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Wokingham Times, 16 October

This week brings a new station to Wokingham. It’s been a long wait, with plenty of disappointments on the way, but it was worth waiting for. I have also had the pleasure of looking at the new surgery complex taking shape between Rose Street and Peach Street. This will offer better rooms and facilities for […]

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Wokingham Times

Last week the national newspapers splashed the story that MPs expenses for the year 2013-13 were higher than in 2009, the last year under the old system. The national media made much of the fact that expenses had hit a new high. This is despite the strict reductions IPSA imposed on what MPs could claim […]

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Wokingham Times article, 4 September

Parliament had a good week last week. We stopped the UK going to war in Syria. It all began before the Parliamentary recess. I joined 80 other Conservative colleagues and sent a letter to the Prime Minister saying that if they wished to change their Syrian policy at any time they needed to recall Parliament, […]

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There are welcome signs that the UK economy is recovering. Estate agents report more transactions, allowing people to move home more easily. There is more building work going on, and service sector orders are up. It is still tough for some. It is hard work running a shop, with more goods now being bought on […]

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Last Friday MPs at last had a chance to vote for a referendum on the EU. The Commons Chamber was packed, an unusual sight on a Friday. It soon became clear that if we wanted to get a vote and a decision before the end of business, some of us had to be willing to […]

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This week the Chancellor will announce how much extra money it thinks the government should spend in 2015-16. Although all the talk is about cuts in public spending in certain departments, the overall total spending will continue to rise, as it has been doing all through this Parliament. Big areas like welfare, pensions, health and […]

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Wokingham Times, 12 June

Many people in the UK want a new relationship with the EU. Indeed, so many have warmed to this idea in the recent Prime MInisterial speech on the topic, that now all the pressure is on him to get on and deliver it far sooner than he proposed or thought possible. Many want it now, […]

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Wokingham Times

I awoke to the Today programme last week with a message to me from Nick Clegg. He told me and the other Eurosceptic Conservative MPs to stop playing games and to concentrate on the things needed to create more jobs and tackle the cost of living. This was a foolish message for him to send […]

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Wokingham Times

The issue of Europe will not go away, much though the federalists wish it would. The BBC have gone back to saying the Conservatives are obsessed by Europe and split over it. The truth is somewhat different. Most Conservatives want the UK Parliament and government to be able to make decisions in the interest of […]

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Wokingham Times, 1 May

The UK economy grew at an annualised rate of just 1.2% in the first three months of 2013, whilst the US economy grew at double the pace by 2.5%. I Have been urging the government to ask why, and to copy more of the policies that the USA has used to get better growth. Some […]

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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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