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Sir Michael Fallon is too late to veto the European army

I found Sir Michael’s statement that he will continue to veto a European army all the time the UK remains in the EU perplexing. Now we are leaving I do not see it is any business of ours to veto what they are going to do when we leave. It just annoys the very countries […]

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The opening of Bohunt School

I opened the new Bohunt School in Arborfield on Friday afternoon. It is the first new secondary school in Wokingham Borough for many years, and will grow rapidly from today’s 100 pupils as each new class joins in the next few years. I toured the excellent school premises, visited teachers and pupils in their classrooms, […]

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A vision for the EU?

As the 27 meet at Bratislava I thought I should offer the opportunity to all EU lovers to write in with what they would like the 27 to agree as their new “vision” for the EU. All the main players going to the meeting tell us they will pause for serious and honest reflection about […]

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Flooding issues

I have been contacted about excessive water run off in the Reading Road and flood problems at Keep Hatch. I have taken these up with Wokingham Borough Council who are responding to the problems.

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Advice from the Environment Agency on flooding

The EA say: “I am writing to update you on the current rainfall that we have experienced overnight (Thursday 15 September) and that will continue into Friday. The flooding so far has been from surface water run-off. The local authorities are leading on the response and we are offering support to our local partners and […]

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The Bank edges its economic forecast up! Hinkley goes ahead

Just as I predicted, the Bank of England has to admit it has been too pessimistic. Yesterday the small increase in the Q3 forecast was the bare minimum they had to do, as many of the numbers for Q3 are now in and their forecast was looking silly. Retail sales were up a thumping 6.2% […]

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Wrong forecasts and good jobs figures

Before the referendum campaign Remain advocates told us the uncertainty generated by the referendum vote would hit our economy. It didn’t. During the referendum campaign proper, the Remain campaign aided by the Treasury and the Bank of England, the IMF and many investment banks, told us the economy would be badly damaged by the vote […]

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A question of trust

I do not have a vote or a voice in the US election, and am not on anyone’s side. The contest is, however, more than usually interesting and important as Presidential elections go, because the US faces a choice between two such very different candidates. This result will have a measurable impact on our economy […]

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I agree with the TUC

The TUC and the warring Labour party both agree that the UK’s minimum standards for employees, often set out in EU law, should not be watered down. I agree. I find it curious that both bodies make this their central campaign as we come out of the EU, when as far as I am aware […]

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Sport in MInd

I met Neil Harris today he set up the Sport in Mind charity. It offers sports participation for people with mental health problems, operating across a wide range of sports. It works with Councils like Wokingham Borough and with Sport England. I was impressed by what I learned of their work. They have assisted many […]

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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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