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The Government Is Right to Curb 'Benefit Tourism'

(76) Comments | Posted 16 October 2013 | (01:00)

This week the European Commission has retaliated against British efforts to tighten residency restrictions on those EU nationals who qualify as claimants for UK benefits, citing the UK government's consistent refusal to provide evidence backing up concerns relating to 'benefit tourism'.

This claim is, however, misleading because in many cases...

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The Cost of Labour

(8) Comments | Posted 30 September 2013 | (13:51)

Ed Miliband wants to talk about the cost of living. Good. Hardworking people would be worse off under Labour. It is one of those eternal truths in politics: Labour would spend and borrow more of your money. All the glittering giveaways, the puffed pledges, the demands of union bosses -...

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Parliament Should Recover Health Tourism Debt

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2013 | (12:10)

I would encourage people to sign up to the petition urging Parliament to take action to secure a fair deal for taxpayers and NHS staff alike.

Under the previous Labour Government the NHS lost hundreds of millions of pounds through the treatment of foreign patients where the costs...

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Parliamentary Vote Opposes Badger Cull Proposal

(1) Comments | Posted 31 October 2012 | (00:00)

There are three principle reasons why I was one of those Members to ask a House of Commons business scheduling committee for a debate on the proposed badger cull and why spoke and voted against a cull in the debate I secured on the floor of the House last Thursday....

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The Case for Cost-Benefit Analysis of Air Passenger Duty

(0) Comments | Posted 25 October 2012 | (18:03)

On Tuesday, Parliament granted time to debate an important issue that a growing number of constituents across the UK have been urging policy-makers to re-assess - the high cost of Air Passenger Duty (APD). This summer, MPs have been inundated with hundreds of thousands of letters from constituents about the...

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