Cutting income tax for 30 million people


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Via Share The Facts: While Labour and the Lib Dems have confirmed they will raise taxes, we’re committed to cutting income tax and rewarding hard work. Income tax cuts are a key part of our long-term economic plan – to help taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money and be more financially secure. In this Parliament, we’ve halved the deficit as a percentage of GDP and cut taxes at the same time – proving that tax cuts and a stronger […]

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Letter to the Bucks Free Press on freedom of expression and extremism


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Via the Bucks Free Press, my letter on freedom of expression and extremism: I was delighted that this year’s parade in High Wycombe to celebrate the birth of Muhammad once again demonstrated the friendship we enjoy in our Town. It was by all accounts a happy and successful occasion. I have observed closely the development of local commentary in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. I read the Mayor’s statement on Facebook carefully, and the support and criticism he […]

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The ECB’s bond-buying programme – “a grave menace to our civilisation”?


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The European Central Bank has announced a programme of bond-buying of €60 billion a month, to be carried out at least until end-Sept 2016. Monetary policy around the world remains in the midst of a remarkable experiment: money creation is expected sustainably to solve real economic problems. It is possible that there is something dangerously wrong with mainstream economic thought. Hayek’s conclusion to The Pure Theory of Capital is a spectacular rant against those economists who consider only the short-run, surface […]

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Calling for a new generation of Urgent Care Centre in Wycombe during the NHS debate


Yesterday, I spoke in the debate on the NHS, calling for a new generation of urgent care centre in Wycombe in line with NHS England guidance, particularly: NHS England, Transforming urgent and emergency care services in England NHS England Five Year Forward View Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): I begin by paying tribute to the staff and leadership of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. The trust went through special measures as a result of the Keogh review, when it was found to […]

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Eric Pickles’ letter to Islamic leaders


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Eric Pickle’s letter to mosques may be downloaded from the Government website here. The Prime Minister’s reaction to criticism is on the BBC site here. Given that the problems we face together are so grave, I hope people will read the letter for themselves before forming a view. It is a subject altogether too serious for the usual party political pantomime. I am satisfied that local leaders of all faiths and none are already working exceptionally hard for the long […]

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