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Modern liberal conservatism

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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Penn School update


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Penn School is an independent school in Wycombe constituency which specialises in the education of young people with communication difficulties associated with speech, language, hearing impairment and autistic spectrum conditions. The School has been placed into administration. The situation is thoroughly unsatisfactory for all involved. Parents in particular are bound to be highly anxious about the future. The School was established in 2001, after the previous owners decided to reorganise its special education provision.  The property and other financial assets were invested in the […]

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A Parliamentary question on the NHS Five Year Forward View


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Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity in the House to ask The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Ben Gummer, a parliamentary question. Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): Wycombe hospital could benefit from one of the excellent models in the “Five Year Forward View”. Will my hon. Friend make sure these excellent proposals are carried through with energy and alacrity? Ben Gummer: The strength of the NHS forward view is that it is a creation of the NHS itself, and we, as the only […]

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Conservatives for Britain reaction to the Greek referendum result


At the time of writing, with over 57% of the Greek referendum result known, it appears the result is 61% no and 39% yes. Today’s dramatic result is a wake-up call for the failed EU Establishment. Even the most vulnerable small nation will not be bullied by supranational authorities. The result reflects the politics of neither left nor right but the democratic rejection of an imposed solution to the country’s problems. Whatever we may think of the politics and economics […]

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Problems with Transport to Hospital – Healthwatch Bucks Transport Report


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Healthwatch Bucks recently published a report which identifies that local people are still finding it difficult to access hospital services. The report attributes these difficulties to both gaps in transport services and a lack of awareness of transport options. For many residents in Bucks, the stress, anxiety and cost associated with getting to their appointments has become a major issue. This is a problem I have highlighted previously, when I caught the Arriva bus to Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 2012 […]

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EU published plans for ‘independent media councils’ to monitor media across the EU with powers to remove journalistic status


It has recently been brought to my attention that in 2013, the little known ‘High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism” published a report calling for new regulatory bodies to provide oversight of journalists and publishers across Europe to ensure they act responsibly. The report stated that “Such bodies would have competences to investigate complaints [and] should have real enforcement powers, such as the imposition of fines, orders for printed or broadcast apologies, or removal of journalistic status.” The […]

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Co-operatives – good for Britain


Co-operatives give people control over the products and services that matter to them. From fan-owned football clubs to farmer-controlled producers, there are nearly 7,000 independent co-operatives across UK. Since the Rochdale Pioneers opened their Toad Lane store in 1844, the co-operative movement has grown to a network of over 3 million individual members in the UK. Cooperatives boost innovation, productivity and entrepreneurship and contribute £37 billion to the British economy. In Wycombe, Cressex Community School became the first state-maintained Trust schools […]

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Parliamentary Question on the Keogh Review


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Recently, I tabled a parliamentary question to ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of progress by the NHS on implementation of the Keogh Review of urgent and emergency care; and if he will make a statement. Jane Ellison MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, responded as follows: On 3 June 2015, NHS England invited expressions of interest from organisations and partnerships across England to become vanguard sites for new […]

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