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Experiencing an electric motorcycle: the Agility Saietta R


As Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Motorcycling, Motorcycle Action Group recently asked me to experience an electric motorcycle. I was skeptical. Find out how I got on: A review will appear in their magazine shortly. As part of the future of motorcycling, especially in town, electric motorcycles are good news. Related: my article after taking evidence on electric vehicles while I was on the Transport Committee.  

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Power to the People: healthy collectivism through member-owned mutuals


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I began Conservative conference last Monday with a discussion hosted by ResPublica about empowering patients. The background was the report Power to the People – the mutual future of our National Health Service (PDF) produced for health mutual benenden. The report deals with the underlying reasons why the NHS is struggling to cope despite this Government protecting overall health spending and our Party pledging to protect it once again.  Take a look at the Budget Red Book 2014 and you will see (page 61) that the health […]

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Cancer Prevalence in the UK 2010 – 2040


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In the course of reading ResPublica’s report Power to the People: The mutual future of our National Health Service, I found this horrific chart: The section explaining “Why the NHS is on an unsustainable footing” clearly discusses pressures on the NHS from obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, dementia and depression. In addition to the pressure from these chronic conditions which individuals may suffer together, the NHS must cope with the rising cost of medication and surgery and a considerable reduction […]

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A brighter future for Wycombe Hospital


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Today, I am publishing a report I commissioned from   Durrow: A better future for Wycombe Hospital – a proposal for a long term & successful future. In the years since Wycombe was established as a district general hospital, healthcare demands have increased and changed while medical practice has become more specialised. As a consequence, hospitals like ours right across the country have faced a loss of services as care has centralised to preserve quality. Changes to A&E departments have aroused the most anxiety. People need […]

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An important truth about tax: history shows a limit to what people will pay


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Following the Prime Minister’s pledges on tax, the commentators are at work dissecting the implications. The Financial Times in particular is critical. An important fact seems to have been forgotten. The evidence of the past century is that there is a practical limit to how much tax a government can take. During my lifetime, it has not mattered whether governments have been of left or right, whether they have appeared to lower taxes or raise them, about 40% of GDP has been […]

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