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The NHS and privatisation – shocking electoral politics


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A recent campaign asked me to clarify my position on the NHS and privatisation. This is an area where the worst electoral politics are hard at work. The NHS is an emotive subject so scaremongering about privatisation is especially wrong. I have recently spoken to Wycombe 38 Degrees about this issue, on camera. In a report critical of the Government, The King’s Fund writes, “claims of mass privatisation were and are exaggerated” and “NHS providers continue to deliver the vast majority of care to NHS patients, […]

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Promoting a flourishing debate on campaign issues


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Over the previous five years in Parliament, I have been in close and continuous correspondence with the electors of Wycombe whether by phone, email, social media or in person, no matter their voting intentions. I want to continue having the fullest discussion possible to promote the most vibrant democratic process. Mass email campaigns are today a substantial part of that process. On most issues, the majority of electors express no opinion but I often receive tens or hundreds of identical or near […]

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Update on Buckinghamshire Children’s Services improvement plan


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Buckinghamshire County Council have today published the following: Buckinghamshire’s Children’s Services do not need any further Government intervention, the County Council is capable of leading its own improvement programme, and an independent person is to be appointed to replace the Chief Executive as chair of the Children’s Services Improvement Board. These are the conclusions of the Department for Education, as they publish a finalised report prepared by Red Quadrant, the independent Government-appointed consultants providing challenge, improvement advice and support to the County Council […]

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Big Lottery Fund awards in Wycombe


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Since September 2014, two projects in Wycombe have been recipients of Big Lottery Fund grants through the ‘Awards for All’ programme. Hazlemere Church of England Combined School and Thames Valley Partnership both received grants of £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund. Hazlemere Church of England Combined School will use the funding to install a shelter, gazebo and activity tower in its grounds, enabling the group to enhance its outdoor play provision for pupils, local residents and community groups. Thames Valley […]

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The choice at the next election in 80 seconds


Via sharethefacts.conservatives.com, “the choice at the next election in 80 seconds”: The election in May is the most important in a generation, and the choice couldn’t be clearer. It’s between the competence of the Conservatives, with a long-term economic plan that is securing a better future for Britain – or the chaos of a weak Labour leader propped up by who-knows-what minor party. You can join Wycombe Conservatives or donate here.

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Creating an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS


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Yesterday, Jeremy Hunt gave a statement on the Government’s response to the Freedom to Speak Up Review of NHS whistle-blowing by Sir Robert Francis. You can find the summary of the Review here. The aim of the Review was “to provide advice and recommendations to ensure that NHS staff in England feel it is safe to raise concerns, confident that they will be listened to and the concerns will be acted upon.” Sir Robert concluded “that there is a culture within many […]

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Council Tax set to rise by about 6p per week for policing


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As reported by the Bucks Free Press, the police element of council tax will be rising by 1.99% to protect the frontline. The story does not explain that the rise is about £3.19 per year for a band D property, or about 6p each week. Our Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld is responsible to the public at the ballot box for policing in the Thames Valley. As set out on his website: The job of the PCC is to ensure that the policing […]

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£8.8m expansion of Growth Deal boosts local plan for Bucks economy


Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed an expansion to its Growth Deal with the Government, which will see an extra £8.8m invested in Buckinghamshire between 2016 and 2021 – this is in addition to the £44.2m of funding committed by the Government on 7 July 2014. The additional proposed projects include: A programme to provide access to finance to small and medium-sized businesses, so that they can grow and create new jobs; Extending superfast broadband across Buckinghamshire to […]

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Do we have a moral obligation to be happy for the sake of others?


I woke this morning to an interesting question on Twitter: @gmaxski Thanks: I think that shows how important it is to have something positive to say. A good thought with which to start the day. @gmaxski Thanks: I think that shows how important it is to have something positive to say. A good thought with which to start the day. — Steve Baker MP (@SteveBakerMP) January 30, 2015 It reminded me of this video from Prager University, Why be happy? […]

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Letter to the Bucks Free Press on freedom of expression and extremism


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Via the Bucks Free Press, my letter on freedom of expression and extremism: I was delighted that this year’s parade in High Wycombe to celebrate the birth of Muhammad once again demonstrated the friendship we enjoy in our Town. It was by all accounts a happy and successful occasion. I have observed closely the development of local commentary in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. I read the Mayor’s statement on Facebook carefully, and the support and criticism he […]

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