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Modern liberal conservatism

Electoral Commission recommends changes to EU referendum question supported by Conservatives for Britain


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Yesterday, the Electoral Commission recommended a change to the question to be put to voters in the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU. The Government is accepting the change. Via the BBC: The Electoral Commission said the wording proposed by ministers – “should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?” – could be perceived as biased to the status quo. It has proposed adding the words “or leave the European Union?” The government has said it will […]

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Central banks: the problem or the solution? The Jackson Hole Summit this weekend


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In my maiden speech in the Commons, I explained how central banks and easy money produce the economic dislocations which result in the business cycle. As the economics posts on this site attest, I have consistently defended the view that our economic difficulties are rooted in the chronically inflationary system of fiat money with which society has been saddled since the end of the Bretton Woods agreement in 1971. I’m glad employment, GDP growth and other indicators are positive but […]

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Briefing: Understanding the EU


The European Union in all its complexities and controversies is often not well understood. I am therefore publishing today a briefing: Understanding the European Union (PDF). The development of the European Union (EU) is defined by the principle of ever-greater integration expressed in the relevant treaties, notably in the preamble about ‘ever closer union’. That is, the goal is continual integration among the nations of Europe until economic, monetary, fiscal and political union has been achieved. The Lisbon Treaty defines the EU, […]

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CQC inspection of End of Life Care at Wycombe Hospital


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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) recently released its report on End of Life Care at Wycombe Hospital. There has been improvement since the last inspection in two of the five areas identified. Overall, the CQC rated Wycombe’s End of Life Care as Requires Improvement which is the same rating it gave it in March 2014. Thankfully, the hospital is rated Good for caring, which I see reflected in the report. The reasons given for an overall Requires Improvement for end of life care […]

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Letter to Immigration Minister


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I have recently become aware that there are increasing delays with the Tribunal service when ruling on constituent immigration cases and communicating decisions. In order to address this issue, I have written to the Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire MP. I have highlighted a number of concerns held by constituents, specifically regarding the timing of hearings and the lack of communication. I have asked the Minister to clarify what steps are being taken to ensure a more efficient, timely process whilst maintaining […]

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The NHS in this Parliament


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Last year, the NHS saw and treated more people within the four hour A&E target than any other country. The NHS was heralded as the best healthcare system in the world according to experts at the Commonwealth Fund, ahead of France, Germany, the United States and Australia. Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt has echoed the Prime Minister in setting out a clear direction for the NHS in this Parliament, to deliver a truly 7-day health service. With complete consultant […]

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Joining a Healthwatch Bucks Dignity in Care ‘Enter and View’ Project


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In 2014, Bucks County Council commissioned Healthwatch Bucks to undertake a review of health and social care provision in residential homes and domiciliary care across Bucks. Since then, Healthwatch Bucks has been using its statutory powers to ‘Enter and View’ health and care providers and independently monitor the quality and effectiveness of care being provided. The goals of enter and view are to: Give service users and their carers a voice, sharing these with Commissioners and care providers Make recommendations on areas […]

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Penn School – update from Bucks County Council


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This morning, I have had confirmation from Bucks County Council it is actively working with parents to find places at new schools for current Penn School students. The Council has been in touch with the special education needs and disability team at the Department for Education and the Department has endorsed the actions the Council is taking. Fifteen children from Bucks are affected by the closure, eight of whom live in the Wycombe constituency. A number have already been found new places […]

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Further Penn School update


I have recently been in contact with the County Council Cabinet Member for Education & Skills, Councillor Zahir Mohammed, and the office of the Secretary of State for Education to see what might be done for Penn School. Councillor Zahir has been working closely with officials, meeting parents on Monday. I have also pored over the School’s inspection reports. I know the situation is causing substantial anxiety and it is clear why. At the inspection of 8-9 May 2013, the school […]

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Hunting with hounds


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It is necessary to control both badgers and foxes in the interests of protecting farm livestock of one kind or another. My position on the badger cull remains as it was before the election: the issues at stake are primarily scientific but the science is disputed. I have therefore decided to support my colleagues in government. I have received correspondence this week asking me to either assert, clarify or reconsider my view in relation to the proposed changes to the Hunting Act. […]

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