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Weekly round-up #Working4Wycombe


What I have been up to this week #Working4Wycombe: Urged ministers to prioritise the funding of Bucks Fire & Rescue Service in the Local Government Funding Debate. You can read my speech in Hansard here Wrote to the Transport Minister to follow up on questions from last week’s Adjournment Debate on driving tests in High Wycombe. I have published my letter to the minister on my Facebook here Launched the report, ‘Rising to the Challenge – A Community’s Response to […]

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Weekly round-up #Working4Wycombe


What I have been up to this week #Working4Wycombe:  Secured the future of driving tests in High Wycombe. You can watch the Adjournment Debate I led in full here: https://www.facebook.com/SteveBakerWycombe/videos/757902101486418 Welcomed £12m of investment in our high street. You can read about what this substantial funding will do for High Wycombe in another blog post here: https://www.stevebaker.info/2021/02/debate-on-the-towns-fund/ Stood with the President of Azad Kashmir & the Pakistan High Commissioner on Kashmir Solidarity Day Supported #WorldCancerDay with Cancer Research UK. Read […]

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Debate on the Towns Fund


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It is great news High Wycombe has received £11.89 million from the Future High Streets Fund to help reshape and renew our town centre. This substantial funding should help Wycombe’s long-term growth, by helping our Council transform our high street into a vibrant hub for generations, creating and supporting jobs. It will also set out to ensure future sustainability in the modern age where online shopping has soared and we need affordable homes. I know Buckinghamshire Council is committed to […]

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Weekly round-up #Working4Wycombe


What I have been up to this week #Working4Wycombe: Had a call with UK Weddings Taskforce to support the recovery of wedding businesses Put my name to a cross-party public letter to go to the Minister in support for the UK Weddings Industry Spoke in an Urgent Question on the Government’s plan for the reopening of educational settings, raising my support for the ‘Us for Them’ campaign and calling on the Government to reopen schools or quantify the harms and […]

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Consideration of Lords amendments – Trade Bill


Today the House of Commons is discussing the genocide amendment to the Trade Bill.    There are some appalling atrocities happening around the world – for example, against the Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang, the human rights abuses in Kashmir, and there are continuing concerns in Sri Lanka.   But the UN has found itself incapable of responding. We certainly need change.  First, Government should bring in a new UK human rights policy to ensure we can respond unilaterally and multilaterally when gross human rights abuses […]

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Weekly round-up #Working4Wycombe


What I have been up to this week #Working4Wycombe: Spoke in the Government’s response to forced labour in Xinjiang. You can find a summary of this on a Twitter thread and on another blog post: https://twitter.com/stevebakerhw/status/1349062699569864704 and https://www.stevebaker.info/2021/01/the-governments-response-to-forced-labour-in-xinjiang/ Called on Dominic Raab and his colleagues at FCDO to take the situation in Kashmir as seriously as the situation in China. You can watch this in a Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/SteveBakerHW/status/1349319993700331520 Wrote a letter to Nigel Adams in his role as FCDO […]

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£702,736 in Government funding for cultural organisations in Wycombe


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As part of the £1 billion Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF), six cultural sites in Wycombe have received funding through the CRF, totalling £702,736. This money will ensure our arts and heritage sites survive throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The CRF has to date protected at least 75,000 jobs across the arts sector, with 70% of revenue grants and 87% of capital grants allocated outside of London. The programme has been overseen by an independent Culture Recovery Board, made up of industry […]

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UK-Canada Trade Agreement


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Following my timely question to the Trade Secretary on Thursday, I am delighted that the United Kingdom has secured a trade agreement with Canada, one of our oldest and closest friends. This was agreed on a video call on 21 November between Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and her Canadian counterpart, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng. This trade agreement will: Provide continuity in trade between […]

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My View on the BBC Licence Fee for Over-75s


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After speaking with some of my constituents about TV licences for the over-75s, I promised to provide my view. The BBC’s decision to stop funding free TV licences for most over-75s is disappointing. The Government’s position on the licence fee is as follows:  It is important to note that this was the BBC’s decision and not the Government’s, after Parliament legislated to give the BBC the full responsibility from 2020. This was part of a deal the Government reached with […]

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Update on the Department for Education’s ‘Get Help With Technology’ Programme


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At the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, IT equipment was rolled out rapidly by the Department for Education to deliver an ambitious programme, enabling children to access remote education. A group of leading IT service providers and equipment manufacturers rose to the challenge – working with the Government to achieve the goal. As we approach the second part of the autumn term, the Department’s approach will ensure allocations are more effectively targeted to the children and schools that have the […]

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