Author Archives: Lucy-Anne Hickey

Weekly round-up #Working4Wycombe


What I have been up to this week #Working4Wycombe: Supported Samaritans’ #BrewMonday to encourage people to have a virtual cup of tea (or coffee!) together to keep in touch with friends and family. You can find this here: https://twitter.com/SteveBakerHW/status/1351135030442135557 Helped raise awareness for Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. You can find this here: https://twitter.com/SteveBakerHW/status/1351543698996269056/photo/1 Highlighted serious human rights abuses in Kashmir & asked the FCDO for a coordinated international effort to have UN human rights officials on both sides of the […]

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Consideration of Lords amendments – Trade Bill


Today the House of Commons is discussing the genocide amendment to the Trade Bill.    There are some appalling atrocities happening around the world – for example, against the Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang, the human rights abuses in Kashmir, and there are continuing concerns in Sri Lanka.   But the UN has found itself incapable of responding. We certainly need change.  First, Government should bring in a new UK human rights policy to ensure we can respond unilaterally and multilaterally when gross human rights abuses […]

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Weekly round-up #Working4Wycombe


What I have been up to this week #Working4Wycombe: Spoke in the Government’s response to forced labour in Xinjiang. You can find a summary of this on a Twitter thread and on another blog post: https://twitter.com/stevebakerhw/status/1349062699569864704 and https://www.stevebaker.info/2021/01/the-governments-response-to-forced-labour-in-xinjiang/ Called on Dominic Raab and his colleagues at FCDO to take the situation in Kashmir as seriously as the situation in China. You can watch this in a Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/SteveBakerHW/status/1349319993700331520 Wrote a letter to Nigel Adams in his role as FCDO […]

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The Government’s response to forced labour in Xinjiang


As early as 30 October 2018, I asked the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, “what assessment have the Government made of extremely alarming reports of internment camps for Uyghur Muslims in China?”. This afternoon, the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, detailed the Government’s response to forced labour in Xinjiang.  The evidence of the scale and severity of the human rights violations being perpetrated in Xinjiang against the Uighur Muslims is extensive and harrowing. The Foreign Secretary confirmed these violations include: The extrajudicial detention of over 1 million Uighurs and other minorities […]

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£702,736 in Government funding for cultural organisations in Wycombe


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As part of the £1 billion Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF), six cultural sites in Wycombe have received funding through the CRF, totalling £702,736. This money will ensure our arts and heritage sites survive throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The CRF has to date protected at least 75,000 jobs across the arts sector, with 70% of revenue grants and 87% of capital grants allocated outside of London. The programme has been overseen by an independent Culture Recovery Board, made up of industry […]

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Comprehensive Spending Review 2020


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Today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced his Comprehensive Spending Review. The review set out the Government departments’ resource budgets for the years 2021/22 to 2023/24. Here are some of the Chancellor’s main points: New funding that takes the budget for coronavirus vaccines over £6 billion, part of over £18 billion to fund preventative coronavirus measures An additional £254 million investment to help reduce rough sleeping and homelessness The new £2.9 billion restart scheme to help more than one million […]

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UK-Canada Trade Agreement


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Following my timely question to the Trade Secretary on Thursday, I am delighted that the United Kingdom has secured a trade agreement with Canada, one of our oldest and closest friends. This was agreed on a video call on 21 November between Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and her Canadian counterpart, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng. This trade agreement will: Provide continuity in trade between […]

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My View on the BBC Licence Fee for Over-75s


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After speaking with some of my constituents about TV licences for the over-75s, I promised to provide my view. The BBC’s decision to stop funding free TV licences for most over-75s is disappointing. The Government’s position on the licence fee is as follows:  It is important to note that this was the BBC’s decision and not the Government’s, after Parliament legislated to give the BBC the full responsibility from 2020. This was part of a deal the Government reached with […]

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My article in The Telegraph: I cannot support this second lockdown


The PM is doing what he thinks is best for public health, yet the modelling is much too uncertain. Following my article yesterday on The Telegraph, I have re-published it here: Our Prime Minister faces a nightmare scenario. Official advice on NHS capacity is that “even surge capacity is burnt through in all regions but London in the next four weeks” and “on the current trajectory the NHS will not be able to accept any more patients by Christmas week”. […]

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Financial support for jobs and businesses


A national lockdown is not cost-free; like many, I am concerned that England’s new restrictions may potentially harm lives, livelihoods and mental health. Though I voted no in the motion which approved England’s second national lockdown, we must comply. To support these restrictions the Government have announced: An extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of March Eligible employees will receive 80% of their usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 There […]

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