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Speech on Money Creation and Society


A lady in Wycombe recently asked me the following questions: Why is my house valued higher than its worth? Why do crashes keep happening every 8 years? Who owns the money supply and how does it relate to gold? Why haven’t I had cost of living pay rise for 7 years yet the CEO has just bought a pacific island? Why do quarterly targets keep going up at work and what is the end game of this model? Why has […]

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Understanding the Money Creation and Society Debate


Together with colleagues spanning four parties – Michael Meacher (Lab), Caroline Lucas (Green), Douglas Carswell (UKIP) and David Davis (Con) – I have secured a debate on Money Creation and Society for Thursday 20 November. Here’s a quick guide to understanding the debate. First, we have a system of paper or “fiat” money: it exists due to legal mandate as opposed to being a physical commodity like gold. Reserves, notes and coins are created by the state but claims on money […]

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The Armed Forces Parliamentary Remembrance Service


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On 5 November, I was among 30 MPs who had either served or continue to serve in our Armed Forces who took part in an act of Remembrance before Sunday’s official national commemorations. With this, the hundredth year since the start of WW1, the service carried particular significance. Alongside the hundreds of thousands of British Servicemen killed while on active service in the Great War were nineteen serving Members of Parliament, commemorated in the House of Commons Books of Remembrance. Held in the Guards […]

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Supporting Fiona Bruce against the abomination of sex-selection abortions


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A detestable practice has arisen in our country which is illegal: abortions for the purpose of sex selection. It is a monstrous evil which must be stopped. Today, my colleague Fiona Bruce is introducing a ten-minute rule motion as follows: 1. ABORTION (SEX-SELECTION): TEN MINUTE RULE MOTION Up to 20 minutes (Standing Order No. 23) Fiona Bruce That leave be given to bring in a Bill to clarify the law relating to abortion on the basis of sex-selection; and for […]

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Fewer workless households under this Government


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Via Share The Facts, the number of children living in workless households is at its lowest level for a generation:

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NHS top brass at the Health Select Committee


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Last week, the NHS published its Five Year Forward View. I have written about the emerging models, as they might impact upon Wycombe. On 28th October, three NHS leaders provided evidence to a regular session of the Parliamentary Health Select Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr Sarah Wollaston MP. They were: Simon Stevens, Chief Executive Officer, NHS England Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director, NHS England Paul Baumann, Chief Financial Officer, NHS England On the financial position of the NHS, and on the […]

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Amending the Recall of MPs Bill with Zac Goldsmith


The Government’s Recall Bill is before Parliament. I am signed up to all the amendments brought forward by Zac Goldsmith to deliver voter-led recall. As I have long said here, I am in politics to re-establish a working system of Parliamentary democracy. As a minimum, that means an EU referendum plus proper recall. As it stands, the Government’s proposals involve three stages. The trigger for recall would be an MP receiving a custodial sentence, or suspension from the House. Voters in the […]

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Why I will vote to recognise Palestine


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On 21 July, I wrote of the conflict over Gaza: As we have recoiled from the violence committed by both sides, too little attention has been paid to the reality of Israeli settlements on the West Bank, their development over the years and their consequences for Palestinians. The progression of those settlements has left the Palestinian people in a state of despair. The election of Hamas appears to be one result. A hopeful future must be found instead. As William Hague […]

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The capacity of the Royal Air Force


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Much of Friday’s debate took for granted the Royal Air Force’s capacity to deliver substantial air power. We are to understand the operation in Iraq could last for years. In 1991, at the time of our first Gulf War, the RAF had exactly 30 front-line fast jet squadrons. Today, we have seven. Of those seven, four are Typhoon squadrons. They do not yet have the necessary Stormshadow, Brimstone or RAPTOR capabilities. The other three squadrons – II(AC), IX(B) and 31 – are equipped with […]

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On declining to support action in Iraq


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ISIL is a brutal tyranny founded on a narrow and perverted interpretation of Islam together with unyielding violent religious intolerance. Muslims in Wycombe have with one voice condemned ISIL. Resisting ISIL with lethal force is a just and essential cause. We have been asked to set aside the mistakes of the past. Sectarianism, intolerance and entrenched interest appear to have prevented the emergence of open liberal democracies across the Middle East and North Africa. Those factors are apparently still in place. […]

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