Category Archives: Politics

Modern liberal conservatism

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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Fighting Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking


Recently, my team and I attended a training session on modern slavery provided in Wycombe by Hope For Justice, a charity which aims to bring an end to modern slavery by rescuing victims, restoring lives, and reforming society. I remain truly shocked about the scale of the problem in the UK. Slavery and human trafficking exists in almost every town and city across the UK. I’m appalled that the moral outrage of slavery persists in the UK today, so many years after […]

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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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