Category Archives: Politics

Modern liberal conservatism

New funding to tackle gang violence in High Wycombe is intelligence-led and preventative


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High Wycombe has been selected as one of nine new areas to receive assistance to tackle gang and youth violence. I welcome this intelligence-led preventative work and High Wycombe will benefit from tailored support from experts to better understand the nature of gang-related violence and exploitation, identify opportunities for collaborative working and share effective ways of tackling local challenges. This support falls under the Ending Gangs and Youth Violence Programme which has already helped 43 areas nationally. Whilst I am advised that we […]

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Continued commitment to the protection of children in Bucks


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Buckinghamshire County Council has this week agreed to a number of recommendations set out by the Council’s Children’s Social Care and Learning Select Committee. The report details an inquiry conducted by the Committee into the prevention of child sexual exploitation in Buckinghamshire and contains ten recommendations, nine of which have been given full backing by the Cabinet . The recommendations put forward by the Committee have the potential to be a real step forward in the prevention of this evil […]

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Answers to the key questions on Syria


Online and in the comments on my last article, members of the public are raising legitimate questions which were, I think, answered in last night’s debate. To read the media, one would think we had voted for a general war: we did not. The motion, as I reported, was tightly drafted. The speeches made by the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, and his Labour shadow, Hilary Benn, made the case clearly. Mr Benn’s speech was outstanding: it may be found here by using […]

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Why I am supporting the extension of military action against ISIL/Daesh to Syria


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In a previous article, I said I would decide whether to support the Government in extending military action against ISIL/Daesh into Syria once I had seen the motion. The motion is here and it is as follows (layout and emphasis my own): That this House notes that ISIL poses a direct threat to the United Kingdom; welcomes United Nations Security Council Resolution 2249 which determines that ISIL constitutes an ‘unprecedented threat to international peace and security‘ and calls on states to […]

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Syria: The Prime Minister’s response the Foreign Affairs Select Committee


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Last night on Wycombe Sound, I promised to make available the Prime Minister’s response to the Foreign Affairs Committee’s inquiry on Syria. The inquiry produced the report The extension of offensive British military operations to Syria (PDF). It concluded: In the face of a humanitarian and security catastrophe, there is a powerful sense that something must be done in Syria. We agree that it is a key British national interest to defeat ISIL and we consider this to be a necessary goal for […]

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The attacks on Paris and potential action in Syria


The atrocity in Paris last weekend has horrified people across the globe.  It is clear this barbaric attack has underlined all decent people’s rejection of terror and violence and reaffirmed their commitment to live in an open and free society. It has reinforced everyone’s intolerance of violence and extremism. The freedoms we enjoy were won at great cost and should not be surrendered in cowardice. Our way of life is worth defending. Those of us on the centre right of politics believe […]

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Exploring the risks of EU mis-regulation with Sparks e-cigarettes


The EU Tobacco Products Directive looks set to seriously damage the development of the e-cigarette industry. That is likely to diminish the prospects of helping people quit smoking and lead far healthier lives. Researchers from University College London (UCL) have said that: For every million smokers who switched to an e-cigarette we could expect a reduction of more than 6000 premature deaths in the UK each year, even in the event that e-cigarette use carries a significant risk of fatal diseases, and […]

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Debate on Superfast Broadband


On Monday 12 October, I attended a debate in the Chamber regarding the variations in effectiveness of roll-out of fixed and mobile superfast broadband in different parts of the UK. I was unable to speak during the debate due to it being heavily over-subscribed, with a 4 minute time limit on those who did speak. The Government gave the following reassurances. The Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy (Mr Edward Vaizey): We said that we would deliver superfast broadband to 90% […]

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The Air League Flying Scholarships


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The Air League Trust is offering a number of opportunities in aviation and aerospace to young men and women permanently resident in the UK. The competition for flying scholarships opens online in November 2015 and all other competitions on 1 December 2015. Please find more details in the 2016 scholarship flyer. Please visit www.airleague.co.uk for further details and to download application forms for all competitions.  

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Care Quality Commission – Share your experience


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The Care Quality Commission will be inspecting the NHS 111 services at South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) from the 11-13 November 2015. As part of the inspection, the CQC have invited members of the public to share their experiences. If you have used the NHS 111 service in SCAS coverage area* please could you share your experience of the service with the CQC by using their online ‘Share Your Experience’ form at http://www.cqc.org.uk/share-your-experience-finder or by telephoning 03000 616161. Please include […]

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