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Poverty and inequality

Poverty is a scourge which always needs fighting. I spoke about this on Monday. I was pleased to see the Prime Minister dedicate himself to an all out assault on poverty yesterday.  Poverty is relative as well as absolute. The west has long since gone beyond making sure people have the basics for life – […]

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Mrs May changes her mind on the EU and borders.

Mrs May has travelled a long way since 2002 and her modernising  agenda. More recently she asked the Conservstive party to vote to sacrifice criminal justice powers to the EU when we had no need to do so. Yesterday she posed as a resolute fighter against the EU having power and influence over our borders […]

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We might need to leave the EU to reassert our sovereignty

At the Politeia meeting last night on Stay or Leave we ended up debating sovereignty. Most of us wish to restore or reassert UK sovereignty. If the UK people and their Parliament want to change a law or control our borders, or decide how much to tax and spend we need to be free to […]

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Opportunity for all, prosperity and home ownership for the many

I wish to hear today an optimistic message from Conference. Conservatives must use this period in office to promote greater opportunity and prosperity. To do so requires lower taxes. People should keep more  of what they earn, and more of what they make by venturing their savings. Lower tax rates on income and gains will […]

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Europe and the Conservative conference

Some in the media have already written the script for the Conservative conference – splits on Europe. It was a silly script to write during the Opposition years, when the Conservative party was happily united opposing the Nice, Amsterdam and Lisbon treaties, opposing the Euro and resisting more powers to Brussels. It is an even […]

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John Redwood at Conference

I will be speaking at     Think Tent  (just inside secure zone by conference hall)     “Does caring about the poor require caring about inequality?”   IEA   14.45   Monday 5 October   Politeia  Arora Hotel Princess Street Manchester  M1 4LG    “Britain and the EU   To stay or go?    18.30  Monday 5 October  (outside security)   I will […]

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The west loses its way in the Middle East

Mr Obama dithers and changes his mind too often on foreign policy. He now watches as Russia moves in to fill the vacuum where the USA once was the dominant influence on  Syria and Middle East policy. The present situation is full of both danger and opportunity. Russia’s relationship with the Obama regime was badly damaged by […]

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Reply from Health Secretary about the use of the NHS by overseas visitors

In my blog of 11 August, I said I would write to Jeremy Hunt MP about the use of the NHS by overseas visitors. This is his reply, dated 3 September 2015. Dear John Thank you for your letter of 11 August about the use of the NHS by overseas visitors. There is no provision […]

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Carbon dioxide disasters

I have long argued it makes no sense to make energy so dear in the UK that the main industries that need energy leave our shores to burn cheaper fuel somewhere else. That was one of the reasons I did not support Labour’s Climate Change Act, and why I disagreed with the Lib Dem policies […]

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The UK recovery continues – with higher public spending, not austerity

Yesterday the government published the latest quarterly figures for output and earnings to June 30th 2015.   The UK economy is now producing 6% more than at the peak in early 2008 before the crash. The USA is producing 10% more, the EU just 1% more and Japan has the same output as Quarter 1 […]

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