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Changes to Stop and Search

One of my guiding principles is equality under the law.  For us all to live peaceably with each other we must feel that everyone is treated fairly by the police and judicial system.  This is why it was good to see the Home Secretary has announced reforms to stop and search. In Wycombe, there are a large number of people from minority backgrounds. Official figures show that if you are from a non-white background you are up to six times […]

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Government changes policy over causing death or serious injury while disqualified.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced that the Government has changed its policy on causing death or serious injury on the roads through driving while disqualified. Now, if the person who caused an accident leading to someone’s death is found to be already disqualified from driving, the driver will face up to 10 years imprisonment. National Chairman of MAG – the Motorcycle Action Group -, John Mitchell says, “MAG has been campaigning for a change to the sentencing guidelines for a […]

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Constituency surgeries and the need for general rules

When I hold a constituency surgery, someone will usually ask me to set aside rules which are producing outcomes that cause them real problems. Thankfully, I can’t do it and I would not want to despite my desire to help. In travelling as a politician, particularly to Pakistan and Equatorial Guinea, I have observed that those places with the worst levels of poverty and injustice lack two strong, functioning institutions of which the UK is rightly proud: Parliamentary democracy and […]

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Theresa May announces a consultation on stop and search

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, yesterday announced Government plans for a six-week public consultation on police powers of stop and search in England and Wales. You can read Mrs May’s statement to the House of Commons in full here.

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Finance Bill Committee coming to an end today

Today is the last day of the committee stage of this year’s Finance Bill. Details of all stages may be found here. I confess I look forward to it being over. I have been on the Committee since 23 April, making a sincere attempt to scrutinise every clause and promote my constituents’ interests. I spoke frequently, often criticising measures for one reason or another. I have certainly learned a great deal of the detail about the state of our country’s […]

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The Prime Minister’s statement on the Woolwich incident

The Prime Minister’s statement on the attack in Woolwich may be found here. He opened his statement: What happened yesterday in Woolwich has sickened us all. On our televisions last night – and in our newspapers this morning – we have all seen images that are deeply shocking. The people who did this were trying to divide us. They should know: something like this will only bring us together and make us stronger. Today our thoughts are with the victim […]

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Seven men charged with a catalogue of sexual offences in Op Ribbon

As the Bucks Free Press has reported, seven Pakistani-British men have been charged with a catalogue of the most serious sexual offences.  They must now face a fair trial so that justice is done. Everyone remains innocent until proven guilty and nothing must be allowed to prejudice just convictions. Let us not forget that, somewhere, protected by a court order, there is a real victim going through recovery. There will be other victims, whether or not related to this case, and […]

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The Wycombe Muslim Communication Forum response to charges brought in Operation Ribbon

Following the charges brought in Operation Ribbon, I welcome the following press release from Wycombe Muslim Communication Forum: The Wycombe Muslim Communication Forum (WMCF) unequivocally condemns the alleged sexual offences that have been carried out in High Wycombe currently being reported in the media. These offences are intolerable and deplorable. Protecting our entire community in High Wycombe is of paramount importance and any appropriate measures taken to arrest charge and prosecute perpetrators of such offences and to safeguard and protect vulnerable […]

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Operation Ribbon update from Police Area Commander, Supt Gilbert Houalla

This is the latest update I have received in relation to Operation Ribbon from Area Commander, Supt Gilbert Houalla: It is unfortunate that this particular case has happened in Wycombe but this type of crime happens nationally and affects all sections of the community. Following the arrest of seven men with offences in relation to child exploitation and now it is important for us to continue to offer support to the whole community, including any victims and their families while […]

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Operation Ribbon arrests in High Wycombe this morning

This morning, police arrested 8 men in High Wycombe for alleged sexual exploitation of a young girl over a number of years. She is still under 18. A detailed statement has been released by Thames Valley Police. Further information is available on the Thames Valley Police Facebook page. The alleged offences are utterly vile and all decent people will join in condemning them. I wish Thames Valley Police and the Crown Prosecution Service every success in securing just convictions of the guilty and long […]

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