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Discover the place of Christmas in the drama of God’s plan to set the world right


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This morning at Speen Church, we focussed on Tearfund’s Silent Night Carols. It was a moving reminder of the astonishing peace which broke out during the Great War at Christmas a century ago. We also had time to remember the appalling suffering in Syria today, to pray for people there and to give in support of Tearfund’s work. Great political, economic and social forces are at work in the world. Humanity suffers violence, pestilence and poverty. The Economist summarises the year’s news here. Ukraine, Crimea and Russia’s […]

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Please register for Let’s Talk Health Bucks


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I am contacted often about local health services.  Almost everyone thinks that Wycombe Hospital should be at the centre of our local health provision and should be used to the maximum benefit. Rightly or wrongly, they have reassurance from healthcare being delivered in a hospital setting: they have an expectation their health needs can be met there.  They want an easy to understand system of receiving care, as local to home as possible. Given that the PFI at Wycombe Hospital will be […]

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Remembrance Day prayers 2014


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Traditionally, the MP for Wycombe leads prayers in All Saints High Wycombe on Remembrance Day. Here are mine for 2014: O LORD our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who from your throne beholds all the dwellers upon earth, heartily we rejoice in your Lordship over all creation, as we remember in humility and penitence those failures of humanity which cause war. We give thanks and praise for the men […]

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One week until the Wycombe Homeless Connection Big Sleepout 2014


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Wycombe Homeless Connection is a community project of Wycombe churches, serving around 300 single adult homeless or vulnerably housed individuals each year. Through Speen Church, I have been a volunteer since before I was a candidate. I previously worked with the homeless during my MSc in Oxford. I spoke about the project in Parliament last year. Too many people are trapped in cycles of addiction, debt, family breakdown, worklessness and educational failure. Too often, one or more of these factors will […]

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Counter-terrorism arrests today – courage not cowardice will win


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As we approach Remembrance Day, police have made counter-terrorism arrests in London and High Wycombe (Bucks Free Press, Telegraph). There is speculation that this weekend’s commemorations were the target of attacks. On this centenary of the start of the Great War, we remember that the men and women of our armed forces fought and died in a just cause: the preservation of democracy and the rule of law against injustice and tyranny. Today, a tiny minority are betraying the rest of us with […]

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