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Westminster Hall debate on public consent for local plans


Yesterday in Parliament, I led a Westminster Hall debate on the issue of public consent for local plans. I introduced my remarks as follows, I begin by outlining two key problems. First, land for development is extremely scarce in Wycombe, and there is real public anger at the prospect of building on all of High Wycombe’s reserve sites, which would further burden the inadequate infrastructure, especially our roads. Secondly, there is an obvious, acute need for more homes, especially those […]

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What is the single best thing we can do for our health?


My wife Beth and I enjoyed a walk around West Wycombe and Downley with the Ramblers this morning. In the course of it, Beth (a GP) mentioned the video 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health? It’s an astonishing fact that we have become so sedentary that it is thought proper we should be taxed in order to fund public health measures as simple as this: Walking is a fantastic way to […]

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Wycombe Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Service Shortlisted for Award


Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s new cardiac rehabilitation service, based at Wycombe Hospital, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Health Service Journal award. The cardiac rehabilitation programme, a collaboration with Janssen Healthcare Innovation, uses a combination of exercise and education to support patients in making changes to their lifestyles. Patients who have suffered from a heart attack or heart-related condition are enrolled onto the programme direct from the ward by one of the cardiac rehabilitation nurses. Since its launch in October […]

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Congratulations Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust


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I am glad this morning to congratulate all the staff at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust: the Chief Inspector of Hospitals has recommended the Trust is taken out of special measures. From the Care Quality Commission press release: England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals has recommended that Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust should be taken out of special measures following a full inspection by the Care Quality Commission. Professor Sir Mike Richards and his inspectors found that sufficient progress had been made to justify the […]

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Interview at Love Wycombe 2014: debt, help with debt and credit unions


Amid the conflict, drama and, too often, scandal of politics, it is easy to forget that politicians hope to make a positive difference to the lives of other people. We may disagree about methods but every decent politician wants to lift people out of poverty. One of the five pathways to poverty identified by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is serious personal debt. The others are family breakdown, educational failure, worklessness and addictions. These are often experienced together. Helping people with […]

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