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Modern liberal conservatism

A Parliamentary Question on farming


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Yesterday, I asked the Farming Minister a Parliamentary Question related to the effect that EU regulation has on productivity on the British agricultural industry: Steve Baker: What assessment she has made of the potential contribution of data and technology to increasing the productivity and competitiveness of British farming.  The Minister of State for Farming (George Eustice MP): Data and technology have a central role to play in increasing the productivity and competitiveness of British farming. Last October, I launched the […]

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UK to resettle unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from Europe


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The Prime Minister announced at Prime Minister’s Questions this week that the UK will resettle unaccompanied asylum seeking children from Europe. The Government’s focus remains on supporting countries most affected by the continuing migration crisis in the Middle East and North Africa where they think the UK can make the biggest difference and to provide resettlement to those most in need of support in the region. The Government has reflected on what more the UK can do to support children at risk of exploitation. The Government […]

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Academies enhance self-government: why not go co-operative?


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I am grateful to everyone who wrote to me over the Government’s potential plans to complete the process of turning all schools into academies by, at the end, forcing schools which do not choose for themselves to convert. Academies are one of the few things Labour got right, blazing the trail for high educational attainment since they were established in 2002. Claims made by those on the left that academisation means privatization are bizarre: these remain state schools. Since 2010, there […]

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A Parliamentary Question on immigration


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Yesterday, I asked the Immigration Minister a Parliamentary Question on the future of migration policy in the European Union: Steve: Through their recent renegotiation the Government have demonstrated that an axiom of our EU membership is our common European citizenship, which implies the common treatment of people right across the EU. Will the Minister not concede that if the public vote to remain in the EU, he will not long be able to resist pressure in the Council of Ministers […]

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Let’s spend our money on our priorities, like the NHS in Wycombe


A bill of £350 million every week for EU membership.  You may have seen this figure often in recent weeks. At a highly conservative estimate, it works out as a net contribution of £8.5 billion a year spent on the EU’s priorities. That’s a net contribution of £23 million every day of the year. Where is this money going? It helps the EU indoctrinate children (£500 million), subsidise three empty airports in Poland (£80 million) and transport 1000 officials from Belgium to France and back (£130 […]

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Relocation of children from Europe


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Following Monday’s consideration of Lords amendments to the Immigration Bill, there has been a furious backlash challenging the humanity and, where relevant, faith of those of us who supported the Government. Parliament is sometimes required to make exceptionally difficult decisions in complex circumstances of mass suffering to which political power is a poor solution. Such decisions are always politicised. Typically, motives and character are condemned before an explanation is sought for an unwelcome decision. Lord Dubs had successfully moved a new clause which would require the Home Secretary, […]

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A Parliamentary Question on the Immigration Bill


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Last night, I was able to ask the Minister of State for the Home Office a Parliamentary Question during a debate on the Immigration Bill and the settling of migrants from conflict zones: Steve Baker: Share this contribution A few minutes ago, my right hon. Friend mentioned the actions of our European partners. Can he give the House an indication of how this Government’s actions compare with those of our European neighbours? Minister for Immigration (James Brokenshire): Share this contribution […]

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A Parliamentary Question on BHS


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Yesterday, I asked the Minister of State for Business, Skills and Innovation a question in the House following the unfortunate news that British Home Stores is likely to go into administration: Steve Baker: The market economy on which our civilisation rests is dangerously undermined when the privatisation of vast profits is swiftly followed by the projection of similarly vast losses on to other people, whether they be taxpayers or pensioners. Since corporations are creatures of the state, will my right hon. Friend […]

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Junior doctors’ strikes reveal the fragility of patient-doctor relationships


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Today and tomorrow, junior doctors in our NHS are on strike. This action neglects taxpayers who expect world-class treatment around the clock, every day. Unlike previous occasions, this strike includes emergency services in hospitals across the UK. It is the BMA’s right to call this action, as a trade union representing those who work tirelessly to keep us healthy. The strike nevertheless rejects the fundamental principle that doctors are there to care for patients. Negotiations between the Government and the BMA led to agreement […]

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Articles on the EU in the Sunday Telegraph and Telegraph


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The Telegraph kindly carried articles from me on the launch of Conservatives for Britain last June and shortly before Christmas. I include links below; my articles on the EU stretching back to 2007 may be found here. The launch article was Conservatives will stand up for Britain if the EU lets us down, published on the evening of 6 June 2015: Our duty to the citizens of Europe is to ensure prosperity and continued peace. We must remain free to trade with Europe. […]

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