Category Archives: Politics

Modern liberal conservatism

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 […]

Government support for the Self-Employed

The Government has announced a new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme to support those who work for themselves. The government will pay self-employed people, who have been adversely affected by the #coronavirus, a taxable grant worth 80% of their average income over the last three years, up to £2,500 per month, for at least three months. Self-employed people who are eligible can apply directly to HMRC for the grant, using a simple online form; HMRC will then pay the grant straight […]


Sign up to receive up to date information on Covid-19

For the most up to date information from the Government on Covid-19, sign up for email alerts below: Remember: Stay at home Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home) Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people Wash your hands as soon as you get home You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

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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 […]



From Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP, Steve Baker MP, Rob Butler MP,                                     Joy Morrissey MP, Greg Smith MP Coronavirus is having a huge impact on everyone.  Our thoughts are first and foremost with the families and loved ones of those who have died or are unwell. Many people’s lives are changing – whether it is working from home, self-isolating, not going to school or finding empty shelves in the supermarket. We know that this is a very worrying time. […]

Coronavirus: where to get information

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

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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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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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