Category Archives: Politics

Modern liberal conservatism

Why it is to the UK’s advantage to leave the EU


Looking at the state of politics around Europe, I remain convinced it is to the UK’s advantage to leave the EU. The prospects for our nation are good. For all the high ideals towards which the EU seeks to strive, it is in an existential crisis, as Jean Claude Juncker said in his 2016 State of the Union Address. As events have developed in the three years since that speech, we have seen distressing scenes in France where weeks of […]

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The Referendum Result in the Wycombe Constituency


The EU Referendum was a national vote, counted on council areas and not by constituencies. This means we have the result for Wycombe District but not Wycombe constituency.  Wycombe constituency contains about three fifths of the voters in the District as a whole, with the remainder coming from the Aylesbury, Beaconsfield and Buckingham parliamentary constituencies. The respective boundaries are indicated in the Ordnance Survey Election Map below. The pink lines are district boundaries and the black constituencies.  Voting papers from […]

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We must stand firm and reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal or we will live to regret it


The following article first appeared in the Telegraph on 20 March 2019. It may be accessed here: bit.ly/WAStandFirm. The one advantage of the Cabinet’s Withdrawal Agreement is that it would allow us to claim Brexit on March 29. Of course, some colleagues are attracted to it – but the British people have already spotted a dud deal. According to ComRes polling yesterday, 54 per cent say it does not deliver. Just 14 per cent approve. If we put this agreement through and Theresa May […]

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Who governs and by what authority?


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This article was originally published with minor edits by the Sunday Telegraph under the headline, “Theresa May’s deal was a Brexit betrayal – but our country and our institutions can arise renewed“. It can be accessed at the Telegraph via bit.ly/WhoGoverns.  Since then, the Prime Minister has sought to work with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. Here is the unedited version. On Thursday evening, I decided to support the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. By the grace of God, I changed my mind […]

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NHS Long Term Plan


I was pleased to see the Government outline the NHS Long Term Plan, an historic moment for patients in Wycombe and across the country, which will protect the health service now and for generations to come, ensuring the NHS is always there for you and your family. Thanks to the Government’s investment of £20.5 billion a year in real terms by 2023-24, the Long Term Plan will transform patient care and seek to ensure every penny of taxpayer’s money is […]

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Conservative achievements in 2018


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In 2018, Conservatives in government cut taxes, invested in our public services and continued to back working people. We have done this by: 1. Setting out how we will provide an extra £20.5 billion for the NHS by 2023-24 as part of our long- term plan for the NHS. We are providing £394 million extra a week for the NHS as part of a historic five-year budget settlement. This is an average real terms increase of 3.4 per cent a […]

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My position on the Prime Minister’s EU exit deal


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Thank you to everyone who has written to me about the Prime Minister’s proposed Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future relationship of the UK with the EU. 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.  I remain convinced that only two […]

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Changes to Local Government in Buckinghamshire


At last, we have a decision by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on local government reorganisation: Buckinghamshire will have one single unitary authority. You can read the Secretary of State’s decision here. All the Councils in Buckinghamshire agreed the current system of county and district councils could not go on. My first concern is to ensure the people of Wycombe receive the best quality service from local government, responding to local concerns and with local accountability […]

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Speech on the launch of the 2018 Poppy Appeal


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This Poppy Appeal, The Royal British Legion is leading the Nation in saying ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world. In both terms of scale and its drawing upon modern industrialised resources, the First World War was like no other that had gone before it. Its impact upon states, societies, institutions and individuals meant no man, woman or child was left unaffected. It was a war that would shape the course of […]

It’s Imperative We Help Those Families Most In Need


Today, I have released a video explaining why the County Council is right to change the way it supports families with identified needs. I want to make sure families in need get the right help when they need it most.  Unfortunately, statistics show that too often those who need help do not get it. Our County Council spends approximately £10m a year on its Early Help Services, which support families experiencing difficulties, addressing problems such as parenting, school attendance, budgeting, […]

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