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Written Parliamentary Question to the Treasury on a new global platform agreement for financial services.


I recently wrote to the Treasury to ask what steps they will take steps to establish a new global platform agreement for financial services. The Minister, John Glen MP, replied: The UK has extensive global financial services ties with both leading advanced markets and emerging markets. When we leave the EU, we will have new tools at our disposal, which we will take advantage of to enhance our key financial services relationships. These include the chance to forge deep bilateral […]

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15 Brexit negotiating errors Boris must fix


The following is an extract from an article which first appeared in full in the Telegraph online on 27 July 2019 under the headline, “Why I rejected the offer of a Ministerial post in Boris Johnson’s glittering new government”: bit.ly/NoJobBetterThanABadJob. We urgently need to correct some vital structural problems in our negotiations. The restoration of Cabinet collective responsibility is the first step. Long may it last. Of course, Boris has fixed the problem of our restrictive over-interpretation of the duty of sincere […]

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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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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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Fighting Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking


Recently, my team and I attended a training session on modern slavery provided in Wycombe by Hope For Justice, a charity which aims to bring an end to modern slavery by rescuing victims, restoring lives, and reforming society. I remain truly shocked about the scale of the problem in the UK. Slavery and human trafficking exists in almost every town and city across the UK. I’m appalled that the moral outrage of slavery persists in the UK today, so many years after […]

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Video: Please vote Conservative on June 8


General Election 2017 is the most important in our lifetimes. As the campaign has progressed, the choice facing our country has become clearer. For more on local issues, please see: http://www.stevebaker.info/tag/wycombe/ And on our hospital, please see: http://www.stevebaker.info/tag/hospital/ You can find my speech on a new kind of Urgent Treatment Centre here (at the time, the NHS used the term “Urgent Care Centre”): http://www.stevebaker.info/2015/01/urgent-care-at-wycombe-hospital/ Please vote Conservative on June 8. [Please comment on this post on Facebook.]

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Question to the PM – the time for Project Fear is over


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Yesterday, I had the following exchange with the Prime Minister during the statement on the triggering of Article 50, which began the process of our exit from the European Union: Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con) Since the vote, the economic news has confounded expectations. Economists for Free Trade have told us how WTO rules with the right policies can cut consumer prices and raise GDP, and the Legatum Institute special trade commissioners have given us every reason to believe that […]

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Tomorrow, the Prime Minister will trigger Article 50


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From my daily briefing: Tomorrow, the Prime Minister will trigger Article 50: delivering on the verdict of the British people to leave the European Union. We stand on the threshold of a significant moment for Britain as we begin the negotiations that will lead us towards a new partnership with Europe. The referendum vote last June was about something more than simply leaving the European Union. It was a vote for change: to make Britain stronger and fairer – restoring […]

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Notes on past votes to protect girls from FGM and gender-selection abortion


Today, I met Wycombe High School politics students to answer their questions on a wide range of subjects. I was asked about this vote on Public Whip, which the student had interpreted as being against girl’s interests. It stands as a lesson in how difficult it can be to properly follow events and interpret votes in the House of Commons: I was acting to increase protection for girls. In answering the question without advance notice, I regret I confused two votes. In both cases, […]

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