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Modern liberal conservatism

EU rules account for 65% of UK law


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Via Business for Britain: Our research shows that 64.7 per cent of the laws in force in the UK today either originate from the European Union (EU) or are deemed to be EU influenced by the House of Commons Library. […] The percentage of laws originating from the EU is far higher than numbers previously cited by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, but also lower than those quoted by Nigel Farage in last year’s head to head TV debates. The key […]

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Big Lottery Fund awards in Wycombe


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Since September 2014, two projects in Wycombe have been recipients of Big Lottery Fund grants through the ‘Awards for All’ programme. Hazlemere Church of England Combined School and Thames Valley Partnership both received grants of £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund. Hazlemere Church of England Combined School will use the funding to install a shelter, gazebo and activity tower in its grounds, enabling the group to enhance its outdoor play provision for pupils, local residents and community groups. Thames Valley […]

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The choice at the next election in 80 seconds


Via sharethefacts.conservatives.com, “the choice at the next election in 80 seconds”: The election in May is the most important in a generation, and the choice couldn’t be clearer. It’s between the competence of the Conservatives, with a long-term economic plan that is securing a better future for Britain – or the chaos of a weak Labour leader propped up by who-knows-what minor party. You can join Wycombe Conservatives or donate here.

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Creating an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS


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Yesterday, Jeremy Hunt gave a statement on the Government’s response to the Freedom to Speak Up Review of NHS whistle-blowing by Sir Robert Francis. You can find the summary of the Review here. The aim of the Review was “to provide advice and recommendations to ensure that NHS staff in England feel it is safe to raise concerns, confident that they will be listened to and the concerns will be acted upon.” Sir Robert concluded “that there is a culture within many […]

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How departmental spending has changed this Parliament


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ConservativeHome has charted the change in departmental expenditure limits since 2009-10 in a “To The Point” article, How the departments have fared in this Austerity Parliament: Health spending is up. Communities and Local Government has been cut in half. I recommend this good summary article.

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Council Tax set to rise by about 6p per week for policing


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As reported by the Bucks Free Press, the police element of council tax will be rising by 1.99% to protect the frontline. The story does not explain that the rise is about £3.19 per year for a band D property, or about 6p each week. Our Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld is responsible to the public at the ballot box for policing in the Thames Valley. As set out on his website: The job of the PCC is to ensure that the policing […]

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Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques Debate


Yesterday, MPs debated mitochondrial replacement techniques where I made the following speech: I approach this subject with a considerable degree of humility, for two reasons. First, I will never forget meeting a family in my constituency whose child suffers from mitochondrial disease; there was both a haunting sorrow in that family and also the hope that if these regulations are passed they will be able to have a child without this problem. Secondly, I am very aware of my own […]

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£8.8m expansion of Growth Deal boosts local plan for Bucks economy


Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed an expansion to its Growth Deal with the Government, which will see an extra £8.8m invested in Buckinghamshire between 2016 and 2021 – this is in addition to the £44.2m of funding committed by the Government on 7 July 2014. The additional proposed projects include: A programme to provide access to finance to small and medium-sized businesses, so that they can grow and create new jobs; Extending superfast broadband across Buckinghamshire to […]

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The enduring curse of easy answers


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Political radicals are in the news, especially in Greece and now Spain. In the midst of tragic suffering, people are being seduced by the curse of easy answers. State socialism has always aimed at a spectacular improvement in the average person’s standard of living. It is a noble intention which I share. The problem is that the methods chosen by state socialists to achieve their aim cannot succeed. And, tragically, in the course of trying, state socialists have all but […]

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Do we have a moral obligation to be happy for the sake of others?


I woke this morning to an interesting question on Twitter: @gmaxski Thanks: I think that shows how important it is to have something positive to say. A good thought with which to start the day. @gmaxski Thanks: I think that shows how important it is to have something positive to say. A good thought with which to start the day. — Steve Baker MP (@SteveBakerMP) January 30, 2015 It reminded me of this video from Prager University, Why be happy? […]

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