previously been living at the camp have been entered into the French immigration and asylum system. Questions have been asked in recent days about the fate of unaccompanied children living in Calais. There has been a statement in the Commons by the Home Secretary. The question of the plight of child refugees and migrants in Calais properly arouses strong views. Our hearts […]

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NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans must be published by the end of November


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In Wycombe, we all care passionately about the NHS and the future of local NHS services. Many local online activists sent campaign emails about the NHS Five Year Forward View and the Sustainability and Transformation Plans which will deliver it. On Tuesday 11th October, I raised the the issue at Health Questions: Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): If he will take steps to ensure that clinical commissioning groups publish their proposals for implementing the NHS “Five Year Forward View”. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of […]

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Now and always, zero tolerance for hatred


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In the past ten days, several constituents have reported being increasingly subject to hateful abuse over their race or nationality in London, Oxford and Wycombe. Recently, I attended a conference where UK Christians described acts of persecution they had suffered after converting here at home. Hateful abuse like racism and religious persecution is and always will be intolerable. As this website has set out for years, I believe in equality before the law and freedom, including freedom of religion. Every […]

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Vascular Services for Thames Valley and in Wycombe


Regular readers will know I am committed to the highest quality NHS healthcare for Wycombe residents. For specialist procedures, there is often a tension between quality and location: time and again, clinical imperatives on safety and quality lead to centralisation to enable consultants and other staff to deliver expert care. So, bearing in mind the debate I called in 2013, I was concerned to hear about changes to vascular services at Wycombe Hospital. From April 2016, patients from Buckinghamshire who seek specialist […]

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Slides: Leaving the EU – a personal perspective, prepared for Chiltern Chamber of Commerce


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This morning, I spoke at Chiltern Chamber of Commerce’s Post-Brexit Networking Breakfast, providing a personal perspective on “Leaving the EU, what next?” As promised, the slides are available here: 20160716-EU-WhatNext. Many thanks to Chiltern Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity. A transcript is not available.

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Birthing unit at Wycombe Hospital


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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust announced earlier this week a temporary transfer of service for women planning to give birth at Wycombe Birth Centre until the end of November. It is a result of an unanticipated number of midwife vacancies across maternity services. This is obviously extremely disappointing. The last time this happened was in 2010, as I reported here and here. Currently, about 20 mothers give birth at the unit each month, with 700 ante-natal and post-natal check-ups being carried out too. […]

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EU Referendum message to the electors of Wycombe


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In the EU referendum, the UK voted to leave the European Union. For all the reasons I have set out, recently and over 9 years,  I believe the people of the UK have made the right choice for our country. We must now form a Government willing to implement the dual mandate of the Conservative manifesto and the Referendum result. We know the public took this decision seriously and that many people disagree. After a Remain campaign which relentlessly stoked fear […]

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