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Mrs Merkel and climate change

Last week the  EU’s effective political leader Mrs Merkel said she was worried by the big gap between the views of the establishment who see climate change as the gravest  threat facing us and the climate sceptics who do not. She asked for a proper dialogue between the two sides, presumably to search out some common […]

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M4 King Street Lane – Bridge Concrete Repairs

I have received the enclosed response from Highways England about the M4 King Street Lane – Bridge Concrete Repairs. I have stressed the importance of this route to a local traffic system under great pressure and asked them to think again  about how they can minimise disruption.

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West Forest Sinfonia

I had the pleasure of attending the West Forest Sinfonia concert at Reading University Great Hall yesterday. Philip Ellis the Conductor gave an excellent talk telling us about the harmonic brilliance of Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Stravinksy who all figured in the programme. The Orchestra performed the Cinderella Suite, , the letter scene from Eugene Onedin […]

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Should the government cancel HS2?

I voted against HS2 when the decision in principle was made by Parliament. I did so because the business case for it was very weak. The forecasts of likely passenger numbers and revenues looked far too high. The negative impact on revenues and traveller numbers on the competing routes was not taken very seriously. The main […]

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Berkshire Fire Authority tax

When I was asked at a meeting to support a 7.5% increase in Council Tax for the Fire Authority I said I needed to see the financial case and to see their budget. They did not have this available at the meeting but promised to send it to me. They did not do so, so I […]

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Constitutional change?

I will soon be submitting some thoughts to the government on possible constitutional reform. The last Parliament submitted our constitution to a battering, as an alliance of MPs from all the Opposition parties aided by a few Conservatives who subsequently left the party worked with the Speaker and the law courts to delay or prevent […]

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Green growth

The EU tells us they are going to stimulate faster growth in the Euro area through commitment to faster decarbonisation. They have announced a “Green deal” with access to just Euro 7.5bn of transition funds to subsidise the losing areas that face closures of mines, coal power stations, gas plants, petro chemical plants and the […]

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Tackling street works

One of the worst features of past highways mismanagement in the UK has been the practice of putting water pipes, gas mains, phone and broadband wires and electricity cables down the middle of busy roads and covering them with large amounts of concrete and tarmac. The Highways authority has to grant access to the utility […]

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My intervention during the Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill, 21 January 2020

John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Does the hon. Gentleman think that people need to change their diets? How can we have more British-grown food? Luke Pollard (Plymouth Sutton and Devonport) (Lab): I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for raising that point. We need to talk about food miles much more. We need to be buying […]

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My contribution to the Westminster Hall debate on Growth Strategy, 21 January 2020

John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): I beg to move, That this House has considered the growth strategy for the UK. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. A most welcome change has occurred in economic policy since the advent of the new Prime Minister. We are now told that the aim of […]

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