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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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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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