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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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If you care about lifting the poor into prosperity, vote Conservative


6 May 2010 Dear Chief Secretary, I’m afraid there is no money. With regards – and good luck! Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne’s note to his Conservative successor. That was Labour’s legacy to the Conservative-led coalition government of 2010: “I’m afraid there is no money.” It’s always the same: Labour promise great things for the poor, then fail, wreck the economy and leave unemployment higher than they inherited. To explore their recent record of failure, even in […]

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Keeping our streets safe


It is the Prime Minister’s priority to make our streets safer. We are hiring 183 more police officers for Thames Valley Police by the end of 2020-21 as part of our target to recruit 20,000 more police officers over the next three years to cut crime and keep people safe.  We will give them the powers, kit and backing they need – like extending their powers to stop and search and reviewing sentences so that we can keep serious criminals […]

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Supporting every child – schools


Every child should have the chance to succeed in life. And that starts with access to a good school place, no matter their background or where they live. That’s why we are increasing school funding by £14 billion over the next three years, with those areas historically underfunded receiving the greatest increase. And we’re supporting teachers to manage their workload while also improving standards and discipline. We want every parent to be confident that their children are getting the best […]

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The Urgent Treatment Centre at Wycombe Hospital


When I stood for election in 2015 and 2017, I said I was demanding an NHS Urgent Treatment Centre at Wycombe Hospital, which is classed by the NHS as a Type 3 A&E. I am delighted our Urgent Treatment Centre was officially opened in December 2018. The Centre is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is led by GPs and staffed by doctors and nurses. You can just turn-up at the centre if you need urgent, […]

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We must stamp out the corruption of elections in Wycombe


A number of constituents have been in touch with me following the announcement in the Queen’s Speech that legislation will be introduced to require voters to show photographic identification at polling stations in future elections. (The requirement does not apply to this election.)  Many say electoral corruption is not a widespread problem or that requiring voter ID is too draconian a measure.  I completely disagree.  Most law-abiding citizens in the Wycombe constituency would be shocked if they knew the extent of […]

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NHS Infrastructure and waiting times for GP appointments


I recently asked sent a number of Written Parliamentary Questions to the Department of Health and Social Care. I asked the Department what steps were being taken to build and renovate hospitals over the next ten years; and what steps were being taken to reduce GP waiting times in Wycombe. You can read the full answers below, but I was pleased that: Around £2.4 billion has been awarded since July 2017 to modernise and transform the NHS’s buildings and services. […]

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Kashmir Update: Written Parliamentary Questions to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office


I recently tabled a number of Written Parliamentary Questions to Ministers in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on Kashmir. You can read my questions and the FCO’s answers below. Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports of alleged human rights abuses in Indian-administered Kashmir; and if he will make a statement. Answer: Mrs Heather Wheeler:  ?We recognise that there are human rights concerns in […]

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Get a MOOve on Defra!


Whilst the majority of my constituents live in High Wycombe there are substantial rural areas in the Wycombe constituency.  Most of the countryside is in the Green Belt or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and about 20 per cent of my constituents live in country villages. I was pleased to be able to meet farmer Nick Mansfield recently to discuss some of the challenges facing local farmers, talking about animal welfare, environmental stewardship and TB.  Nick took me to land […]

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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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