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Airport expansion

The London airport report recommends an extra runway and inclines towards building it at Heathrow, though it leaves open the possibility of Gatwick. I will study the report over the week-end and will send in formal representations to Ministers in due course. I would appreciate constituents’ views before I do so. In an interview today […]

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Mr Redwood’s speech on the Scotland Bill during the committee stage, 30 June 2015

John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): I think that the Committee wants to implement the spirit and the letter of Smith, and I look forward to hearing the Secretary of State’s response to the detailed arguments advanced by the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Dr Whiteford). I think, however, that when we are dealing with a […]

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Mr Juncker wants our pity as well as our money

Mr Juncker’s 29th June press conference is already infamous for his parting jibe that the Greeks should not commit suicide because they are afraid of death. There is a serious problem of suicide levels in Greece thanks to the economic misery the Euro and its policies have created. This made the remark crass. Talking of […]

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Railway improvement?

What should be on the agenda for the new Chairman of Network Rail? I would like him to start with an analysis of who the users of the railway are, and where the growth in passenger and freight demand might come? The opportunity seems to lie mainly in two big areas. The first is travel […]

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Mr Redwood’s contribution to the debate on the European Union (Finance) Bill, 23 June 2015

John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Has my hon. Friend seen the work of the so-called five presidents of the euro area, which sets out how they wish to press for full fiscal union, with a euro Treasury and a euro budget under central control. Will he assure the Committee that we will have nothing to do […]

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Mr Redwood’s contribution to the debate on Productivity, 17 June 2015

John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): The productivity puzzle can be understood and resolved. It is a combination of bad news and not such bad news. There was a sharp fall in productivity at the time of the crisis, because we lost a lot of very expensive output, a lot of people lost their jobs and the […]

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Mr Redwood’s speech during the committee stage of the European Union Referendum Bill, 16 June 2015

John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con) : I hope that, when the Government bring the Bill back on Report, they will give further consideration to the question of campaign spending limits. We are all freshly back from an energetic general election campaign, and one of the finest things about the United Kingdom’s traditions that ensure fair and […]

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Mr Redwood’s intervention during the committee stage of the European Union Referendum Bill, 16 June 2015

John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Would my hon. Friend like to confirm that it is a principle of fairness in all British elections and referendums that individuals—Ministers as well—participate on whichever side they wish under a single campaign, for yes or for no, which has proper controls over expenditure and publications? Does he also acknowledge that […]

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The euro versus democracy- a Greek tragedy

The Greek government’s wish to put the latest Euro area/IMF offer to voters for decision is a game changer. It has left a wounded and surprised Euro area fulminating against the way Greece behaves. The European Central Bank with the support of the Euro area has cut off all supply of Euro support to Greek […]

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What price a new railway?

Some of the most difficult emails or letters I receive tell me we need to nationalise the railways. I write back pointing out that is exactly what Labour did when they took over Railtrack and put it into 100% taxpayer ownership, and strengthened the controls of the state over the contracts of the individual train […]

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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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