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EU Referendum message to the electors of Wycombe


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In the EU referendum, the UK voted to leave the European Union. For all the reasons I have set out, recently and over 9 years,  I believe the people of the UK have made the right choice for our country. We must now form a Government willing to implement the dual mandate of the Conservative manifesto and the Referendum result. We know the public took this decision seriously and that many people disagree. After a Remain campaign which relentlessly stoked fear […]

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Reaction to the Wycombe District EU Referendum result


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In the EU referendum, Wycombe District voted 48-52 for Remain. Across Buckinghamshire, every counting area voted the other way to the principal MP in that area: Aylesbury, Chiltern, South Bucks. Obviously, I was disappointed but I was also surprised: when campaigning in the Parliamentary constituency, we found voters were overwhelmingly for Leave. I have now looked at the results in detail for an explanation. First, via the BBC, I see most of the Thames Valley voted Remain, in contrast to most of […]

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UK power in the EU institutions is falling


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The EU has grown from nine to twenty-eight member countries. Having begun as a coal and steel trading bloc, the EU has expanded vastly over the last century. This expansion has meant less representation for UK voters and less accountability for EU officials. Regulations and legislation emanate from the European Commission, which is entirely unelected. The European Parliament has substantially less authority than the Commission: it cannot propose new legislation. While this institution is directly elected, only 73 of 751 of its […]

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The EU did not allow our Government the change we need 


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David Cameron was allowed no meaningful change when he went to Europe to renegotiate Britain’s deal with the EU. This is our opportunity to decide if we want to remain in the EU on the basis of the Lisbon Treaty, which the Conservative Party under David Cameron opposed. The EU has a flag, anthem, parliament, civil service, executive, supreme court, currency and overseas embassies. These are all characteristics of a modern day country. This is our chance to accept or reject […]

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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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Children given chance to vote in community cash election


Children as young as 11 will be able to vote alongside adults in a special election which comes to High Wycombe for the first time next week. Buckinghamshire County Council has set up a ballot entitled ‘High Wycombe Decides’ to allow the public to choose where community cash is spent in the town. The Council, via its High Wycombe Local Area Forum (LAF), has £17,500 to spend locally among eight projects. Residents of High Wycombe and Downley will be able to […]

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The three essential points of a successful EU renegotiation


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Our present relationship with the European Union is untenable. As David Cameron has said, “we need fundamental, far-reaching change”. We are now in a Parliament which will deliver an in/out referendum on our membership after a renegotiation by the Government. The following three points must be achieved if any renegotiation is to be successful: A sovereign Parliament. The elected representatives of the British people must have the freedom and power to determine the law which governs life in the United Kingdom.  Today, EU rules account for […]

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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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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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Amending the Recall of MPs Bill with Zac Goldsmith


The Government’s Recall Bill is before Parliament. I am signed up to all the amendments brought forward by Zac Goldsmith to deliver voter-led recall. As I have long said here, I am in politics to re-establish a working system of Parliamentary democracy. As a minimum, that means an EU referendum plus proper recall. As it stands, the Government’s proposals involve three stages. The trigger for recall would be an MP receiving a custodial sentence, or suspension from the House. Voters in the […]

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