Author Archives: Ex-staff

Discussing Covid-19 restrictions on the Today Programme

Feedback after my appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme to discuss coronavirus restrictions has been overwhelmingly positive. Nevertheless, I recognise some people rightly have real concerns surrounding the health of their loved ones. The Today interview is here, in a segment from 01:08:45: I gave my sources here: I hope after listening to the interview, and reading the sources above, even those who disagree may concende this is an important and legitimate debate. There is no lack of concern for people at […]

The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

Today, the Secretary of State for International Trade announced the UK’s agreement in principle for a free trade deal with Japan. This is the UK’s first major trade deal as an independent trading nation. The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was agreed in principle by Japan’s Foreign Minister, Minister Motegi, and the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP on a video call this morning. I am really pleased that the historic deal secures additional benefits beyond the EU-Japan trade deal and […]

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Support for British Airways Workers

A number of constituents who live in Wycombe and work for British Airways have been in touch in recent weeks about the awful situation they are in due to the coronavirus crisis and BA’s response to it.  This is an appalling time for BA staff and their families. I have made a number of interventions to represent them, and in particular we have: Written to the Secretary of State for Transport to raise the concerns of constituents who had contacted […]

The Plan for Jobs

Today, the Chancellor announced our Plan for Jobs, worth up to £30 billion – to support people to find jobs, create new jobs through investment, and finally protect jobs by revitalising the hard-hit sectors upon which many jobs depend.  The Government have announced a range of measures – on top of the £160 billion plan to protect people’s jobs, incomes and businesses – to support, create and protect jobs. This includes: Rewarding and incentivising employers who successfully bring furloughed staff back […]


Boost for Tourism and Hospitality in Wycombe

The Chancellor has announced a much-needed boost for tourism and hospitality businesses in Wycombe, as part of his Summer Economic Update to kickstart the economy post-coronavirus. The measures will see VAT for hospitality, accommodation and attraction businesses cut from 20 per cent to 5 per cent for six months. The move is designed to support the sectors which have been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, helping businesses to recover and boosting the number of jobs across the country. […]

Support for Theatres and Culture during Covid-19

Last week I asked the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support is being provided for theatres in Wycombe following discussions with the Wycombe Swan on how the current Covid-19 crisis is affecting local theatres and other cultural venues. The Minister of State for Culture and Digital replied: “To support the sustainability of the arts sector, including theatres, DCMS has worked closely with Arts Council England (ACE) to provide a tailored package of financial support. In March, ACE […]


Tackling Unauthorised Traveller Camps

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Yesterday evening Travellers moved onto Hughenden Park. Within a day, they have left and moved on. This swift action was possible because of the High Court injunction Wycombe District Council obtained last year after the large number of unauthorised encampments on council-owned green spaces in July and August. The injunction allowed the current Council to speed-up the process of removing the Travellers. Last year I discussed the issue of Travellers with the Home Secretary, and again in May this year […]


The Government’s ‘New Deal’

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We’re investing massively in education with over £14bn for primary and secondary education between now and 2023. We’re cracking down on the crime that blights too many streets and too many lives. We will build back a greener, more beautiful Britain. We will build better roads, rail and transport infrastructure. We will strengthen that incredible partnership between our four nations and drive economic growth in all parts of the country. We will build fantastic new homes to help young people […]

Support for Workers in the Aviation Industry

I, along with a group of cross-party MPs, have written a letter to the Chancellor urging him to agree a customised and flexible extension to the furlough scheme for the aviation, travel and tourism industries. I know many people living in Wycombe who work for British Airways have been in touch with me concerned about the uncertainty they face. The letter has been organised by Henry Smith MP and The Future of Aviation Group. In the letter, we call on the […]

Black Lives Matter.

Black lives matter. I cannot think of anyone who disagrees. And while it would be easy to reply, “all lives matter”, that would be a disservice to the thousands of people who have legitimate grievances about racism. That those grievances evidently continue today, after ten years of the Equality Act, is deeply troubling.  With mounting concern, I have been listening carefully to Black British people. It is clear the Conservative Party needs to move beyond our proud record of establishing […]