Category Archives: Politics

Modern liberal conservatism

Penn School, Wycombe: update on administration


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I am taking a close interest in the Penn School site and its future. Both the provision of education and the use of land are of the first importance in Wycombe. The administration of the failed Rayners Special Education Trust and the future use of the school site are matters of public interest. While I have no direct authority over either, I remain in correspondence with relevant bodies in the hope of ensuring a swift and satisfactory conclusion. Deloitte are the administrators: they […]

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Coming soon: Bank of Dave – watch my interview with Dave Fishwick


On 1 February, I caught up with Dave Fishwick, star of Channel 4’s fantastic series Bank of Dave: Convinced that he can do a better job than the high street banks, Dave Fishwick sets up his own small bank and endeavours to make it profitable – in just 180 days Episodes are here. In this interview, you can learn how Burnley Savings and Loans is making progress towards becoming a proper bank by the end of the year, while preserving […]

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Notes on past votes to protect girls from FGM and gender-selection abortion


Today, I met Wycombe High School politics students to answer their questions on a wide range of subjects. I was asked about this vote on Public Whip, which the student had interpreted as being against girl’s interests. It stands as a lesson in how difficult it can be to properly follow events and interpret votes in the House of Commons: I was acting to increase protection for girls. In answering the question without advance notice, I regret I confused two votes. In both cases, […]

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A Parliamentary Question about the NHS and Small Businesses


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During Department of Health questions on 7th February 2017, I raised a question with the Department of Health about NHS providers making slow payments to small businesses. This question arose from casework that I have been working on in Wycombe. Steve Baker MP: A small business in my constituency was driven out of business by slow payments for relatively small sums by NHS providers. Will he ensure strict compliance with the guidelines for timely payments? Philip Dunne MP (Minister of State Department of […]

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The #Article50 Bill – Will your MP #KeepNotificationSimple?


The #Article50 Bill – Will your MP #KeepNotificationSimple? https://t.co/a2qheJZwfS https://t.co/dsIf2cHs73 — Steve Baker MP (@SteveBakerHW) February 6, 2017

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Vote on second reading of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill


Last night, the House of Commons voted on second reading of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. The result was 498 in favour with 114 against, a majority of 384. Only one Conservative MP voted against the principle of the Bill. A full list by party of how MPs voted may be found here. There were some outstanding speeches in the course of the debate. Former minister and staunch supporter of the European Union Alistair Burt said, after explaining he would […]

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Making Kadcyla available on the NHS


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On 26th January 2017, I attended a back bench business debate in Parliament about the provisional decision not to provide the breast cancer drug Kadcyla for use in the NHS. The debate called for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and pharmaceutical company Roche to re-assess the decision and ensure Kadcyla is kept available for patients. I spoke briefly to represent patients in Wycombe: I congratulate the hon. Member for Mitcham and Morden (Siobhain McDonagh) on securing […]

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Parliamentary question about Business Rates retention


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On 16th January 2017, I raised the important issue of business rates with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government during Communities and Local Government questions in the Chamber: Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): What progress he has made on enabling local authorities to retain 100% of business rates.   The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Sajid Javid): Councils have long campaigned for 100% business rate retention. Last week, we introduced the Local Government Finance Bill, which […]

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ERG: The PM’s anticipated speech on the EU


In advance of an anticipated speech by the Prime Minister on leaving the EU, European Research Group Chair Steve Baker MP and Deputy Chair Michael Tomlinson MP have issued the following statement on behalf of the ERG Officers: Following the Prime Minister’s speech to conference, we are confident the Government is going down entirely the right track. We’ll be delighted when it’s clear we will be taking advantage of the practically unlimited opportunities which will come from leaving the EEA […]

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Written Question about First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum) Hearings


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My casework team and I experience the continual frustration of constituents awaiting a hearing at a First-Tier (Immigration and Asylum) Tribunal. We know waiting for a hearing date causes considerable extra distress in what is an already stressful situation. Of course, to be fair to everyone, MPs cannot expedite particular cases on demand. So, I submitted a parliamentary written question to the Ministry of Justice asking what steps Ministers are taking to reduce delays in securing dates for First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum) Hearings. The Parliamentary […]

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