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Big surge in tax revenue forecast – £105.2 billion this Parliament

The Autumn Statement forecasts higher tax revenues in every year of this Parliament compared with the March 2015 budget. In total the new estimates show us paying an extra £105 billion in tax over the five years, with increases of 4% in tax revenue compared to March forecast in both 2017-18 and 2018-19, with smaller […]

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Big increase in spending – £155 bn more this Parliament than March 2015 budget

The big surprise in the Statement is a large further increase in spending on top of the substantial increases announced in the June budget. In June the Chancellor raised the total spending planned for this Parliament  by £70 billion. In this Autumn Statement he has raised it by another £86 billion. Current year spending goes […]

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Who are the West’s enemies in the Middle East?

I have read enough to know how little I understand about the complex theological and political struggles within Islam, and about the large number of differing terrorist groups operating in the wider Middle East. I do not speak or read Arabic and have not read enough  of the literature or history of these  very different […]

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Mobile phone coverage in Wokingham

I have received the enclosed letter from Ofcom about mobile phone coverage in Wokingham: Dear John, In August we launched our online Mobile Coverage Checker to help consumers check the coverage they could expect anywhere in the UK. Using data from the four UK mobile phone network providers, our interactive map shows the predicted level […]

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Meeting with Minister on aircraft noise

Yesterday I chaired a meeting with the Aviation Minister, Mr Goodwill in my room at Westminster. Also present were Philip Lee, MP for Bracknell, and John Howell, MP for Henley, and two officials from the Transport department. I explained the background to the change of air routes over the 3 constituencies represented at the meeting. I […]

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Defending the UK

The Defence Review answers some of the criticisms  bloggers on this site have made in recent years. The order for new fast stealth fighter jets has been increased, meaning the new aircraft carriers will have planes to fly from them. The maritime reconnaissance role will be served by  new planes, after a gap in UK capability. […]

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Airport noise

Last week I held a meeting with an experienced airline pilot captain who has flown many times into and out of Heathrow.   He confirmed what many of us have worked out. NATs changes have meant there are more flights that are concentrated along the same route. The old dispersal pattern has been ended. There […]

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Brexit would be such sweet change

The EU is something which happens to us daily. It means laws we do not want, bills we do not want to pay. Those who urge us to stay in are usually the rich few older men who gave done well out of the EU themselves. A narrow elite of believers has been given the […]

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The noise abatement message on the M4

I have put the case to Minsters for more noise abatement on the M4, and am doing so again in conjunction with Wokingham Borough representations to the Planning Inspector. I am asking for noise barriers as well as lower noise surfaces on all sections of the M4 running past affected residential areas in my constituency, […]

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Councillor Norman Jorgensen urges more noise abatement on M4

News on the Highways England proposal for the M4 Junctions 3 to 12 Smart Motorway I attended and spoke on noise abatement and local traffic at the Planning Inspectorate Open Floor Hearing in Reading on 16 November. It was good that several other Earley residents also spoke. Highways England has already agreed to use lower […]

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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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