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Constituency surgeries and the need for general rules


When I hold a constituency surgery, someone will usually ask me to set aside rules which are producing outcomes that cause them real problems. Thankfully, I can’t do it and I would not want to despite my desire to help. In travelling as a politician, particularly to Pakistan and Equatorial Guinea, I have observed that those places with the worst levels of poverty and injustice lack two strong, functioning institutions of which the UK is rightly proud: Parliamentary democracy and […]

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Theresa May announces a consultation on stop and search


The Home Secretary, Theresa May, yesterday announced Government plans for a six-week public consultation on police powers of stop and search in England and Wales. You can read Mrs May’s statement to the House of Commons in full here.

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Finance Bill Committee coming to an end today


Today is the last day of the committee stage of this year’s Finance Bill. Details of all stages may be found here. I confess I look forward to it being over. I have been on the Committee since 23 April, making a sincere attempt to scrutinise every clause and promote my constituents’ interests. I spoke frequently, often criticising measures for one reason or another. I have certainly learned a great deal of the detail about the state of our country’s […]

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The Prime Minister’s statement on the Woolwich incident


The Prime Minister’s statement on the attack in Woolwich may be found here. He opened his statement: What happened yesterday in Woolwich has sickened us all. On our televisions last night – and in our newspapers this morning – we have all seen images that are deeply shocking. The people who did this were trying to divide us. They should know: something like this will only bring us together and make us stronger. Today our thoughts are with the victim […]

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Seven men charged with a catalogue of sexual offences in Op Ribbon


As the Bucks Free Press has reported, seven Pakistani-British men have been charged with a catalogue of the most serious sexual offences.  They must now face a fair trial so that justice is done. Everyone remains innocent until proven guilty and nothing must be allowed to prejudice just convictions. Let us not forget that, somewhere, protected by a court order, there is a real victim going through recovery. There will be other victims, whether or not related to this case, and […]

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