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Record GCSE Results for Wokingham Students

Many congratulations to the Wokingham GCSE students who have yet again achieved higher grades than last year’s, defying the national trend of falling passes.  This is the third year running that Wokingham borough students have improved their grades. This year, 70.6 per cent of students obtained five or more A* to C grades, including English […]

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Russia and Ukraine

There are reports of further tensions in the eastern parts of Ukraine where fighting continues between pro Russian rebel forces and the Ukrainian government military. There are also reports of concentrations of Russia power along the border and in Crimea. This provides a difficult background to Theresa May’s stated intention to improve UK-Russian relations. I […]

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The agony of Syria

The heart wrenching photo of a five year old boy startled and wounded by bombing in Syria has been a wake up call the world of the ugliness and violence of the continuing Syrian civil war. Unfortunately that one boy stands as a symbol for many more children who have been killed or badly wounded […]

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The UK housing market does well post the vote.Even the CBI cheers up a bit

Many commentators, stock market participants and surveyors have been warning us that housebuilding and the homes market will be badly damaged by the vote to leave the EU. We were told to expect an immediate shock to confidence, leading to falling purchases and plunging prices.   Yesterday a leading housebuilder, Persimmon, brought us up to […]

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More EU or better EU?

Mrs Merkel went to Ventotene yesterday to meet the Italian and French leaders to try out her latest sound bite. She says she wants a better EU, not more EU. The meeting however was full of images and associations pointing to more integration and more EU. Ventotene itself was chosen as the island where Spinelli […]

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Well done to Team GB at the Olympics

That was a great result. The large number of  medal winners , and the even larger number of competitors from the UK who also put in brilliant world class performances is a tribute to their hard work, dedication and skill. The nation is rightly proud of them all. It is a fine thing to reach Olympic […]

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News from the doorsteps

Every Saturday a Conservative team goes door to door asking voters for their thoughts on local and national matters. In recent weeks the emphasis has shifted back from the referendum and the EU issue, to being predominantly local matters. Last Saturday when I joined local Councillors in Earley who are most assiduous in keeping in touch […]

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UK membership of NATO

To me the Treaty we signed to help establish NATO is a model international agreement. It is short, straight forward, and preserves our freedom for independent action. Any party may leave the Treaty Agreement one year after giving notice. When NATO is considering taking action each member state can determine how and whether  it wishes to […]

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Political lunch in Wokingham

On Friday I was the guest of the Wokingham Conservative Lunch Club. I gave them a talk about the prospects for the new government of Theresa May, discussing the potential for the economy, industry and home ownership. I also talked about how Brexit should be handled to avoid economic damage. We are leaving the EU, […]

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What is the single market?

Many of the people who tell me we must stay in the single market are usually unable to define it. Before deciding what our relationship with it should be, it is first important to understand it. I was given several difficult jobs in government that I would not have asked for but was prepared to […]

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    John Redwood won a free place at Kent College, Canterbury, He graduated from Magdalen College Oxford, has a DPhil and is a fellow of All Souls College. A businessman by background, he has been a director of NM Rothschild merchant bank and chairman of a quoted industrial PLC.

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