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Question to the PM – the time for Project Fear is over


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Yesterday, I had the following exchange with the Prime Minister during the statement on the triggering of Article 50, which began the process of our exit from the European Union: Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con) Since the vote, the economic news has confounded expectations. Economists for Free Trade have told us how WTO rules with the right policies can cut consumer prices and raise GDP, and the Legatum Institute special trade commissioners have given us every reason to believe that […]

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Tomorrow, the Prime Minister will trigger Article 50


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From my daily briefing: Tomorrow, the Prime Minister will trigger Article 50: delivering on the verdict of the British people to leave the European Union. We stand on the threshold of a significant moment for Britain as we begin the negotiations that will lead us towards a new partnership with Europe. The referendum vote last June was about something more than simply leaving the European Union. It was a vote for change: to make Britain stronger and fairer – restoring […]

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Notes on past votes to protect girls from FGM and gender-selection abortion


Today, I met Wycombe High School politics students to answer their questions on a wide range of subjects. I was asked about this vote on Public Whip, which the student had interpreted as being against girl’s interests. It stands as a lesson in how difficult it can be to properly follow events and interpret votes in the House of Commons: I was acting to increase protection for girls. In answering the question without advance notice, I regret I confused two votes. In both cases, […]

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The #Article50 Bill – Will your MP #KeepNotificationSimple?


The #Article50 Bill – Will your MP #KeepNotificationSimple? https://t.co/a2qheJZwfS https://t.co/dsIf2cHs73 — Steve Baker MP (@SteveBakerHW) February 6, 2017

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Vote on second reading of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill


Last night, the House of Commons voted on second reading of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. The result was 498 in favour with 114 against, a majority of 384. Only one Conservative MP voted against the principle of the Bill. A full list by party of how MPs voted may be found here. There were some outstanding speeches in the course of the debate. Former minister and staunch supporter of the European Union Alistair Burt said, after explaining he would […]

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Making Kadcyla available on the NHS


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On 26th January 2017, I attended a back bench business debate in Parliament about the provisional decision not to provide the breast cancer drug Kadcyla for use in the NHS. The debate called for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and pharmaceutical company Roche to re-assess the decision and ensure Kadcyla is kept available for patients. I spoke briefly to represent patients in Wycombe: I congratulate the hon. Member for Mitcham and Morden (Siobhain McDonagh) on securing […]

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ERG: The PM’s anticipated speech on the EU


In advance of an anticipated speech by the Prime Minister on leaving the EU, European Research Group Chair Steve Baker MP and Deputy Chair Michael Tomlinson MP have issued the following statement on behalf of the ERG Officers: Following the Prime Minister’s speech to conference, we are confident the Government is going down entirely the right track. We’ll be delighted when it’s clear we will be taking advantage of the practically unlimited opportunities which will come from leaving the EEA […]

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Written Question about First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum) Hearings


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My casework team and I experience the continual frustration of constituents awaiting a hearing at a First-Tier (Immigration and Asylum) Tribunal. We know waiting for a hearing date causes considerable extra distress in what is an already stressful situation. Of course, to be fair to everyone, MPs cannot expedite particular cases on demand. So, I submitted a parliamentary written question to the Ministry of Justice asking what steps Ministers are taking to reduce delays in securing dates for First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum) Hearings. The Parliamentary […]

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Book Review – All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class, Tim Shipman


In its coverage of the most prominent characters and events of the referendum campaign and leadership contest, Shipman’s account is one of breathtaking completeness and great accuracy. To read All Out War is to relive the final year of the decades-long EU campaign. In all the circumstances, Shipman was right to emphasise the central figures, not least to constrain what is already a book of over 600 pages. However, many of the Parliamentarians who struggled resolutely for decades to achieve […]

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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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