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Has Mr Clegg said No to English votes for English issues?

It appears that Mr Clegg and the Lib Dems are as determined as Labour to deny England any justice on our lop sided devolution settlement. Rumour has it that they turned down Mr Hague’s request to join Conservatives in voting through English votes for English issues. If they would add their votes to ours we […]

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Control of horses Bill

Last Friday this private members bill passed its second reading. I am glad it did so, and thought it would as it has government support. Some constituents have written in favour of the Bill, as it seeks to tighten the law to help prevent people fly grazing or otherwise failing to look after their horses […]

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Homes and mortgages

  At the peak in 2007 130,000 mortgages a month were being issued. House prices were rising, new buyers came into the market. The rise in interest rates and the credit crunch which the authorities organised in 2008-9 changed all that. Banks had to throttle back on new loans. Some individuals struggled to meet their […]

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Referendum Bill killed off by Lib Dems

I  faithfully attended Parliament in the last session  to support Mr Wharton’s private member’s bill to give us a referendum on our membership of the EU .  It was stopped in the  Lords by Labour and Lib Dem peers. In this session I attended to vote for Mr Neill’s private member’s bill. This was an […]

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The rise and rise of the SNP?

  The latest polls from Scotland all show the same picture. The Labour vote has fallen substantially, and the SNP vote has risen in its place. One poll on a small sample (YouGov) goes so far as to show the SNP on 42% and Labour as low as 27%.  This accentuates the move more than […]

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Recall of MPs

A number of constituents have contacted me about the Recall Bill. Last night, the Bill was debated in committee by the whole House. I supported the amendments put forward by Zac Goldsmith. I did so because I wanted a more democratic answer than Mr Clegg’s draft Bill. Unfortunately there were a number of problems with […]

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Big business and the Euro

  When I was committed to arguing the case to keep the UK out of the Euro I found the interventions of senior corporate representatives of some large multinationals  far from helpful. Some car companies  for example were in those days committed to our membership of the Euro. They   told us we should  join otherwise it would adversely affect their investment […]

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Northern speed

  I am all in favour of better transport links to speed faster growth in the northern cities. I look forward to reading an appraisal of the various options for the Leeds/Manchester routes that we hear about this morning. We need a good business appraisal of capacity requirements and the cost of  various options to […]

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The Ukrainian elections do not help resolve the crisis

  Yesterday’s elections in Ukraine did not apparently take place at all in at least 27 seats. The Crimea of course did not go to the polls as it was annexed by Russia. Parts of the Russian speaking east did not vote either, where rebels hold sway and where it was thought too difficult to […]

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Who is sovereign? That “Ship money” moment?

  Parliament in the UK established its power  by insisting that it should approve taxation before it was imposed by the King or Queen. When the Crown needed more money it had to summons Parliament. Parliament insisted on the redress of its grievances before voting the monarch the money he wanted. The fact that Kings and Queens  had […]

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    John Redwood has been the Member of Parliament for Wokingham since 1987. First attending Kent College, Canterbury, he graduated from Magdalen College, and has a DPhil from All Souls, Oxford. 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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