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TTIP, the NHS, and the Queen’s speech.


This week my conservative colleague Peter Lilley put forth an amendment to the Queen’s speech regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the NHS. The text of the amendment was as follows: At end add ‘but respectfully regret that a Bill to protect the National Health Service from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership was not included in the Gracious Speech.’. I gladly supported this amendment and it had such widespread crossbench support that the Government chose to […]

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A Parliamentary Question on wage increases following Brexit


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Yesterday, I asked the Immigration Minister a Parliamentary Question on the positive effect that Brexit would have on wages: Steve: The Government’s case rests on ignoring the arguments set out by my right hon. Friend the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions earlier this week, particularly in relation to people shuttling to and fro for a few months at a time. That is a problem that the Minister’s case would ignore by looking at the passenger service. If he will […]

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Video: Vote Leave, Take Control and spend our money on our priorities, like the NHS


As I said on Twitter, just half a day’s net EU contribution would cover this year’s deficit at Bucks NHS Trust. That’s one reason why the safer choice on 23 June is to Vote Leave, so we can spend our money on our priorities. Via Vote Leave:

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A Parliamentary Question on farming


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Yesterday, I asked the Farming Minister a Parliamentary Question related to the effect that EU regulation has on productivity on the British agricultural industry: Steve Baker: What assessment she has made of the potential contribution of data and technology to increasing the productivity and competitiveness of British farming.  The Minister of State for Farming (George Eustice MP): Data and technology have a central role to play in increasing the productivity and competitiveness of British farming. Last October, I launched the […]

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A Parliamentary Question on immigration


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Yesterday, I asked the Immigration Minister a Parliamentary Question on the future of migration policy in the European Union: Steve: Through their recent renegotiation the Government have demonstrated that an axiom of our EU membership is our common European citizenship, which implies the common treatment of people right across the EU. Will the Minister not concede that if the public vote to remain in the EU, he will not long be able to resist pressure in the Council of Ministers […]

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Let’s spend our money on our priorities, like the NHS in Wycombe


A bill of £350 million every week for EU membership.  You may have seen this figure often in recent weeks. At a highly conservative estimate, it works out as a net contribution of £8.5 billion a year spent on the EU’s priorities. That’s a net contribution of £23 million every day of the year. Where is this money going? It helps the EU indoctrinate children (£500 million), subsidise three empty airports in Poland (£80 million) and transport 1000 officials from Belgium to France and back (£130 […]

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Articles on the EU in the Sunday Telegraph and Telegraph


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The Telegraph kindly carried articles from me on the launch of Conservatives for Britain last June and shortly before Christmas. I include links below; my articles on the EU stretching back to 2007 may be found here. The launch article was Conservatives will stand up for Britain if the EU lets us down, published on the evening of 6 June 2015: Our duty to the citizens of Europe is to ensure prosperity and continued peace. We must remain free to trade with Europe. […]

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Reaction to Mr Kerry’s intervention in the EU debate on behalf of the USA


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The Independent reports my reaction to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s intervention in the EU debate: Responding to Mr Kerry’s remarks at the Munich annual security conference the Conservative MP Steve Baker said to the Independent: “I refer Mr Kerry to the US Declaration of Independence. We will do peacefully at the ballot box that for which his nation fought a bloody war of insurrection. “If the USA must express a view on the UK’s right to the separate […]

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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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Government commits to fight to end ‘tampon tax’


Yesterday, the House of Commons debated Finance Bill New Clause 7, an amendment to force a negotiation with the EU for a reduction in the 5% VAT rate on sanitary items.  The Hansard record of this debate is available here. VAT on tampons and other sanitary products should be zero and it was clear that this was the will of the House of Commons. However, EU VAT rules prevent Parliament from eliminating VAT on these products: the cross-party will of […]

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