Author Archives: Steve Baker

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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The Urgent Treatment Centre at Wycombe Hospital


When I stood for election in 2015 and 2017, I said I was demanding an NHS Urgent Treatment Centre at Wycombe Hospital, which is classed by the NHS as a Type 3 A&E. I am delighted our Urgent Treatment Centre was officially opened in December 2018. The Centre is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is led by GPs and staffed by doctors and nurses. You can just turn-up at the centre if you need urgent, […]

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Conservatives are strengthening our NHS


In Wycombe, we are proud of the improvements our local NHS staff have delivered since 2010. By keeping our economy strong we’ve been able to support our NHS since 2010. That’s why we are providing the biggest cash boost in the history of the NHS and the Prime Minister is making it his immediate task to ensure that people start seeing this funding in their local GP surgeries and local hospitals. This will make a real difference to the lives of NHS staff and patients in […]

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Not liberal. Not democrats.


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15 Brexit negotiating errors Boris must fix


The following is an extract from an article which first appeared in full in the Telegraph online on 27 July 2019 under the headline, “Why I rejected the offer of a Ministerial post in Boris Johnson’s glittering new government”: bit.ly/NoJobBetterThanABadJob. We urgently need to correct some vital structural problems in our negotiations. The restoration of Cabinet collective responsibility is the first step. Long may it last. Of course, Boris has fixed the problem of our restrictive over-interpretation of the duty of sincere […]

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Why I rejected Theresa May’s proposed Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, and the idea of remaining in a Customs Union


I want your vote to count in how we govern ourselves.  I want MPs in Parliament to be free to decide our own laws and policies, reflecting the priorities of citizens and the best interests of this country.   The Prime Minister’s proposed agreement would not allow this to happen: we would be trapped in a worse position than membership with no vote, no voice and no means to escape except by permission. I have set out my views in more […]

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Compromise on Terms of Withdrawal


I remain convinced that only two kinds of exit would be consistent with the vote to leave the EU. Either we should leave with a deal of the kind the EU offered us in March 2018, or we should leave and trade on WTO terms whilst tabling a set of treaties to deliver on that offer of security cooperation, participation in institutions and a comprehensive advanced free trade agreement. Other suggestions – such as remaining in the EU, the EU’s […]

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Party Politics and remaining in the Conservative Party


Some have suggested I leave the Conservative Party to either join another party or establish a new one.  I have no wish to do either and it is not something I am contemplating.  I am a Conservative because I believe the Conservative party, despite all our difficulties, embodies the best hope we have for a free and prosperous UK under responsible, far-sighted government. I will be sticking with the Conservatives, not least because I find I am in agreement with […]

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Future Elections and Party Organisation


I have received a wide range of correspondence, covering the full spectrum of opinion from remaining in the EU after all, whether with or without a further referendum, through accepting the Prime Minister’s deal to leaving without a Withdrawal Agreement and trading on WTO terms.  People have said I should vote to to represent their view, rather than my own, notwithstanding the reality that voters in Wycombe have expressed every conceivable opinion on the way forward.  This goes to the […]

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