Written Parliamentary Questions to the Treasury on the Loan Charge


Shortly before Christmas I wrote to the Treasury to raise a number of issues relating to the Loan Charge. I know this issue effects many of my constituents and over the last two years a number have contacted me about it, for which I am grateful. At the end of 2018 I led a Westminster Hall debate about the Loan Charge, where I object to retrospective legislation that undermines the rule of law. You can read more about the debate here. […]

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Written Parliamentary Questions to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office


The week before the Christmas break, I submitted a number of Written Parliamentary Questions to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. I was pleased yesterday to receive a response on the issues I raised, and you can read them in full below. I asked the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir, what recent assessment has been made of the human rights situation effecting Uyghur Muslims in China, what effect the Indian Governments changes to its constitution is […]

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£263 million to help local authorities tackle homelessness


In 2018 the Homelessness Reduction Act came into force, representing the most ambitious reform to homelessness legislation in decades. The Act put new duties on local authorities to take reasonable steps to prevent or relieve a person’s homelessness. The Government has committed to eliminating rough sleeping in the term of this parliament. In December the Government announced the allocation of £263 million in funding to local authorities designed to support them to deliver services to tackle homelessness. I was pleased […]

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Investing in our NHS


I was pleased to receive a letter from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, outlining the Government’s determination to deliver on our manifesto commitment to the NHS. I know how important the NHS and Wycombe Hospital are to my constituents, and was delighted to have Matt visit Wycombe Hospital back in November to discuss investment in transformational digital technology and our estate. As part of the Queen’s Speech, the Government have set out their plans […]

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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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