Tony Baldry

Why We Need the European Arrest Warrant

Tony Baldry | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

My Right Honourable Friend the home secretary has quite rightly warned that abandoning the Arrest Warrant would undermine the fight against crime and risk turning Britain into a haven for fugitives. I hope the whole House on Monday will vote on the pragmatic grounds of public safety rather than playing politics.

Young Nations Need Support

Tony Baldry | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

The rarity of these new, liberal democratic nations is illustrated by the speculation in the media and elsewhere that a newly independent Scotland would have a lot to learn from three-year-old South Sudan. The inference is clear: Establishing a fully functional government and the apparatus of the state is a phenomenally difficult task.

David Cameron Loses Two Tory MPs In 24-Hours

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has lost two MPs in the space of 24-hours. Dudley South MP Chris Kelly and Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry have both announced they intend to...

Only Good News... That Too Has Its Challenges!

Tony Baldry | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

Whilst there may be little bad news around for newspapers such as the Banbury Guardian to report, there is no shortage of serious local public policy challenges, which one would hope that a public newspaper of record would consider worth of reporting.

Reflections on South Sudan

Tony Baldry | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

One would have thought that the international community, including the UN, the US and the EU, would have been swift to have condemned a failed coup d'état, i.e. the seeking of seizing power and control of the country by the barrel of a gun rather than through the ballot box.

Why Parliament Shouldn't be Given the Power to Veto Every Aspect of EU Law

Tony Baldry | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

No one disagrees that the UK's present relationship with the European Union is not working and needs to change. Moreover, the UK - which is not in the Eurozone - needs to develop a new and different relationship with those countries that are in the Eurozone. This is why, very sensibly, the prime minister has made it clear that he is committed to seeking a new settlement for Britain in Europe

Time to Build a Brighter Future for Young Somalis

Tony Baldry | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

The reality is that two-thirds of Somalis are under 25. A huge number of these young people are fed up with living in conditions of grinding poverty, with little prospect of work. The challenges facing Somalia are enormous.

MPs Will Ignore 'Deluded' Church Over Gay Marriage, Says MP

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

The Church of England has been warned it is is "deluding itself" if it thinks MPs will listen to its views on gay marriage now that it has voted again...

Britain and Its Place Within the Eurozone

Tony Baldry | Posted 02.09.2012 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

It will only be once the eurozone is stabilised and working reasonably effectively, that it will it be possible for people to give time to working out the shape of a new European Union.

Giving Carers the Recognition They Deserve

Tony Baldry | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

As we mark Carers Week, it is worth recalling that the word "carer" applies to two groups of people.

Reforming the House of Lords

Tony Baldry | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

It is difficult to justify such a large body and in an era where there is clearly a desire for increasing democratic accountability and transparency, it is difficult to justify a revising Chamber that is wholly nominated and where no member is elected.

At Last, Some Atonement From the Labour Party

Tony Baldry | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

On Saturday, the Shadow Chancellor admitted that if the Labour Party were in government, they would not deviate from the tough decisions that George Osborne and David Cameron are making in an effort to cut the deficit.

High Speed Rail Approved But Campaigners Likely To Mount Legal Challenge

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK

The government has approved the HS2 High Speed rail line project from London to Birmingham, in a project which will cost £17 billion in its first pha...

High Speed Rail Approved But Campaigners Likely To Mount Legal Challenge

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 10.03.2012 | UK Politics

The government has approved the HS2 High Speed rail line project from London to Birmingham, in a project which will cost £17 billion in its first pha...

HS2 Fight Heats Up

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK Politics

Campaigners have vowed to fight on as the government prepares to give a £32bn HS2 high speed rail project the go-ahead - and MPs continue to question...

Twigg Calls For Vocational EBacc To Be Rebuffed

PA | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Ministers should introduce a technical baccalaureate for pupils who do not want to be constrained by the Government's new academically-focused English...