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Nadine Dorries
An Open Letter from the Prime Minister
Posted Thursday, 19 October 2017 at 12:14

As I travel to Brussels today, I know that many people will be looking to us – the leaders of the 28 nations in the European Union – to demonstrate we are putting people first.

I have been clear throughout this process that citizens’ rights are my first priority. And I know my fellow leaders have the same objective: to safeguard the rights of EU nationals living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU.

I want to give reassurance that this issue remains a priority, that we are united on the key principles, and that the focus over the weeks to come will be delivering an agreement that works for people here in the UK, and people in the EU.

When we started this process, some accused us of treating EU nationals as bargaining chips. Nothing could have been further from the truth. EU citizens who have made their lives in the UK have made a huge contribution to our country. And we want them and their families to stay. I couldn’t be clearer: EU citizens living lawfully in the UK today will be able to stay.

But this agreement will not only provide certainty about residence, but also healthcare, pensions and other benefits. It will mean that EU citizens who have paid into the UK system – and UK nationals into the system of an EU27 country – can benefit from what they’ve put in. It will enable families who have built their lives together in the EU and UK to stay together. And it will provide guarantees that the rights of those UK nationals currently living in the EU, and EU citizens currently living in the UK will not diverge over time.

What that leaves us with is a small number of important points to finalise. That is to be expected at this point in negotiations. We are in touching distance of agreement. I know both sides will consider each other's proposals for finalising the agreement with an open mind and with flexibility and creativity on both sides, I am confident that we can conclude discussions on citizens’ rights in the coming weeks.

I know there is real anxiety about how the agreement will be implemented. People are concerned that the process will be complicated and bureaucratic, and will put up hurdles that are difficult to overcome. I want to provide reassurance here too.

We are developing a streamlined digital process for those applying for settled status in the UK in the future. This process will be designed with users in mind, and we will engage with them every step of the way. We will keep the cost as low as possible – no more than the cost of a UK passport. The criteria applied will be simple, transparent and strictly in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement. People applying will not have to account for every trip they have taken in and out of the UK and will no longer have to demonstrate Comprehensive Sickness Insurance as they currently have to under EU rules. And importantly, for any EU citizen who holds Permanent Residence under the old scheme, there will be a simple process put in place to swap their current status for UK settled status.

To keep development of the system on track, the Government is also setting up a User Group that will include representatives of EU citizens in the UK, and digital, technical and legal experts. This group will meet regularly, ensuring the process is transparent and responds properly to users’ needs. And we recognise that British nationals living in the EU27 will be similarly concerned about potential changes to processes after the UK leaves the EU. We have repeatedly flagged these issues during the negotiations. And we are keen to work closely with EU Member States to ensure their processes are equally streamlined.

We want people to stay and we want families to stay together. We hugely value the contributions that EU nationals make to the economic, social and cultural fabric of the UK. And I know that Member States value equally UK nationals living in their communities. 

I hope that these reassurances, alongside those made by both the UK and the European Commission last week, will provide further helpful certainty to the four million people who were understandably anxious about what Brexit would mean for their futures.

 
 
My letter about Sir David Norgrove's comments
Posted Wednesday, 20 September 2017 at 10:44
 
 
Boris and Bleak House.
Posted Sunday, 17 September 2017 at 10:09

An article penned by Boris Johnson, is a beautiful thing. He is Immediately identifiable as the original author. In a world of plentiful political utterances, where every single word is put through the interdicting process of speech writing teams producing anodyne and immediately forgettable commentary, it is, beautiful.

What other politician would reference Jarndyce v Jarndyce, the background plot to Dickens Bleak House depicting a protracted court case lasting for many generations when writing about the EU? The answer is none. There is simply no other politician with the mental agility to draw a parallel between the epic Bleak House and the monumental ‘cats cradle of red tape,’ that binds members of the European Union. The intentional bureaucratic process that restrains citizens from taking advantage of the new, exciting, technological world in which we live. In Bleak House Dickens writes in reference to Jarndyce v Jarndyce,

  
this scarecrow of a suit has, over the course of time, become so complicated, that no man alive knows what it means.’ Dickens could have been writing about the EU today. Boris was.

The article in itself is, in direct contrast to Bleak House, a sunny optimistic vision of Britain following Brexit. And, we can never forget, Boris was the key player in delivering Brexit on behalf of the British people. He details in words impossible to disagree with, the reasons to be cheerful and in doing so, sets a fantastic platform on which to launch the conference season. He builds a supporting framework within which our Prime Minister will deliver her Florence speech next week. To the journalists in a post Boris article spin, this is not a leadership challenge, there is no appetite for that. MPs don’t want one, Conservative party members don’t want one, and the country would never forgive us if we held one. What MPs want is Theresa May to deliver an advantageous Brexit, in which we can increase our trade markets, cut VAT, simplify tax, embrace technology, invest in the NHS, science and the environment and so much more. And then, as in the closing lines of Bleak House, it will be over.

‘We asked him if he knew what was doing in it? He said, really no he did not, nobody ever did; but as well as he could make out, it was over. Over for the day? we asked him. No, he said; over for good.

Over for good!

 
 
Aspley Guise Lower School came to Parliament
Posted Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 13:27


It was a huge pleasure to welcome the children from Aspley Guise Lower School to Parliament yesterday.

Bright, funny, inciteful, they were full of questions and intetesting ideas. I asked them to use single words to describe their village to me. Peaceful, beautiful and even historic were the words they used. Who could ask for more?

Thank you so much teachers for making the effort to bring the children to visit the home of our democracy and for the educational tour.

 
 
Marston Moretaine - UPDATE
Posted Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 08:30

Following my appeal to Kathryn Holloway, Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and a discussion with Bedfordshire Police yesterday, Beds Police moved swiftly and enacted section 61, moving the travellers from Marston Moretaine playing fields and sports pavilion.

I know this problem has been going on for several months. When travellers were moved on, often they just went elsewhere in the village, sometimes they just moved up the road. When no prompt enforcement action took place, the travellers brought more cars, caravans and people to the village.

Residents’ lives have been made intolerable by a subsequent surge in petty crime. Theft, vandalism and instances of threatening behaviour have increased in the village. Some locals are afraid of leaving their homes unoccupied when they go to work.

Having been moved from the playing fields the travellers have once again moved elsewhere in the village. I’m told they are now on council land and I look forward to working with CBC to make sure that the enforcement powers they have are used swiftly. CBC need to act as promptly as Bedfordshire Police, who were exemplary in the way they executed the removal. 

Sadly, the playing fields that have been nurtured and maintained to a high standard for years have been churned up and destroyed, a huge impact on the leisure facilities of the village. Children's football, cricket and adult leisure are all affected. 

I will again today continue to press those who have the powers to act and will be in the village on Friday to meet with residents and to once again see the damage, litter and destruction for myself.

 
 
A Message From Boris...
Posted Monday, 12 June 2017 at 11:52

The last Tory defeat of the election was announced on Friday evening at Kensington town hall – and the triumphalism of the Corbynistas could not be contained.

You might have thought they would have something gracious to say to Victoria Borwick, who for years served selflessly as my deputy mayor in London, seven days a week, lending her support to community groups and charities across the capital.

Oh no. They jeered at the outgoing MP, when it was finally clear that she had lost by 20 votes. They called her four letter names – Tory scum being about the only printable one. They banged their bongo drums and chanted their slogans, only breaking off to hiss when she emerged.

I record this partly to show that Jeremy Corbyn’s Momentum crew are not perhaps as nice as all that, but mainly to show that they are also slightly delusional about the election that has just taken place. To judge by the reaction on the left, it is as if the Labour leader had won a landslide.

Corbyn is being hailed as a messiah, a miracle man – greeted with rapturous ovations wherever he goes (and no jeering from any dissenting Tories that happen to be there; one of the advantages Mr Corbyn has had in his public appearances is that Tories are generally too polite or just good natured to heckle…)

To judge by the media coverage, it is as if the Tories had been routed – reduced to a handful of shire seats, perhaps, with a walloping on the scale of 1906 or 1997. None of this accords with the simple facts of what has happened.

Yes, it was a very disappointing night for the Conservatives, and yes, it is easy now to see – in retrospect – that the campaign did not go well, to put it mildly. We failed to predict the collapse of the Lib Dems, or the way the UKIP vote would split. Key Tory messages got lost or were misunderstood.

But at the risk of stating the obvious, Jeremy Corbyn Did Not Win This Election. He didn’t even come close. Yes, he picked up Kensington - but then he also lost Mansfield.

For all his ludicrous boasting, Mr Corbyn does not have the numbers to form a government, even if he could get the Liberals and the Scottish Nationalists to serve under him. He has about as many MPs as Gordon Brown when he was defeated in 2010.

Theresa May still leads by far the largest party in the House of Commons and the polls were right in one sense - that for the first time in decades the Tories got about 43 per cent of the vote.

Theresa May led a campaign that inspired 13.7 m people to vote Conservative, in the biggest total tally of Tory votes since the days of Margaret Thatcher. That is a stunning achievement, for which she deserves the support of her party. And she will certainly get it from me.

Without an absolute majority we will now have to coordinate with the DUP from Northern Ireland. But that is feasible - and before Labour object, someone should remind them that they tried to do exactly the same thing in 2010.

To those that say the PM should step down, or that we need another election or even - God help us - a second referendum, I say come off it. Get a grip, everyone.

This is the third year running that we have forced the people out to the polls. This is the third year running that they have been accosted at stations and asked for their support, or had campaign literature thrust into their hands.

Theresa May vows to form a government and lead Brexit negotiations after General Election My judgement is that they are fed up to the back teeth with all this.They are fed up with politics, politicians and the uncertainty and dislocation of the electoral process. They overwhelmingly want us to get on with the job.

Yes, of course it is partly about Brexit and we must get that right. There can be no backsliding from the objectives the PM set out in the campaign - taking back control of our laws, our borders, our cash; but also ensuring that we have a great new partnership with the EU that allows us to trade more freely and enthusiastically than ever.

We have about 90 per cent of MPs now elected on a manifesto of getting out of the EU - and surely to goodness it is possible to build a consensus about how to do a great deal for the UK - and the EU.

But if the election taught us one thing it is that it was not just about Brexit. We all heard the same anxieties during the campaign; about the NHS, about funding for schools, about the cost and shortage of housing.

On all those great questions we Conservatives have much better ideas than Corbyn, with his fantasy money and his obsession with bringing back the unions.

We will build record numbers of good new homes. We will put more money into healthcare. We will continue with the biggest programme of infrastructure for the last 100 years. We will keep taxes low and stimulate this great enterprise economy.

The people of Britain have had a bellyful of promises and politicking. Now is the time for delivery - and Theresa May is the right person to continue that vital work.

 
 
Manchester
Posted Tuesday, 23 May 2017 at 09:34
The events of last night have left everyone reeling with shock. The lives of parents and families are devastated, never to be the same again. My prayers and thoughts are with those parents, living through the worst nightmare of every parent - and their precious families during this time of tragic loss.  
 
 
Covanta: The Latest
Posted Thursday, 20 April 2017 at 10:49

Yesterday we marked an important step in Mid-Bedfordshire’s ongoing fight against the Covanta energy from waste incinerator.

As most of you know, I have always fiercely opposed Covanta. I have called many public meetings to coordinate public resistance.

I have led rallies against it, presented petitions and met Covanta both locally and in Westminster on a number of occasions to voice local opposition.

I supported residents during the court process, have called debates in Parliament highlighting residents’ concerns and lobbied the local council, former Infrastructure Audit Committee, Ministers and the Environment Agency.

Over the years, I have done all that it is possible in my capacity as an MP to do. 

The fact is that the parliamentary constituency boundaries of Mid Bedfordshire are to be re-drawn and Covanta will soon fall into the Bedford constituency, not Mid Beds.

Once this happens, any campaign in the future has to and will be led by Richard Fuller and not myself. However, in the same way I have always had Richard’s support over the years to oppose Covanta, he will have mine.

In the meantime, I will continue to lobby, struggle and fight against the proposal. Only yesterday morning I held further discussions with the leader of Central Bedfordshire Council to this end.

 
 
My Debate About Banking Services in Ampthill
Posted Thursday, 16 March 2017 at 05:48
 
 
HMIC Report into Bedfordshire Police
Posted Friday, 3 March 2017 at 13:03

The HMIC report into Bedfordshire Police released yesterday was disappointing and will be worrying many of my constituents. While I have some concerns about our policing, I do not believe that the report presents an accurate picture of the challenges Bedfordshire is facing.

Beds Police is funded as a small rural force, when it has an immensely challenging patch that includes one major centre of urban crime and an international airport. The funding formula set by the Home Office is inadequate in this respect and all Bedfordshire MPs have long been making this case.

On top of that, Beds Police had until May last year a weak and ineffective Police and Crime Commissioner who simply wasn’t up to the job. He correctly identified the problem with the funding formula but had no innovations or skills to manage the force effectively.

Beds Police has also had three Chief Constables in the last six years. This turnover has been too high and led to a lack of consistency in management of the force. However Jon Boucher, the new Chief, is exceptionally capable and has my full support.

The HMIC report states that Beds Police is ‘inadequate’. I simply do not believe this is the case. The Chief Constable and Kathryn Holloway, the new Police and Crime Commissioner, are both strong and effective leaders. Public opinion shows that satisfaction with the police in our county is rising.

Bedfordshire Police faces very real challenges in adapting to a changing pattern of complex crime over a large area. That is not reflected in the HMIC report, which has reached an incorrect conclusion.

 
 
Theresa May's Brexit Speech
Posted Wednesday, 18 January 2017 at 11:21

In the days of Blair and Brown, and Cameron and Osborne, the most senior members of the government would give speeches almost every other day about any topic under the sun. They wanted to please journalists, who loved having something to cover, but the content was lost, immediately forgotten, just another meaningless entry on the media grid.

Yesterday’s speech by Theresa May couldn’t have been more different. Instead of the running commentary demanded by many, the Prime Minister had taken her time to actually consider the issue, the most important question facing the country today. She has taken very detailed advice from a range of views, not just sought out people who agree with her pre-conceived position.

Continuity Remain had already briefed that the instant measure of success for the speech would be the movement of the pound on the currency markets. Self-satisfied tweeters trying to highlight a collapse as the PM spoke fell silent when the pound began to rise, and kept rising. The markets respond well to certainty.

I never thought I would live to see the day that a Prime Minister would be able to stand up and announce a clear plan for taking Britain out of the EU, ending unrestricted freedom of movement and pulling us out of the European Court of Justice. Britain will continue to work with our European partners but it will no longer be at the expense of restricting our interaction with the rest of the world.

Today’s European press makes interesting reading. A strong, prosperous UK outside the EU is a nightmare for Europe’s ruling class. Headlines like ‘Little Britain’ tell us what they want to see happen. They are going to be disappointed. The EU project is fundamentally flawed and badly designed. They are still trapped inside it. We are not.

 
 
Better Off Out
Posted Tuesday, 6 December 2016 at 13:10

The result of the Italian referendum illustrates quite nicely just what is wrong with so many EU member states and, because of that, with the EU itself. The world is changing around us, technology is advancing and non-western countries like China are rising. According to countries on Europe’s southern rim, we should react to all this by doing, er, nothing.

Renzi’s reforms weren’t perfect but they were relatively modest compared to the problems Italy is facing. Asked whether they wanted a country slightly more manageable, perhaps a bit more efficient and able to cope with the modern world as it is, rather than how they might like it to be, Italy’s voters said a big loud ‘No’.

So now the Eurozone’s third largest economy is facing a growing crisis, Italian banks may not last much longer and yet more of Angela Merkel’s energy will be spent trying to avoid an EU meltdown. The Chinese must be stifling giggles, while Putin’s propaganda machine will be grateful for the distraction from Russia’s long recession.

Germany, the Netherlands and the Baltic/ Nordic states ‘get it’. The modern world is a globalised economy where flexibility and efficiency are necessary preconditions to compete. Tempered with a social security net, yes. Ossified by socialism and protectionism, not so much.

As others have noted, the Italian result could strengthen our hand in negotiations for Brexit. When the Eurozone is in crisis its member states will be less inclined to follow French advice to create a punishment regime targeting the zone’s most significant trading centre, London.

I wish the EU success and its people prosperity. But given the weekend's result in Italy, I’m even more glad we’re on the way out.

 
 
 
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