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Modern liberal conservatism

Weekly round-up #Working4Wycombe


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What I have been up to this week #Working4Wycombe: Signed the Holocaust Education Trust’s Book of Commitment and attended the House of Commons Holocaust Memorial day Ceremony on behalf of Wycombe. Met with President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, to receive a briefing on the current situation in South Asia. Met with the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain. Visited the HSBC Bank on Cornmarket to learn about the safe spaces they are offering […]

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A local plea to detoxify comment on my social media


After receiving the following email from a constituent – which I publish by permission – I decided to take new steps to detoxify comment on my social media: I am writing to you after having spoken to [XXX] about how horrified and upset I get when I go to your FB account. I love seeing the posts and photos of the various places you go in my town and the local organisations you visit and then promote.  What I hate […]

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Weekly round-up #Working4Wycombe


What I have been up to this week #Working4Wycombe: Attended the launch of the British Muslim Civil Society report Celebrated Thai Pongal at an event in Parliament Met with MPs to discuss the NI Budget Bill Received a routine briefing on the NHS in Buckinghamshire Attended the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference in Dublin Met with constituents to discuss and offer assistance on several local issues As ever, pursued a range of issues, and made ministerial representations, for local people and businesses […]

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Weekly round-up #Working4Wycombe


What I have been up to this week #Working4Wycombe: Visited RH Amar in the Cressex Business Park to learn about the investment Railpen is making to regenerate the Castle Estate Set out the Government’s work to address pressures on the NHS Received a briefing on future industrial action and how it may affect those in Wycombe Held my regular catch-up with the Superintendent of Thames Valley Police in Wycombe Pledged my support to the LGBT+ community in Wycombe and beyond, […]

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My Thoughts on Tolerance


Earlier this week, I put out on my social media a short tweet in support of the LGBT+ community. My office and I viewed it as a simple and benign tweet in support of a campaign run by LGBT+ Conservatives. It was an elected member of Parliament expressing the view that a community should be able to live their lives free from hate. In 2023, this should be uncontroversial. My staff and I viewed it as so. We were extraordinarily […]

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A response to Wycombe Labour’s Open Letter


I have received an open letter from the Labour candidate for Wycombe about the action we are taking to help address the pressures on the NHS in the constituency. The full text of my response can be found below: “Dear Emma, Thank you for your campaign email about the NHS. I do not usually help my partisan opponents by responding to their open letters: it is a diversion from serving Wycombe residents. Exceptionally, I am replying with some wider points to correct some of the claims […]

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Why I am Removing Trolls from my Social Media


As an MP since 2010, I am used to having abuse hurled at me. Every Member of Parliament gets used to it, often from our time as candidates. To an extent, facing anger is part of being what one pillar of our community described as being the safety valve on the pressure cooker that is society. But things daily go too far. Apart from several threats of death and grievous assault, vicious abuse under my posts on social media has […]

An Agenda For Action: Reducing Racial Inequality in Modern Britain


My Foreword to An Agenda For Action: Reducing Racial Inequality in Modern Britain – “Every time I read my name, every time I write my name, every time I hear my name, every time I say my name, I am reminded I am descended from slaves.” That is how one apolitical British Caribbean lady explained to me why Black History Month matters to her. The experience cemented in my mind the vital importance of seeing the other person’s point of […]

My Statement on the UK-Pakistan Returns Agreement


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On Wednesday 17 August 2022, the Home Secretary announced she signed a landmark agreement with Pakistan to return foreign criminals and immigration offenders from the UK to Pakistan.  Please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/priti-patel-signs-landmark-returns-deal-with-pakistan.   The agreement with Pakistan is among a series of Returns Agreements signed by the Home Secretary in fifteen months under the Government’s “New Plan for Immigration” to tackle illegal migration.  For example, in May 2021, the UK-India Partnership Migration Deal was signed.  Please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-and-india-sign-ground-breaking-partnership-migration-deal.   I welcome these agreements […]

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Defaulting on the Welfare State


It is vital that MPs consider the serious implications of our current public debt commitments and public debt projections. On current projections, the UK will default on its welfare state commitments, including those related to pensions. We must move our debt projections to a sustainable path. The reports that this briefing looks at highlight the need to take a long-term view of our public finances.

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