Category Archives: Politics

Modern liberal conservatism

TTIP, the NHS, and the Queen’s speech.


This week my conservative colleague Peter Lilley put forth an amendment to the Queen’s speech regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the NHS. The text of the amendment was as follows: At end add ‘but respectfully regret that a Bill to protect the National Health Service from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership was not included in the Gracious Speech.’. I gladly supported this amendment and it had such widespread crossbench support that the Government chose to […]

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Community pharmacies update


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Yesterday there was an adjournment debate on the issue of community pharmacies. With the potential closure of pharmacies in Downley, Marlow and Marlow Bottom, this has been a source of interest for a number of Wycombe residents. During this debate, the Minister for Community and Social Care, Alistair Burt MP, made the following statement: I have seen at first hand the fantastic work that pharmacists are doing from within community pharmacies, such as in healthy living pharmacies and other settings, and […]

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HS2 Update – construction traffic in West Wycombe and access to Stoke Mandeville


Now the HS2 Select Committee process has finished, I wanted to provide a brief update on the project and the parts that affect my constituents. I had previously expressed my concerns to the Committee about the number of construction vehicles that HS2 propose to route along the A4010, A4129 and A40 and the specific impact this will have on West Wycombe High Street and ambulances travelling along the A4010 between Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe General Hospitals. It has been clarified […]

Future of Penn School Site


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This evening, I’ll be joining Penn and Tylers Green Residents Society for their AGM so I am posting below what we know about the future of the Penn School site. The Department for Education have confirmed that the site has been purchased by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to be used to establish a free school. The EFA purchases sites for future free schools where it represents value for money and there is a need for school places in the area. Secondary schools in Wycombe are forecast […]

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Fairer funding for health in Wycombe


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Today, local campaigners will be handing a petition to Downing Street about fairer funding. I am disappointed that constituency engagements in Wycombe and very short notice mean I am unable to join them. I understand the text of the petition is as follows: We ask you [the Chancellor] to ensure that Buckinghamshire not only receives the national average in funds, but we also receive enough public funding so that key services are restored to Wycombe Hospital. I have twice submitted petitions to the […]

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Please get involved with Fostering Fortnight in Bucks


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The Government have announced their intention to resettle child refugees from Europe. This is in addition to the 3,000 vulnerable children and family members to be resettled direct from the Middle East and North Africa, and the 20,000 people being resettled directly from Syrian refugee communities. Those at risk of trafficking or exploitation will be prioritised for resettlement, while existing family reunion routes will be accelerated. This will be separate to any EU-administered resettlement schemes. To avoid incentivising more human trafficking, this resettlement […]

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Debate on the role of churches in society


Recently, my colleague Fiona Bruce MP held a backbench debate on the contribution of faith organisations to the voluntary sector. Fiona opened as follows: Christians possess a rich heritage of social reform and charitable care which is alive today. In the 19th century, William Wilberforce and Lord Shaftesbury led campaigns for the abolition of slavery and child labour. Others, such as Barnardo and William and Catherine Booth, were involved in founding charitable organisations, covering every conceivable form of human need, as […]

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Video – Brexit the Movie


Brexit the Movie, in which I appear, is now available in full and in parts online. Brexit: The Movie lays bare the nature of the European Union – and shows why millions of Brits are voting to leave it. Brexit: The Movie blows apart the pro-EU propaganda, and makes the case for an independent, confident and outward-looking Britain. You can watch Brexit: The Movie as a feature-length film, or topic by topic in bite-sized, shareable sections. Spread it across Facebook, Twitter, and promote it in your area – […]

A Parliamentary Question on wage increases following Brexit


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Yesterday, I asked the Immigration Minister a Parliamentary Question on the positive effect that Brexit would have on wages: Steve: The Government’s case rests on ignoring the arguments set out by my right hon. Friend the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions earlier this week, particularly in relation to people shuttling to and fro for a few months at a time. That is a problem that the Minister’s case would ignore by looking at the passenger service. If he will […]

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Video: Vote Leave, Take Control and spend our money on our priorities, like the NHS


As I said on Twitter, just half a day’s net EU contribution would cover this year’s deficit at Bucks NHS Trust. That’s one reason why the safer choice on 23 June is to Vote Leave, so we can spend our money on our priorities. Via Vote Leave:

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