Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Your last chance to have an In/Out referendum?

I have worked long and hard to help secure a referendum on our membership of the EU. This is now within our grasp. If you are one of those who thinks we should simply leave the EU, this is your best chance to do so. No poll puts UKIP anywhere near winning the election. No […]

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Noise from the M4

There is a leaflet in circulation in Earley suggesting I did not lobby Ministers on the need for noise reducing surfaces and better barriers on the M4. As I have pointed out before I did lobby Ministers, meeting them in the Commons to do so. That is why the Transport Department rightly said I had […]

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Views from the doorsteps

  I have now been to most of the villages and towns of the constituency, and will visit the remaining ones this week.    Two big themes come out from the many conversations I have held on doorsteps. The first is the wish to see the economic recovery continue. People in business are finding things […]

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Why Parliament legislates to encourage tax avoidance

  In this election stopping tax avoidance is a popular cause. Like many I am all in favour of collecting more money without raising tax rates, to get our deficit down. Like many I also wish to see tax evaders and tax cheats  caught and made to pay. Maybe we  should pause and remind ourselves of two facts. […]

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Heathrow’s future and aircraft noise

I have long held the view that London does need more airport capacity.  I had to  accept that the last Parliament had no mandate to back airport expansion, and no wish by many MPs to decide it. The next Parliament will be different. The main parties have all agreed that a decision does have to […]

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The election in Wokingham

Yesterday saw  the last of the three meetings where all the Wokingham constituency candidates are invited to share a platform. We have now  held meetings at the Holt and the Methodist Church in Wokingham, and  at St Crispin’s School. Next week there is a Radio Berkshire debate. I have visited most places in the constituency […]

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Relief for Nepal

I have been in contact with the government to press for a strong and generous response to the crisis in Nepal by the UK. I was pleased to see this morning that the UK is going to send more aid. We are assisting with supplies, tents, lifting equipment and medical support. The UK now has a […]

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Noise reduction on the M4

  I have received a further letter from Highways England following my various submissions and discussions on M4 noise reduction. They confirm that they will surface the whole M4 from Junction 3 to Junction 12 with noise reducing material when they complete the smart motorway. They also now offer additional noise barrier at Mill Lane […]

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What are Conservatives offering pensioners in Wokingham and West Berkshire?

Conservatives are offering a better state pension, which will go up by at least 2.5% a year or in line with earnings or prices,  whichever is the highest increase. Conservatives will keep in place current pensioner benefits -winter fuel, tv licence, travel concessions – regardless of pensioner income Conservatives have launched higher interest rate Pensioner […]

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Conservatives will spend more and get the deficit down

There has been much heat and little light about getting rid of the deficit and about levels of pubic spending in this election. Some parties have hurled around allegations of big cuts to come. Let’s look again at the figures. The story of the Coalition’s five years is very simple. They increased pubic spending by […]

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