Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Local views on the resignation of Mrs Miller

  Several constituents wrote to me saying that Mrs Miller should resign from the Cabinet. Other soundings I took showed this was a common view. I made sure the leadership of the Conservative party were informed of the strong feelings, as did many other MPs from their constituencies. Mrs Miller has now resigned. She did […]

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The Government offers relief from business rates

The package includes:   a new £1,000 business rates discount for small shops, restaurants and pubs for 2014-15 and 2015-16; a further extension of small business rate relief; a new reoccupation relief to help get empty shops back into use; the opportunity for firms to choose to pay bills over 12 month instalments to help […]

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Visit to Willink School

  On Friday 28 th March I visited the Willink School to talk to the 6th Form  about Parliament and some topical issues. They had heard a Lib Dem representative the previous week. I briefly sketched the evolution of Parliament, why it came about and what it seeks to do. I mentioned the recent debate on […]

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Tackling motorway noise and the M4 improvements

  I visited the recent exhibition given by the Highways Agency to consult on  its proposals for a managed motorway on the M4 from London. The plan includes converting the hard shoulder into an additional lane for traffic, widening  bridges over the motorway, putting in new lay bys for vehicles in trouble, putting in speed […]

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Rachmaninov’s Vespers

  On Saturday evening I was the guest of Wokingham Choral Society at All Saints Church. The choir sang unaccompanied with great style and passion. They filled the Church with their voices and did justice to a complex work in a difficult language. I would like to thank all involved for an excellent evening.

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Money to mend potholes

  Conscious of the need to mend our roads I have ben lobbying the Transport department for more money to help us carry out repairs after a bad winter. I have raised it with the Secretary of State in private and in the House. Today I received a letter from the Transport Secretary telling me […]

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The opening of Wokingham’s new station

  Last Friday it was good to be present at the official opening of the new station, after so many years of pressing Network Rail to build one. The new building will offer better facilities and provides a much more impressive gateway to the town than the old structure, which the railway  kept well beyond its […]

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Meeting the Local Enterprise Partnership

  Last friday I met Dr Anne Murdoch and Tim Smith of the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.  They told me they have five staff members and a budget of £15million. They express views on business, training, planning and transport matters, and are spending some of their money on helping local businesses. I explained […]

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New Planning Guidance

I have received the enclosed letter from the Planning Minister: DCLG has published the final version of our consolidated planning practice guidance and also our response to a consultation on making it easier to change the use of redundant and under-used buildings. The Coalition Government is committed to reforming the planning system to make it […]

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The Paul Burstow New Clause to the Care Bill

          Several constituents wrote to me in suport of Mr Burstow’s proposed amendment to the Care bill, backed by the Labour party and 38 Degrees.        Mr Burstow sought to amend the Trust Speclal Administration regime introduced by Labour to deal with extreme hospital failures. The Coalition planned to continue the Labour approach, but […]

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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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