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The Government is making good progress for Calais Child Refugees


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On 26 October, the French Government announced that the Calais Jungle had been cleared. The migrants who had previously been living at the camp have been entered into the French immigration and asylum system. Questions have been asked in recent days about the fate of unaccompanied children living in Calais. There has been a statement in the Commons by the Home Secretary. The question of the plight of child refugees and migrants in Calais properly arouses strong views. Our hearts […]

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Homelessness Reduction Bill Second Reading


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During the second reading of Bob Blackman’s Homelessness Reduction Bill in Parliament on the 28th October, I asked Mr. Blackman the following question: I’m here to support my Honourable friend in his excellent Bill today. I just observe that London boroughs seeking temporary accommodation is a factor which considerably disrupts the housing in Wycombe for my constituency. Will he agree with me that we need much more affordable homes both to buy and to rent everywhere, and especially in London. […]

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David Cameron on our plans to take the family home out of Inheritance Tax


Via Share the Facts, David Cameron explains our plans to take the family home out of Inheritance Tax: And also via Share the Facts, the detail: Many families who have worked hard, saved and put money into their home are caught by Inheritance Tax – a tax that should only be paid by the rich. It should not be paid by people who want to pass on the family home to their children. So we are announcing that the next Conservative government […]

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A home of your own – Conservatives: securing a better future


Tonight is the John Hampden Grammar School Question Time which kicks off the election campaign in Wycombe. More here. In preparation for the event, I’m publishing a series of videos which set out how Conservatives are securing a better future for our country.

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Westminster Hall debate on public consent for local plans


Yesterday in Parliament, I led a Westminster Hall debate on the issue of public consent for local plans. I introduced my remarks as follows, I begin by outlining two key problems. First, land for development is extremely scarce in Wycombe, and there is real public anger at the prospect of building on all of High Wycombe’s reserve sites, which would further burden the inadequate infrastructure, especially our roads. Secondly, there is an obvious, acute need for more homes, especially those […]

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House price inflation and the madness of monetary socialism


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Via House price inflation should be capped at 5pc, RICS says – Telegraph, House prices should be prevented from rising by more than 5pc a year to stop another bubble destabilising the economy, a top property institute has urged. For comparison, the UK inflation target is 2%. The RICS story is here. With excessive price growth and high mortgage lending having led to a vulnerable banking sector, specific policy on limiting growth is needed. Such a policy could be implemented […]

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Protected: The bureaucratisation of elder care


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Housing: the mess we are in. Three articles from the FT today.


“MPs urge scrapping of tax on empty property”: Gordon Brown is coming under pressure from his own backbenchers to scrap a tax on empty property, which is blamed for the demolition of buildings that developers cannot sell. read more | digg story “Rents hit by surge in supply of homes”: Residential rents fell for the first time since April 2003 in the three months to October as the supply of properties to let surged, according to the latest survey from […]

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Government paid charity to produce eco-town ‘fact’ leaflets


Gordon Brown’s eco-towns scheme was embroiled in new controversy last night as a housing charity admitted it had been paid to produce information leaflets setting out the Government’s case. read more | digg story

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Why people loathe new housing developments


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This week’s Economist includes an article discussing the tension between people wanting to live in large houses with gardens, agreeing that more should be built, and people’s desire that these should be built far away. The housing at what was Royal Air Force Wroughton illustrates this tension and the unpleasant conseqences of planning rules. I stopped by to take these photos this morning.

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