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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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This is a government for working people


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The Conservative Cabinet will meet for the first time today. The Prime Minister will tell the new Cabinet that ‘this is a Government for working people’. David Cameron is putting working people front and centre of the new Government’s mission. The Prime Minister will announce new legislation that will be introduced within weeks to reform welfare, offer more apprenticeships, create two million jobs and help with childcare costs. This is a ‘One Nation’ Government that will act in the interests of […]

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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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