Our policy on trees and how you can steer it


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Trees are often raised with me by local people in Wycombe.  The Conservative Party 2019 manifesto committed us to tree planting: We will invest in nature, helping us to reach our Net Zero target with a £640 million new Nature for Climate fund. Building on our support for creating a Great Northumberland Forest, we will reach an additional 75,000 acres of trees a year by the end of the next Parliament, as well as restoring our peatland. The Conservatives website […]

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Support for British Airways Workers


A number of constituents who live in Wycombe and work for British Airways have been in touch in recent weeks about the awful situation they are in due to the coronavirus crisis and BA’s response to it.  This is an appalling time for BA staff and their families. I have made a number of interventions to represent them, and in particular we have: Written to the Secretary of State for Transport to raise the concerns of constituents who had contacted […]

The Plan for Jobs


Today, the Chancellor announced our Plan for Jobs, worth up to £30 billion – to support people to find jobs, create new jobs through investment, and finally protect jobs by revitalising the hard-hit sectors upon which many jobs depend.  The Government have announced a range of measures – on top of the £160 billion plan to protect people’s jobs, incomes and businesses – to support, create and protect jobs. This includes: Rewarding and incentivising employers who successfully bring furloughed staff back […]

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Boost for Tourism and Hospitality in Wycombe


The Chancellor has announced a much-needed boost for tourism and hospitality businesses in Wycombe, as part of his Summer Economic Update to kickstart the economy post-coronavirus. The measures will see VAT for hospitality, accommodation and attraction businesses cut from 20 per cent to 5 per cent for six months. The move is designed to support the sectors which have been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, helping businesses to recover and boosting the number of jobs across the country. […]

Support for Theatres and Culture during Covid-19


Last week I asked the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support is being provided for theatres in Wycombe following discussions with the Wycombe Swan on how the current Covid-19 crisis is affecting local theatres and other cultural venues. The Minister of State for Culture and Digital replied: “To support the sustainability of the arts sector, including theatres, DCMS has worked closely with Arts Council England (ACE) to provide a tailored package of financial support. In March, ACE […]

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Tackling Unauthorised Traveller Camps


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Yesterday evening Travellers moved onto Hughenden Park. Within a day, they have left and moved on. This swift action was possible because of the High Court injunction Wycombe District Council obtained last year after the large number of unauthorised encampments on council-owned green spaces in July and August. The injunction allowed the current Council to speed-up the process of removing the Travellers. Last year I discussed the issue of Travellers with the Home Secretary, and again in May this year […]

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The Government’s ‘New Deal’


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We’re investing massively in education with over £14bn for primary and secondary education between now and 2023. We’re cracking down on the crime that blights too many streets and too many lives. We will build back a greener, more beautiful Britain. We will build better roads, rail and transport infrastructure. We will strengthen that incredible partnership between our four nations and drive economic growth in all parts of the country. We will build fantastic new homes to help young people […]

Support for Workers in the Aviation Industry


I, along with a group of cross-party MPs, have written a letter to the Chancellor urging him to agree a customised and flexible extension to the furlough scheme for the aviation, travel and tourism industries. I know many people living in Wycombe who work for British Airways have been in touch with me concerned about the uncertainty they face. The letter has been organised by Henry Smith MP and The Future of Aviation Group. In the letter, we call on the […]

Black Lives Matter.


Black lives matter. I cannot think of anyone who disagrees. And while it would be easy to reply, “all lives matter”, that would be a disservice to the thousands of people who have legitimate grievances about racism. That those grievances evidently continue today, after ten years of the Equality Act, is deeply troubling.  With mounting concern, I have been listening carefully to Black British people. It is clear the Conservative Party needs to move beyond our proud record of establishing […]

Buckinghamshire Recovery Investment Fund


As we recover from Coronavirus, I want Wycombe to bounce back better. That’s why I’m backing Buckinghamshire Recovery Investment Fund from Bucks Business First, Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Buckinghamshire Council. New grants of between £3,000 and £120,000 are now available to support businesses in Buckinghamshire looking to invest in resilience, repurposing or recovery initiatives as they prepare to overcome the challenges presented by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. The Buckinghamshire Recovery Investment Fund, provided by Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is part of a […]