Author Archives: Lucy-Anne Hickey

Weekly round-up #Working4Wycombe


What I have been up to this week #Working4Wycombe:  Secured the future of driving tests in High Wycombe. You can watch the Adjournment Debate I led in full here: https://www.facebook.com/SteveBakerWycombe/videos/757902101486418 Welcomed £12m of investment in our high street. You can read about what this substantial funding will do for High Wycombe in another blog post here: https://www.stevebaker.info/2021/02/debate-on-the-towns-fund/ Stood with the President of Azad Kashmir & the Pakistan High Commissioner on Kashmir Solidarity Day Supported #WorldCancerDay with Cancer Research UK. Read […]

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Debate on the Towns Fund


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It is great news High Wycombe has received £11.89 million from the Future High Streets Fund to help reshape and renew our town centre. This substantial funding should help Wycombe’s long-term growth, by helping our Council transform our high street into a vibrant hub for generations, creating and supporting jobs. It will also set out to ensure future sustainability in the modern age where online shopping has soared and we need affordable homes. I know Buckinghamshire Council is committed to […]

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Weekly round-up #Working4Wycombe


What I have been up to this week #Working4Wycombe: Had a call with UK Weddings Taskforce to support the recovery of wedding businesses Put my name to a cross-party public letter to go to the Minister in support for the UK Weddings Industry Spoke in an Urgent Question on the Government’s plan for the reopening of educational settings, raising my support for the ‘Us for Them’ campaign and calling on the Government to reopen schools or quantify the harms and […]

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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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