Author Archives: Steve Baker

Speech on the launch of the 2018 Poppy Appeal


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This Poppy Appeal, The Royal British Legion is leading the Nation in saying ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world. In both terms of scale and its drawing upon modern industrialised resources, the First World War was like no other that had gone before it. Its impact upon states, societies, institutions and individuals meant no man, woman or child was left unaffected. It was a war that would shape the course of […]

Video – Brexit Update: here’s what’s going on with Brexit


PRESS RELEASE 20181008 FROM STEVE BAKER MP – NO EMBARGO Former Brexit minister and ERG Deputy Chairman Steve Baker MP (Wycombe, Con) today released a series of five short videos summarising where we are in the Brexit negotiations. These are intended to inform the public. Steve remembers Maastricht at the age of 21 as a terrible row which hardly anyone seemed to understand. These videos are intended to avoid that problem today. He says, British politics is starting to resemble […]

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Local government in Buckinghamshire


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Secretary of State Sajid Javid today announced how he is minded to proceed in the delivery of a single, unitary council for Buckinghamshire. In a written ministerial statement, he said: I am today announcing how I am minded to proceed in response to the locally-led proposals that I have received for improving local government in Buckinghamshire. Currently in the administrative county of Buckinghamshire, there is a two-tier structure of Buckinghamshire County Council and the district councils of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, High […]

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Update on Penn School


I have taken a close interest in developments relating to Penn School. I agree with many of my constituents that the administration of the failed Rayners Special Education Trust and the future use of the school site are matters of public interest. I have no direct authority over either the administration of Rayners Special Education Trust by Deloitte, or decisions over the school site’s future. However, I remain in contact with relevant bodies in the hope of ensuring a satisfactory conclusion. […]

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Autumn Budget 2017: Changes to Universal Credit


I have taken a keen interest in the roll out of Universal Credit in Wycombe. My team is working closely with local charities and housing support organisations to ensure that the roll out of Universal Credit is as successful as possible. Today, I attended The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions’ Statement on Universal Credit in Parliament. You can watch his statement here. I want to be sure that Wycombe people will be supported promptly so I have already made […]

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Please vote Conservative in Wycombe tomorrow to keep our nation secure and prosperous


There is no such thing tomorrow as a safe Labour or Lib Dem vote: if only 6 seats fall, there will be the chaos of a hung Parliament at just the moment we need good government. A Labour or Lib Dem vote risks dire consequences: The chaos of a Corbyn / SNP / Lib Dem Coalition. Jeremy Corbyn as PM who can’t lead on Brexit and opposes shooting-to-kill terrorists. Policies based on a magic money tree, higher taxes and debt. […]

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Theresa May’s clear plan for a smooth and orderly Brexit


Theresa May has a plan for Brexit and beyond. #VoteConservative on 8 June for strong, stable leadership in the national interest. pic.twitter.com/fNeUUWkpCl — Conservatives (@Conservatives) June 3, 2017 Our manifesto explains: The United Kingdom is embarking upon another era in our centuries-old story. We are leaving the European Union. We want to ensure our departure is smooth and orderly and to agree a deep and special partnership with the 27 remaining member states. In leaving the European Union, we have […]

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The Prime Minister’s statement on the appalling London Bridge terrorist attack


The Prime Minister today made a statement on last night’s appalling terrorist attack, setting out the action which will need to be taken. I have highlighted the key sections below. We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are. Things need to change, and they need to change in four important ways. First, while the recent attacks are not connected by common networks, they are connected in one important sense. They are bound together by the […]

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My goal for Wycombe – election statement for the Bucks Free Press


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Today, my election statement for the Bucks Free Press should appear in their pages as follows: My goal for Wycombe is to enable everyone to flourish to their full potential. I want local people to be better off, with stronger bonds of friendship and community and greater control over political power and public services. That is why I am proud to stand with Theresa May as your local Conservative candidate in the most important election in our lifetimes. Just 11 days […]

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Conservatives are committed to reducing homelessness


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Labour opponents list rising homelessness in their allegations against Conservatives. The truth is that homelessness has risen in the last seven years but to nowhere near its peak under Labour. FullFact.org have made available an analysis here and, fact checking PMQs here, they write: Statutory homelessness is much more than 10% below the peak reached under Labour, as our chart above suggests. New cases are running 57% below the level of 2003/04, when 135,000 households were accepted by councils as entitled […]

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