Category Archives: Debates

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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Mr Redwood’s contribution to the Finance (No.2) Bill, 8 April

Mr Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): I remind the House that I offer advice for an industrial company and an investment company, although not on these subjects. I thought that the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Shabana Mahmood) started her speech very promisingly. I admire her background, and I can think of a former great Member of […]

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Mr Redwood’s intervention during the Debate on the Justice and Home Affairs Opt-out, 7 April

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Does the right hon. Lady not understand that if we opt back in to many of the big and serious measures we are discussing, a future Home Secretary in this House would be impotent in large areas of criminal justice? Yvette Cooper (Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford) (Lab): I must say […]

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Mr Redwood’s interventions during the Second Reading of the Finance Bill, 1 April

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Are not people who set up businesses performing a public service in their own right? They are not just given a million pounds because they want a million pounds. They have to open a chemist shop and provide pharmaceuticals to people or whatever. Is that not as much of a […]

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Mr Redwood’s intervention’s during the debate on the Budget Resolutions, 24 March 2014

Mr Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Those are very welcome announcements. Is my right hon. Friend also going to take action to stop rapacious councils making a misery of the lives of normally law-abiding motorists who slightly overstay their welcome at parking places and are then treated as if they were criminals? I am sure it would […]

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Mr Redwood’s speech on the Budget, 19 March 2014

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): I would like to remind the House of my declaration of interests: I provide some advice on global economies and investments to an industrial company and an investment company. I greatly welcome this Budget, because I think it is right that we need to do more to help the promotion […]

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Mr Redwood’s interventions during the Budget debate, 19 March 2014

Mr Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Is there not also a very cruel dilemma in public policy, in that savers want a better rate of interest but we need low interest rates to promote economic growth and to service the Government debt? There is a trade-off, and that is why tax breaks are particularly welcome at a […]

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Mr Redwood’s intervention during the Statement on the European Council, 10 March

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Will the Prime Minister now seek fundamental changes in EU energy policy? Some member states are far too dependent on Russian gas, and the rest of us are far too dependent on intermittent, dear and scarce sources of energy, owing to EU directives. Do we not need to get control […]

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  • About John Redwood

    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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