Category Archives: Politics

Modern liberal conservatism

NHS Long Term Plan


I was pleased to see the Government outline the NHS Long Term Plan, an historic moment for patients in Wycombe and across the country, which will protect the health service now and for generations to come, ensuring the NHS is always there for you and your family. Thanks to the Government’s investment of £20.5 billion a year in real terms by 2023-24, the Long Term Plan will transform patient care and seek to ensure every penny of taxpayer’s money is […]

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Conservative achievements in 2018


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In 2018, Conservatives in government cut taxes, invested in our public services and continued to back working people. We have done this by: 1. Setting out how we will provide an extra £20.5 billion for the NHS by 2023-24 as part of our long- term plan for the NHS. We are providing £394 million extra a week for the NHS as part of a historic five-year budget settlement. This is an average real terms increase of 3.4 per cent a […]

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My position on the Prime Minister’s EU exit deal


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Thank you to everyone who has written to me about the Prime Minister’s proposed Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future relationship of the UK with the EU. I have received a wide range of correspondence, covering the full spectrum of opinion from remaining in the EU after all, whether with or without a further referendum, through accepting the Prime Minister’s deal to leaving without a Withdrawal Agreement and trading on WTO terms.  I remain convinced that only two […]

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Changes to Local Government in Buckinghamshire


At last, we have a decision by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on local government reorganisation: Buckinghamshire will have one single unitary authority. You can read the Secretary of State’s decision here. All the Councils in Buckinghamshire agreed the current system of county and district councils could not go on. My first concern is to ensure the people of Wycombe receive the best quality service from local government, responding to local concerns and with local accountability […]

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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 […]

It’s Imperative We Help Those Families Most In Need


Today, I have released a video explaining why the County Council is right to change the way it supports families with identified needs. I want to make sure families in need get the right help when they need it most.  Unfortunately, statistics show that too often those who need help do not get it. Our County Council spends approximately £10m a year on its Early Help Services, which support families experiencing difficulties, addressing problems such as parenting, school attendance, budgeting, […]

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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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More and fairer affordable and social housing is coming to Wycombe through Red Kite


Community housing is a vital asset to people in Wycombe. I am pleased that since 2010 this Government has delivered over 357,000 affordable homes, including more than 257,000 for rent. More than three times as much council housing has been built since 2010 than in the previous 13 years. However, local people need more homes for affordable rent and purchase. I recently visited Red Kite Community Housing in High Wycombe to find out how they are reinventing themselves better to […]

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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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