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John Redwood slams huge increase in Whitehall early retirement figures

The Rt. Hon John Redwood MP has today criticised the huge increase in the number of Whitehall staff taking early retirement over the last two years. In response to a series of parliamentary questions tabled before the summer, the government has admitted that the number of staff in some Whitehall departments and its related agencies […]

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John Redwood calls for Government intervention to save Arborfield postal services

John Redwood has today written to Pat McFadden, Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform responsible for Royal Mail, asking him to look into the sudden closure of the Post Office on Eversley Road in Arborfield and ensure that another operator will be found so postal facilities in the area […]

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Wokingham MP’s website gains top spot in Total Politics blog awards

John Redwood has thanked all the people who voted to make his website,, the top ranked MP’s website as chosen by the readers of the top sixty political blogs in the UK and Total Politics magazine. John Redwood’s blog was voted the best blog produced by a Member of Parliament. The full results will […]

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Wokingham needs a Home Information Pack holiday says John Redwood

As damaging uncertainty continues over whether or not the Government will introduce a stamp duty suspension or deferment scheme, John Redwood today called on Gordon Brown to use government powers to suspend Home Information Packs (HIPs) to help boost the beleaguered housing market. Twelve months on from their introduction, there is growing evidence that HIPs […]

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John Redwood interviewed for Total Politics magazine

John Redwood recently took part in Total Politics magazine’s “Daily Politico”. A transcript of the questions, and of John’s replies, follows: Why did you get involved in the political world? I was fed up with so many things working badly in the UK. I wanted to privatise the inefficient nationalised industries and create wider ownership. […]

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John Redwood welcomes announcement of funds for flood defences

John Redwood today welcomed the Government’s announcement that Wokingham Borough Council and West Berkshire Council are to receive additional funding to help develop and maintain their flood defences. The Department for Communities and Local Government has allocated £30.6 million through its Restoration Fund to help local authorities affected by the floods of June and July […]

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Redwood welcomes the Pitt Review, but cautions against complacency

John Redwood has welcomed the findings of the Pitt Review, published today. He is pleased to note that his urging for clarity of responsibility among the relevant authorities is a central tenet of the report’s recommendations. The report proposes a framework, overseen by the Environment Agency, in which all responsibilities are clearly mapped out on […]

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Redwood Presses the Government on Climate Change policy

Yesterday, at the second reading of the Climate Change Bill, John Redwood urged the Government to lead by example and ensure that it sets and meets rigorous enough targets for its own carbon footprint. Later in the debate, he reminded Ministers of the need for multilateral action on climate change, and the danger that unilateral […]

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Redwood presses Government on tax and knives

Yesterday in Business Questions, John Redwood urged the Leader of the House for a debate on tax poverty to address the current squeeze on lower-income households, and the Government overspending which underlies it. The exchange, taken from Hansard, follows. Mr. John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): May we have an early debate on tax poverty, now that […]

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Redwood speaks out against Government Planning Bill

Yesterday in Parliament, John Redwood urged that planning processes should be more democratic and local. Speaking out against the Government’s Planning Bill, he voiced concern over its creation of a national quango to decide planning matters, removing such decisions yet further from those who have to live with the consequences. He also condemned the way […]

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