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Half a day’s net EU contribution would clear our annual local NHS Trust deficit


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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s deficit this year is £10 million. Our net EU contribution is equivalent to £23 million per day. In other words, just half a day’s net contribution to the EU by UK taxpayers would cover the annual deficit of our local NHS Trust. As I set out in my article on the cost of EU membership, the UK is billed the equivalent of over £50m a day by the EU. After taking into account our negotiable rebate and payments by the EU to UK farmers, […]

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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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Community pharmacies update


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Yesterday there was an adjournment debate on the issue of community pharmacies. With the potential closure of pharmacies in Downley, Marlow and Marlow Bottom, this has been a source of interest for a number of Wycombe residents. During this debate, the Minister for Community and Social Care, Alistair Burt MP, made the following statement: I have seen at first hand the fantastic work that pharmacists are doing from within community pharmacies, such as in healthy living pharmacies and other settings, and […]

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Future of Penn School Site


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This evening, I’ll be joining Penn and Tylers Green Residents Society for their AGM so I am posting below what we know about the future of the Penn School site. The Department for Education have confirmed that the site has been purchased by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to be used to establish a free school. The EFA purchases sites for future free schools where it represents value for money and there is a need for school places in the area. Secondary schools in Wycombe are forecast […]

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Fairer funding for health in Wycombe


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Today, local campaigners will be handing a petition to Downing Street about fairer funding. I am disappointed that constituency engagements in Wycombe and very short notice mean I am unable to join them. I understand the text of the petition is as follows: We ask you [the Chancellor] to ensure that Buckinghamshire not only receives the national average in funds, but we also receive enough public funding so that key services are restored to Wycombe Hospital. I have twice submitted petitions to the […]

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Please get involved with Fostering Fortnight in Bucks


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The Government have announced their intention to resettle child refugees from Europe. This is in addition to the 3,000 vulnerable children and family members to be resettled direct from the Middle East and North Africa, and the 20,000 people being resettled directly from Syrian refugee communities. Those at risk of trafficking or exploitation will be prioritised for resettlement, while existing family reunion routes will be accelerated. This will be separate to any EU-administered resettlement schemes. To avoid incentivising more human trafficking, this resettlement […]

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A Parliamentary Question on farming


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Yesterday, I asked the Farming Minister a Parliamentary Question related to the effect that EU regulation has on productivity on the British agricultural industry: Steve Baker: What assessment she has made of the potential contribution of data and technology to increasing the productivity and competitiveness of British farming.  The Minister of State for Farming (George Eustice MP): Data and technology have a central role to play in increasing the productivity and competitiveness of British farming. Last October, I launched the […]

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Academies enhance self-government: why not go co-operative?


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I am grateful to everyone who wrote to me over the Government’s potential plans to complete the process of turning all schools into academies by, at the end, forcing schools which do not choose for themselves to convert. Academies are one of the few things Labour got right, blazing the trail for high educational attainment since they were established in 2002. Claims made by those on the left that academisation means privatization are bizarre: these remain state schools. Since 2010, there […]

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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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Junior doctors’ strikes reveal the fragility of patient-doctor relationships


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Today and tomorrow, junior doctors in our NHS are on strike. This action neglects taxpayers who expect world-class treatment around the clock, every day. Unlike previous occasions, this strike includes emergency services in hospitals across the UK. It is the BMA’s right to call this action, as a trade union representing those who work tirelessly to keep us healthy. The strike nevertheless rejects the fundamental principle that doctors are there to care for patients. Negotiations between the Government and the BMA led to agreement […]

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