Category Archives: Debates

Mr Redwood’s contribution to the backbench debate on the Select Committee on Governance of the House

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): This is a crucial decision and we need to make it in a timely and sensible way. We stand on the threshold of momentous constitutional events. We might even lose a country from our United Kingdom, or we might go into a period of fundamental constitutional change with a massive […]

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Mr Redwood’s intervention during the Statement on the EU Council, Security and Middle East, 1 September 2014

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Do not recent events show the need for us to control our own borders? Should not that be central to our new relationship with the EU, so that its weakest border is not our border? The Prime Minister (Mr David Cameron): Of course, we are not members of Schengen, so […]

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Mr Redwood’s intervention during Work & Pensions Questions, 1 September 2014

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Is not the question of who gets a benefit from this country, or who comes to stay in this country, a matter for this Parliament, not for the EU? The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mr Iain Duncan Smith): That is exactly the point that I have been […]

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Mr Redwood’s intervention during the debate on the UK’s Justice and Home Affairs Opt-outs, 10th July 2014

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Does the Home Secretary understand that either this House is sovereign in criminal justice or the European Union is, and that if we opt into this measure, the European Union becomes sovereign? She has rightly pointed out lots of defects with the arrest warrant, but once we have given away […]

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Mr Redwood’s speech during the debate on the Finance Bill, 1 July 2014

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Let me deal first with an old canard from the Labour Benches that is simply untrue and unfair: the idea that Conservatives welcome tax cuts for the rich, but do not think that tax cuts are appropriate for anybody else. Government Members believe strongly that tax cuts work for everybody, […]

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Mr Redwood’s intervention during the Statement on the European Council, 30 June 2014

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): I congratulate the Prime Minister on—[Interruption.] It is now time for all sensible political leaders to argue for the UK. We are not in the euro and we do not want to join the political union. Only with strong leadership can we have a relationship that makes sense for Britain. […]

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Mr Redwood’s contribution to the Statement on Birmingham Schools, 9 June 2014

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): When will we see the Secretary of State’s statement of British values, which I fully support, as I do his whole approach? The Secretary of State for Education (Michael Gove): We will consult on the statement of British values shortly.

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Mr Redwood’s contribution in response to the Gracious Speech, 4 June 2014

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister was right to say that what matters most in the year ahead is that the economic recovery, which is now under way and speeding up, needs to be supported and developed. The whole House agrees that we want people to be better off. […]

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Mr Redwood’s intervention during the Statement on AstraZeneca (Pfizer Bid), 6 May 2014

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): I would like the Secretary of State to clarify the legal position, because it seems to me that, under the law the previous Government introduced, Ministers were going to stay out of all these decisions, which would be trusted to an independent body; and that, under the 2004 European Union […]

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Mr Redwood’s interventions during the debate on the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill, 28 April

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Does the Secretary of State agree that we are talking today about a very big item of public spending, not an investment, because the business case makes it very clear that none of the debt can be repaid out of fare revenue and much of the interest in the early […]

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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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