Category Archives: Politics

Modern liberal conservatism

The NHS and privatisation – shocking electoral politics


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A recent campaign asked me to clarify my position on the NHS and privatisation. This is an area where the worst electoral politics are hard at work. The NHS is an emotive subject so scaremongering about privatisation is especially wrong. I have recently spoken to Wycombe 38 Degrees about this issue, on camera. In a report critical of the Government, The King’s Fund writes, “claims of mass privatisation were and are exaggerated” and “NHS providers continue to deliver the vast majority of care to NHS patients, […]

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership


Recent campaigns set out concerns regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), particularly with regard to privatisation of the NHS and public services. This is another area where there are two questions: Should Parliament be able to determine policy in this area? What should that policy be? Because we are members of the European Union which is, amongst other things, a customs union, the Common Commercial Policy remains an exclusive EU competence as set out in the Lisbon Treaty. […]

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Recent HMRC evidence on tax avoidance and evasion busts another myth


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A recent email campaign sought to suggest that this Government has been soft on tax avoidance and evasion. It is not true. As the responsible minister, David Gauke, has set out: HMRC has secured more than £85 billion in compliance yield since the beginning of the Parliament, £31 billion from large businesses and £850 million from high-net-worth individuals. The Government introduced the UK’s first general anti-abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance arrangements. The Finance Act 2014 introduced measures to ensure […]

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Promoting a flourishing debate on campaign issues


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Over the previous five years in Parliament, I have been in close and continuous correspondence with the electors of Wycombe whether by phone, email, social media or in person, no matter their voting intentions. I want to continue having the fullest discussion possible to promote the most vibrant democratic process. Mass email campaigns are today a substantial part of that process. On most issues, the majority of electors express no opinion but I often receive tens or hundreds of identical or near […]

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Update on Buckinghamshire Children’s Services improvement plan


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Buckinghamshire County Council have today published the following: Buckinghamshire’s Children’s Services do not need any further Government intervention, the County Council is capable of leading its own improvement programme, and an independent person is to be appointed to replace the Chief Executive as chair of the Children’s Services Improvement Board. These are the conclusions of the Department for Education, as they publish a finalised report prepared by Red Quadrant, the independent Government-appointed consultants providing challenge, improvement advice and support to the County Council […]

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The choice at this election – Conservatives: securing a better future


Tonight is the John Hampden Grammar School Question Time which kicks off the election campaign in Wycombe. More here. In preparation for the event, I’m publishing a series of videos which set out how Conservatives are securing a better future for our country.

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A home of your own – Conservatives: securing a better future


Tonight is the John Hampden Grammar School Question Time which kicks off the election campaign in Wycombe. More here. In preparation for the event, I’m publishing a series of videos which set out how Conservatives are securing a better future for our country.

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Security in retirement – Conservatives: securing a better future


Tonight is the John Hampden Grammar School Question Time which kicks off the election campaign in Wycombe. More here. In preparation for the event, I’m publishing a series of videos which set out how Conservatives are securing a better future for our country.

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Cutting crime – Conservatives: securing a better future


Tonight is the John Hampden Grammar School Question Time which kicks off the election campaign in Wycombe. More here. In preparation for the event, I’m publishing a series of videos which set out how Conservatives are securing a better future for our country.

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The best start in life – Conservatives: securing a better future


Tonight is the John Hampden Grammar School Question Time which kicks off the election campaign in Wycombe. More here. In preparation for the event, I’m publishing a series of videos which set out how Conservatives are securing a better future for our country.

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