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Modern Slavery Bill Introduced to Parliament


Last week, the Home Secretary introduced a Modern Slavery Bill into Parliament.  The Bill sets out to ensure that the law enforcement agencies have the tools they need to stamp out this abhorrent practice. The Modern Slavery Bill contains significant new measures to ensure that victims are better supported and protected, not only to recovery from their terrible ordeal, but also to support effective investigations and prosecutions.  Specifically, the Bill will do this by: ensuring that victims are not prosecuted […]

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Increasing fine levels


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Following reporting of the changes to increase the maximum fines that can be imposed in the magistrates’ courts, an extract from a “Dear colleague” letter from the Ministry of Justice: The current fine levels were set over 20 years ago in 1991 and so were clearly in need of review. Parliament welcomed the move to increase these levels during the passage of the 2012 Act; so too did Magistrates. Once approved by Parliament, the Statutory Instruments will mean a fourfold […]

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Underground access – shale gas


The Government is currently running a consultation on proposals to reform the procedures for securing underground access to oil and gas deposits. The consultation aims to find the right balance between the legitimate interests and concerns of landowners, and the benefits to the community and nation at large of permitting development where that development is otherwise acceptable in planning and environmental terms. Several constituents have contacted me about the proposals that were detailed in the Queen’s Speech: it should be […]

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Prime Minister of St. Vincent & The Grenadines visits SV2G Historical Exhibition at the House of Commons


The Hon Ralph Gonsalves MP, the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, and High Commissioner Cenio Lewis CMG, recently attended an exhibition hosted in the House of Commons. The exhibition focussed on the testimonies of three generations of people from St. Vincent and the Grenadines who have settled in High Wycombe. Curated by SV2G, a local community arts organisation that facilitates engagement with creativity and Caribbean heritage through the music of the steel-pan, the exhibition was on display […]

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Changes to Stop and Search


One of my guiding principles is equality under the law.  For us all to live peaceably with each other we must feel that everyone is treated fairly by the police and judicial system.  This is why it was good to see the Home Secretary has announced reforms to stop and search. In Wycombe, there are a large number of people from minority backgrounds. Official figures show that if you are from a non-white background you are up to six times […]

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