Category Archives: Politics

Modern liberal conservatism

Investigating the benefits system


I deal with a large amount of benefit-related casework in the Wycombe constituency office and I always hope that benefits are swiftly and accurately paid to avoid people taking on debt. With the introduction of Universal Credit, I have taken the opportunity to write to the Minister to raise particular points about the system on behalf of my constituents, namely: Accurate calculations of Universal Credit Whether Universal Credit can be paid immediately after the assessment Personal Budgeting Support The use of […]

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Stroke service maintains ‘A’ Grade after expansion


I was very pleased today to read that the Stroke Unit at Wycombe Hospital has been awarded an A rating by the Royal College of Physicians following its most recent inspection. The Stroke Unit at Wycombe Hospital offers treatment and support for more than 1,300 actual and suspected stroke patients every year. Every quarter the Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) team assesses and scores the performance of all aspects of stroke services in every acute hospital in England, Wales and Northern […]

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Accountable Care Systems


Today I would like to join leaders across the health and social care system in Buckinghamshire in welcoming yesterday’s announcement from NHS England that Buckinghamshire will be part of the first wave of Accountable Care Systems being created around the country to deliver improvements to local health care. The system is designed to end the ‘fractured’ health and social care system that leaves too many patients passed from ‘pillar to post’. Local leaders, health experts and communities will have more […]

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Seeking better broadband for Wycombe


During the election campaign, I received correspondence from a number of constituents in reference to the quality of broadband around the local area, including from residents in Piddington. A good broadband service is essential for running businesses so I understand the lack of connectivity is frustrating. High Wycombe has a proud manufacturing heritage and needs to attract a range of businesses to remain a competitive industrial centre near to London. Buckinghamshire and Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have previously informed […]

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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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Just 11 days after the election, EU negotiations start: who do you want negotiating?


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Just 11 days after the General Election, the EU will start Brexit negotiations with the UK. These negotiations will determine our place in the world and the basis of our prosperity for generations to come. Theresa May is ready to lead our country through the Brexit negotiations. Jeremy Corbyn is not – he isn’t up to the job. We need to enter negotiations with our European partners with strong and stable leadership under Theresa May – not a weak government under the […]

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