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A new digital economy


I appreciate how important broadband is to residents and businesses in Wycombe. Fast, reliable broadband is now seen as the norm in an advanced economy, not a luxury. It underpins economic growth and allows us to function in a digital age. Over 90 per cent of UK premises are now able to connect to superfast broadband, and we are on track to reach 95 per cent by the end of next year. This means that the UK has the highest superfast broadband […]

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Changes to Carotid Endarterectomy Surgery


I am proud that Wycombe Hospital continues to be a specialist centre for two of the biggest killers – heart attack and stroke – and that there has been recent investment in these services. From 1st September 2016, carotid endarterectomy  surgery moved from Wycombe Hospital to the John Radcliffe Hospital. Some campaigners have opposed the change. It has been done to ensure patients have the best possible clinical outcomes. A carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure to unblock a carotid artery, which, […]

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Airport expansion in the South East


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In recent weeks, I have heard from a number of constituents urging a final decision on airport expansion in the UK. I have long supported Heathrow Hub for its potential to increase capacity cost-effectively while decreasing road traffic and aircraft noise. The Airports Commission’s final report was published in the Summer of 2015. It made a strong case for expansion in the South East. The Government has accepted the case for expansion and the Commission’s shortlist of options. It is vitally important […]

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Vascular Services for Thames Valley and in Wycombe


Regular readers will know I am committed to the highest quality NHS healthcare for Wycombe residents. For specialist procedures, there is often a tension between quality and location: time and again, clinical imperatives on safety and quality lead to centralisation to enable consultants and other staff to deliver expert care. So, bearing in mind the debate I called in 2013, I was concerned to hear about changes to vascular services at Wycombe Hospital. From April 2016, patients from Buckinghamshire who seek specialist […]

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Slides: Leaving the EU – a personal perspective, prepared for Chiltern Chamber of Commerce


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This morning, I spoke at Chiltern Chamber of Commerce’s Post-Brexit Networking Breakfast, providing a personal perspective on “Leaving the EU, what next?” As promised, the slides are available here: 20160716-EU-WhatNext. Many thanks to Chiltern Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity. A transcript is not available.

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Birthing unit at Wycombe Hospital


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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust announced earlier this week a temporary transfer of service for women planning to give birth at Wycombe Birth Centre until the end of November. It is a result of an unanticipated number of midwife vacancies across maternity services. This is obviously extremely disappointing. The last time this happened was in 2010, as I reported here and here. Currently, about 20 mothers give birth at the unit each month, with 700 ante-natal and post-natal check-ups being carried out too. […]

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EU Referendum message to the electors of Wycombe


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In the EU referendum, the UK voted to leave the European Union. For all the reasons I have set out, recently and over 9 years,  I believe the people of the UK have made the right choice for our country. We must now form a Government willing to implement the dual mandate of the Conservative manifesto and the Referendum result. We know the public took this decision seriously and that many people disagree. After a Remain campaign which relentlessly stoked fear […]

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Reaction to the Wycombe District EU Referendum result


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In the EU referendum, Wycombe District voted 48-52 for Remain. Across Buckinghamshire, every counting area voted the other way to the principal MP in that area: Aylesbury, Chiltern, South Bucks. Obviously, I was disappointed but I was also surprised: when campaigning in the Parliamentary constituency, we found voters were overwhelmingly for Leave. I have now looked at the results in detail for an explanation. First, via the BBC, I see most of the Thames Valley voted Remain, in contrast to most of […]

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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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