Author Archives: Steve Baker

Coronavirus. What you need to do: stay at home


As the Prime Minister said this week, the coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades – and this country is not alone.  I know that local people are anxious about the temporary changes to which we are adjusting. We are beset by the bewildering pace of Government communications and the sometimes confusing reporting of it. Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service […]

The Coronavirus Bill and cremation


The Coronavirus Bill 2019-21[1] provides for powers which are inimical to life in a free society, trespassing on some issues which people hold most dear, such as the wishes of the deceased. Civil liberties group Big Brother Watch has warned[2] that the Coronavirus Bill contains the “most draconian powers in peace time Britain”. The Coronavirus Bill: Empowers police, immigration officers and public health officials to demand documentation; detain and isolate members of the public potentially indefinitely, including children; and forcibly take biological samples for testing; Permits prohibition of public events and […]

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Coronavirus: where to get information


Key information For health information and advice, read NHS pages on coronavirus: NHS.uk/coronavirus Learn about the government response to coronavirus: gov.uk/coronavirus Find the UK coronavirus dashboard here: bit.ly/UKCOVID19Dashboard Public Health England’s coronavirus campaign is here: bit.ly/PHECVCampaign The Facebook group High Wycombe Coronavirus Mutual Aid is here: bit.ly/HWCVMA Keep up to date To keep up to date with reliable UK coronavirus advice, please use this Twitter list of authoritative voices: bit.ly/CV19Voices

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Believe me, nothing except a battle lost is half so melancholy as a battle won


I want to send a huge thank you to all the members of the public who – in the street, on the trains and elsewhere as I travelled yesterday – took the time to say they appreciated the spirit of my speech in Parliament on Thursday and the related Today programme interview yesterday. They showed me there is appetite for reconciliation and progress in this country: we can hope to come together and move on. Find the full speech on […]

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If you care about lifting the poor into prosperity, vote Conservative


6 May 2010 Dear Chief Secretary, I’m afraid there is no money. With regards – and good luck! Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne’s note to his Conservative successor. That was Labour’s legacy to the Conservative-led coalition government of 2010: “I’m afraid there is no money.” It’s always the same: Labour promise great things for the poor, then fail, wreck the economy and leave unemployment higher than they inherited. To explore their recent record of failure, even in […]

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Conservatives will make no changes to the Hunting Act


I am glad that our 2019 manifesto commits us with the following pledge: We will make no changes to the Hunting Act. I have now advised two Prime Ministers that this should be the position and I am glad it has been adopted. The pro-hunting lobby seems to have accepted this law and I am under no pressure from the other side. I hope we will now be able to leave this issue behind as settled.

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Why we back Boris’ Brexit Deal


It’s been an extremely difficult 18 months in British politics but the Conservatives have a Brexit deal which will lead to a great future under a majority Conservative government. This leaflet describes Boris’ new Brexit deal, provides a before and after comparison, and includes a letter from me and Mark Francois, setting out why we and Conservative Eurosceptic MPs backed the deal before Parliament was dissolved. The UK will become an independent country with a broad and constructive relationship with […]

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Keeping our streets safe


It is the Prime Minister’s priority to make our streets safer. We are hiring 183 more police officers for Thames Valley Police by the end of 2020-21 as part of our target to recruit 20,000 more police officers over the next three years to cut crime and keep people safe.  We will give them the powers, kit and backing they need – like extending their powers to stop and search and reviewing sentences so that we can keep serious criminals […]

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Supporting every child – schools


Every child should have the chance to succeed in life. And that starts with access to a good school place, no matter their background or where they live. That’s why we are increasing school funding by £14 billion over the next three years, with those areas historically underfunded receiving the greatest increase. And we’re supporting teachers to manage their workload while also improving standards and discipline. We want every parent to be confident that their children are getting the best […]

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Political promises about A&E at Wycombe Hospital


Update: Many thanks to the national journalists who have taken an interest in this story. As I replied to Adam Boulton earlier: No. I’d *love* a full modern emergency department in #Wycombe. Of course. But please read the articles. — Steve Baker (@SteveBakerHW) November 19, 2019 At each election I have contested since 2010, every other candidate has always said they will get A&E back to Wycombe Hospital. This election appears to be no different.   But Wycombe already has an […]

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