An MP’s Involvement in Immigration Cases


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Immigration cases form a large component of my casework. My staff in Wycombe administer the cases from my constituency office. There are a number of stages that we work through when you present a case to us: please visit this page for further details. My staff and I understand that immigration cases are often complicated and sometimes distressing. We will always try our best to offer appropriate support but there are limitations to our assistance. For instance, we do not provide immigration […]

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Visit of Professor Jonathan Benger to Wycombe Hospital


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I know that almost everyone living in High Wycombe would like to see A&E at Wycombe Hospital so I recently met Professor Jonathan Benger who is the National Clinical Director for Urgent Care for NHS England. Professor Benger is the most senior clinician to advise the NHS on accident and emergency services in the country. He has extensive experience of pre-hospital care, led or collaborated on many grant-funded research projects and authored a number of peer-reviewed publications. Professor Benger has previously chaired the Clinical […]

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Increases in Animal Cruelty Sentences to Five Years


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While out and about in Wycombe during the election campaign, many constituents asked me to support a campaign to increase the maximum custodial sentence for the most serious acts of animal cruelty to five years imprisonment. I subsequently wrote to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ask whether UK sentences for animal cruelty could be aligned with international norms. I was therefore glad to hear the Secretary of State announce that animal abusers could face up to five years in prison. The Government has announced […]

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Riding the Rails with Chiltern Railways


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In my Letter from Westminster for July, I wrote about the importance of Wycombe remaining a convenient place to live and work with good rail, road and air links. The final visit of my summer series of meetings with local transport operators was with Chiltern Railways. I enjoyed meeting the Managing Director of Chiltern Railways, Dave Penney, and his senior team for an informative morning last month. I also took the opportunity to raise some questions sent in by constituents. Earlier this summer, I […]

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Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and Bangladesh


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Over the last month, I received many representations from councillors and constituents in Wycombe expressing deep concern about the deteriorating conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and the welfare of Rohingya Muslims in that region. They are rightly concerned at the dreadful situation of people fleeing the conflict. Earlier in September, I wrote to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office expressing my support for both British humanitarian aid for the Rohingya people at this moment of crisis and for the Government working with […]

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Government launches urgent review into cycle safety


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Despite the many hills in and around Wycombe, I know that cycling is an ever increasing pastime for many people around our town as well as in the nearby Chilterns. However, many of us will have been concerned to read about some recent cases involving reckless cycling and driving, and I am pleased that the Government has recently announced an urgent review into cycle safety. The review will consider whether a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving […]

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Riding Carousel Buses in High Wycombe


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As part of a series of summer visits to local transport operators in High Wycombe, I visited Carousel Buses’ depot on Hughenden Avenue in High Wycombe. I enjoyed meeting Phil Southall, Managing Director for Carousel Buses and learning more about Carousel’s developments in e-ticketing as well as the next generation of buses. Many new buses travel on Carousel’s routes connecting Wycombe to towns including Stokenchurch, Reading, Chesham, Uxbridge and Heathrow Airport providing comfort for many passengers. I also asked a series […]

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Acid Attacks: Response from the Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability


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Following the despicable acid attacks that took place in Wycombe earlier this summer, I wrote to the responsible Minister about the need for tougher sentencing and consideration of the restriction of sales. I was very pleased to receive a response from the Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability. The Minister robustly stated the Government’s position that: there is no place in our society for these sickening attacks. Attacks on people involving acids or other corrosive are a serious matter that can result in huge distress […]

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Driving Lessons on Motorways


The Government has recently announced that learner drivers will be able to have lessons on motorways in a bid to improve road safety. The change in law will be active from 2018 and learners will be allowed on motorways but with an approved driving instructor in a dual control car. I know this issue will be of particular interest to learner drivers here in Wycombe considering the M40 is on our doorstep and is the important arterial route through our […]

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Riding Arriva Buses in High Wycombe


In my recent Letter from Westminster for the Bucks Free Press, I wrote about my forthcoming meeting with representatives from Arriva to discuss their bus services in our area. On Friday 28th July, I had a very useful meeting with Maq Alibhai, Area Managing Director South at Arriva, along with High Wycombe Operations Manager Renata Hale and Aylesbury and Wycombe Engineering Manager Russell Cato. I also took the opportunity to climb aboard one of the company’s new hi-tech buses which is now operating […]

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