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Local cardiac rehab charity Hearts & Souls shortlisted for Aviva Community Fund award: please vote in support


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Hearts & Souls, a Buckinghamshire cardiac rehabilitation charity, has been shortlisted for a £5000 award from the Aviva Community Fund. There is an excellent cardiac rehabilitation service at Wycombe hospital, helping patients get back to normal after cardiac events. The exercise sessions that form part of the rehabilitation programme depend on charitable donations. It costs more than £20,000 a year to run these exercise sessions and Hearts & Souls is a charity dedicated to raising this money. The £5000 award would be […]

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Positive results for cardiac rehabilitation trial at Wycombe Hospital


Coronary Heart Disease is the most common cause of disability and premature death, responsible for up to 88,000 deaths per year. UK annual expenditure reaches £2 billion per year on healthcare costs for treating coronary heart disease alone. A robust cardiac rehabilitation service can reduce cardiac readmissions by up to 56%. Analysis has also suggested improvements in the service nationally could release over £30 million per year in savings that could be reinvested in our NHS. In January 2014, the new Care4TodayTM […]

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Children given chance to vote in community cash election


Children as young as 11 will be able to vote alongside adults in a special election which comes to High Wycombe for the first time next week. Buckinghamshire County Council has set up a ballot entitled ‘High Wycombe Decides’ to allow the public to choose where community cash is spent in the town. The Council, via its High Wycombe Local Area Forum (LAF), has £17,500 to spend locally among eight projects. Residents of High Wycombe and Downley will be able to […]

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Epilepsy safety awareness app launched in this Epilepsy Week


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In the last Parliament, I highlighted the tragic case of Jessica Monks, who died as a result of complications arising from her epilepsy. I have since taken a closer interest in this condition. This is National Epilepsy Week. It marks the launch of SUDEP Action’s ‘Stay Safe’ campaign. This campaign focuses on raising awareness of the risks associated with epilepsy and providing people experiencing seizures, their families and Health Professionals with the tools to monitor and take steps to lower […]

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Outgoing County Council Chairman Zahir Mohammed praises community


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As outgoing County Council Chairman Zahir Mohammed handed the chain of office to successor Chairman Bill Chapple, he praised those in the voluntary, civic, business and community sectors for their contribution to Buckinghamshire. Cllr Zahir told more than 200 guests at Hedsor House on Thursday 14 May that he felt privileged to have served the county over the last year. He called on guests to work together to manage the ‘challenges of tomorrow’. “Togetherness between us is of great value to […]

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Work set to start on alternative route through town centre


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Buckinghamshire County Council contractors are due to start work next week on Wycombe’s new Westbourne Street Link. The work, expected to be completed in October, is the first phase in giving traffic an alternative route through the town centre, from Oxford Road to Marlow Hill. Phase two, from the Southern end of the new Westbourne Steet Link along Desborough Road through the old gas works to Marlow Hill roundabout, is anticipated to start by March 2016. The ‘Alternative Route’ is […]

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Thank you for voting Conservative


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[This is broadly what I said at the count in High Wycombe on 8 May: I did not have a script and a recording was not taken.] It is a privilege and joy to be re-elected to represent Wycombe in Parliament. I am grateful to the electors of Wycombe for sending me back. It is humbling to see the ballot papers laid out at the end of the count. Not just because I see now how many people have placed their trust […]

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General Election 2015 – only by voting Conservative can you secure our country’s future


The country has been through tough times in recent years. Now we must build on the Government’s successes so the benefits of full employment, rewarding work and living within our means can be felt by everyone. I want lower taxes and improved public services which protect the vulnerable and answer to you. I will campaign to deliver world-class healthcare at Wycombe Hospital with the peace of mind of an NHS Urgent Care Centre. Parliament should be sovereign in British matters. […]

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Please help the police prosecute perpetrators of criminal damage in Wycombe


Offences of criminal damage continue sporadically in Wycombe. A few criminals are causing expense, inconvenience and distress to entirely innocent people who often cannot afford the costs imposed. The perpetrators deserve prison. In this video, Wycombe police commander Superintendent Ed McLean explains continuing police operations: While I was an MP, the police briefed me on their actions and I attended a meeting between the police and residents. I also met residents on the streets. The victims are understandably furious. The police are […]

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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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