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Parliamentary Question on the Keogh Review


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Recently, I tabled a parliamentary question to ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of progress by the NHS on implementation of the Keogh Review of urgent and emergency care; and if he will make a statement. Jane Ellison MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, responded as follows: On 3 June 2015, NHS England invited expressions of interest from organisations and partnerships across England to become vanguard sites for new […]

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The Royal College of Emergency Medicine Launch Event


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Further to my previous posts, yesterday saw the launch of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine fact sheet with an event hosted in the Palace of Westminster by myself and the RCEM. At the launch event, MPs, local stakeholders and RCEM clinicians were able to discuss their various involvement in and experiences of emergency medicine, and how to improve these services. The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, began by thanking the frontline clinicians as well as the wider […]

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The launch of the RCEM Emergency Care fact sheet


Today, I hosted the launch of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s ‘Accident & Emergency: Essential Facts’. As the Secretary of State said during his speech at the event, the fact sheet produced by RCEM focuses the mind on the challenges facing emergency care today. The year 2014 saw 14.6 million patient attendances to A&E, equating to 30 patients per minute. The RCEM have produced a video summarising the key facts and data around A&Es and Emergency Medicine in the UK: […]

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Facilitating a responsible debate on Emergency Medicine


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Prior to the election I set out my five deliverable commitments on health. I pledged to: Demand an NHS Urgent Care Centre at Wycombe Hospital Continue to champion patients’ interests in Parliament and in Wycombe Ask Buckinghamshire County Council to explore buying out Labour’s expensive privately-financed hospitals across the county Campaign to increase local power over local NHS services Support commissioners to bring top-quality care closer to home Last month, I met with Dr. Clifford Mann, the President of the […]

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The last gasp of an outdated ideology – speech on the EU


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I’ve been asked to publish my speech at the launch of Politeia’s The UK and the EU: what must change? by Bernard Jenkin, Sir William Cash and John Redwood. I did not have a script: this is a close parallel of the main substance of my remarks. In 2007, a British MP visited the Czech Republic to make a speech on the European Union. He said, It is the last gasp of an outdated ideology, a philosophy that has no place in our new […]

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Statement on the formation of an Exploratory Committee for the EU Referendum


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This is the statement issued by the Exploratory Committee for the No Campaign in the EU Referendum: Statement on the formation of an Exploratory Committee for the EU Referendum The following have agreed to form an Exploratory Committee for the EU Referendum: Steve Baker MP Douglas Carswell MP Kate Hoey MP Kelvin Hopkins MP Bernard Jenkin MP Owen Paterson MP Graham Stringer MP The Government is committed to renegotiating the UK’s terms of membership of the EU and to a […]

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Conservatives for Britain feedback to the Electoral Commission on the referendum question


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Conservatives for Britain have sent the following to the Electoral Commission. We are meeting the Commission at the time this post is released. A further 10 members appended their names. Additional members approved the text but did not want to supply their names at this point. Dear Sir/Madam, Conservative Members of Parliament meeting as Conservatives for Britain have instructed me to provide our collective view on the European Union Bill referendum question. We have separately arranged a meeting in Parliament. […]

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Conservatives for Britain speeches on the EU Referendum Bill


The EU Referendum Bill Second Reading debate may be watched again here. Please use the index on the right of that page to jump to individual speeches. It was an historic event. Soon, the British people will have the opportunity to choose between the radical step of European political integration or the moderate choice: a trading and co-operating United Kingdom. Here is a summary of contributions to debate by declared Conservatives for Britain members. Owen Paterson began by reminding the […]

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New measures to support entrepreneurs and job creation


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As the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index repeatedly shows, entrepreneurship and opportunity are the primary keys to overall prosperity. It is because life in society is a creative dynamic process of discovering how best to serve the needs of other people and to adjust to them. If we are to become the most prosperous nation within a generation, we will need to liberate that spirit of innovation, service and commerce which has always served our country so well. I was therefore delighted […]

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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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