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General Election 2015 – only by voting Conservative can you secure our country’s future


The country has been through tough times in recent years. Now we must build on the Government’s successes so the benefits of full employment, rewarding work and living within our means can be felt by everyone. I want lower taxes and improved public services which protect the vulnerable and answer to you. I will campaign to deliver world-class healthcare at Wycombe Hospital with the peace of mind of an NHS Urgent Care Centre. Parliament should be sovereign in British matters. […]

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Labour weakness and the SNP: the Conservative campaign should emphasise the Labour backbenches


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Via Share the Facts, Nicola Sturgeon’s demands to make Ed Miliband Prime Minister are summarised: Last night, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed what we already knew: she’s offering to help make Ed Miliband Prime Minister. The SNP’s list of demands to prop up a weak Labour leader is getting longer – and hardworking taxpayers would pay the price. The prospect of a Labour/SNP coalition is exceptionally concerning: it would leave our country disarmed, vulnerable economically and liable to break apart, amongst other things. I […]

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership


Recent campaigns set out concerns regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), particularly with regard to privatisation of the NHS and public services. This is another area where there are two questions: Should Parliament be able to determine policy in this area? What should that policy be? Because we are members of the European Union which is, amongst other things, a customs union, the Common Commercial Policy remains an exclusive EU competence as set out in the Lisbon Treaty. […]

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Recent HMRC evidence on tax avoidance and evasion busts another myth


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A recent email campaign sought to suggest that this Government has been soft on tax avoidance and evasion. It is not true. As the responsible minister, David Gauke, has set out: HMRC has secured more than £85 billion in compliance yield since the beginning of the Parliament, £31 billion from large businesses and £850 million from high-net-worth individuals. The Government introduced the UK’s first general anti-abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance arrangements. The Finance Act 2014 introduced measures to ensure […]

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EU rules account for 65% of UK law


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Via Business for Britain: Our research shows that 64.7 per cent of the laws in force in the UK today either originate from the European Union (EU) or are deemed to be EU influenced by the House of Commons Library. […] The percentage of laws originating from the EU is far higher than numbers previously cited by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, but also lower than those quoted by Nigel Farage in last year’s head to head TV debates. The key […]

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Creating an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS


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Yesterday, Jeremy Hunt gave a statement on the Government’s response to the Freedom to Speak Up Review of NHS whistle-blowing by Sir Robert Francis. You can find the summary of the Review here. The aim of the Review was “to provide advice and recommendations to ensure that NHS staff in England feel it is safe to raise concerns, confident that they will be listened to and the concerns will be acted upon.” Sir Robert concluded “that there is a culture within many […]

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How departmental spending has changed this Parliament


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ConservativeHome has charted the change in departmental expenditure limits since 2009-10 in a “To The Point” article, How the departments have fared in this Austerity Parliament: Health spending is up. Communities and Local Government has been cut in half. I recommend this good summary article.

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Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques Debate


Yesterday, MPs debated mitochondrial replacement techniques where I made the following speech: I approach this subject with a considerable degree of humility, for two reasons. First, I will never forget meeting a family in my constituency whose child suffers from mitochondrial disease; there was both a haunting sorrow in that family and also the hope that if these regulations are passed they will be able to have a child without this problem. Secondly, I am very aware of my own […]

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Contributions in the Commons since Christmas


Via Hansard by MP, my contributions since Christmas in the Commons chamber over a range of subjects: 13 January 2015 Charter for Budget Responsibility Grammar School Funding [Westminster Hall] Topical Questions (Health – urgent care) 12 January 2015 Topical Questions (Defence – nuclear deterrent) 5 January 2015 Regionalising Police Forces Contributions in the Treasury Select Committee are available separately. On health, a helpful direction of travel is emerging which I indicated in my topical question: Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): As it […]

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Supporting Sir Bill Cash’s UK Sovereignty and Jurisdiction over Borders Bill


On 3 December, my colleague Sir Bill Cash MP, presented his United Kingdom Parliament (Sovereignty and Jurisdiction over Borders) Bill to the House of Commons. I am a supporter. The Bill aims to give supreme sovereignty to the British Parliament in relation to the UK’s membership of the European Union, including matters in respect of borders and immigration. While the United Kingdom remains a part of the European Union, the Government is unable to choose its own border controls. That is one […]

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