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Vigil for Jo Cox MP in High Wycombe on Friday


On Friday, a vigil was held for Jo Cox MP in High Wycombe, which I attended: PICTURES: Vigil for murdered MP https://t.co/t0R9QP2GLn — Bucks Free Press (@bucksfreepress) June 18, 2016 I will be attending Parliament tomorrow for tributes. I did not know Jo Cox directly, but I was present for a number of her speeches. When you sit across from a person in the House of Commons, you form a view of their character, values and intentions. Jo Cox was […]

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Independence is a new opportunity for the UK


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The world faces big problems and the EU cannot cope. We love Europe but we don’t need to accept the supremacy of EU law to enjoy friendship and cooperation. Non-EU arrangements like NATO and the “Five Eyes” intelligence sharing network with the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require us to subordinate UK law. Outside the EU, the UK can regain power and influence in international organisations like the World Trade Organisation. Business for Britain’s Change or Go report examined 18 policy areas, […]

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The EU did not allow our Government the change we need 


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David Cameron was allowed no meaningful change when he went to Europe to renegotiate Britain’s deal with the EU. This is our opportunity to decide if we want to remain in the EU on the basis of the Lisbon Treaty, which the Conservative Party under David Cameron opposed. The EU has a flag, anthem, parliament, civil service, executive, supreme court, currency and overseas embassies. These are all characteristics of a modern day country. This is our chance to accept or reject […]

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The EU makes over half our laws and EU law is supreme in the UK


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According to the House of Commons Library, between 2010 and 2013, the average proportion of EU-based UK law and regulation was 59%. They write: The average over these four years was higher, at 59%. But even this calculation does not take account of UK primary legislation or EU ‘soft law’ such as statements, recommendations, guidelines, declarations, special reports etc, which may be implemented equally ‘softly’ in the UK. About twice as many people vote in UK general elections as in […]

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The EU costs us too much, we don’t have control and the bill is growing


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The UK is billed over £50m a day by the EU. Our contribution has grown over the years. We can expect it to grow in the future. We receive a rebate equivalent to £13.6 million a day, applied a year in arrears. It is negotiable. We receive £5.9 billion per year or £16.1 million a day back in ways we cannot control. We make a net contribution of £8.5 billion a year, equivalent to £23 million a day. In 2014, our Prime Minister refused to pay an […]

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UK to resettle unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from Europe


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The Prime Minister announced at Prime Minister’s Questions this week that the UK will resettle unaccompanied asylum seeking children from Europe. The Government’s focus remains on supporting countries most affected by the continuing migration crisis in the Middle East and North Africa where they think the UK can make the biggest difference and to provide resettlement to those most in need of support in the region. The Government has reflected on what more the UK can do to support children at risk of exploitation. The Government […]

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Let’s spend our money on our priorities, like the NHS in Wycombe


A bill of £350 million every week for EU membership.  You may have seen this figure often in recent weeks. At a highly conservative estimate, it works out as a net contribution of £8.5 billion a year spent on the EU’s priorities. That’s a net contribution of £23 million every day of the year. Where is this money going? It helps the EU indoctrinate children (£500 million), subsidise three empty airports in Poland (£80 million) and transport 1000 officials from Belgium to France and back (£130 […]

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Relocation of children from Europe


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Following Monday’s consideration of Lords amendments to the Immigration Bill, there has been a furious backlash challenging the humanity and, where relevant, faith of those of us who supported the Government. Parliament is sometimes required to make exceptionally difficult decisions in complex circumstances of mass suffering to which political power is a poor solution. Such decisions are always politicised. Typically, motives and character are condemned before an explanation is sought for an unwelcome decision. Lord Dubs had successfully moved a new clause which would require the Home Secretary, […]

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Articles on the EU in the Sunday Telegraph and Telegraph


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The Telegraph kindly carried articles from me on the launch of Conservatives for Britain last June and shortly before Christmas. I include links below; my articles on the EU stretching back to 2007 may be found here. The launch article was Conservatives will stand up for Britain if the EU lets us down, published on the evening of 6 June 2015: Our duty to the citizens of Europe is to ensure prosperity and continued peace. We must remain free to trade with Europe. […]

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ESA and PIP changes in Budget 2016


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I have been asked to explain reasons for the changes to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) as set out in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill and the debacle over Personal Independence Payment (PIP). In the Summer Budget 2015, the Chancellor announced that, from April 2017, new ESA claimants who are placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) will receive the same rate of benefit as those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). This change only affects new claims made after that date, not those […]

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