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John Redwood's Diary · 41m ago

Budget reflections

As we had read in the newspapers, the Office of Budget Responsibility decided to downgrade their forecasts for productivity, which led to a reduction in the growth forecasts. These growth fo...
John Redwood's Diary · 12h ago

First time buyers in Wokingham to be spared Stamp Duty

The Chancellor announced in his budget that most first time buyers will be exempt from Stamp Duty. Anyone buying a home under £300,000 will pay nothing. Anyone buying a home up to £500,000 w...
John Redwood's Diary · 1d ago

A new UK fishing policy

I have long argued we should be able to produce a new UK fishing policy which is kinder to both our fish and our fishermen. Fishing for Leave has come up with some interesting proposals desi...
John Redwood's Diary · 2d ago

Official figures for the UK contributions to the EU

The official HMT and OBR figures for 2016 shows the following Total gross contributions       £23.148 billion    (£445m a week) Gross contributions less rebate    £17.865 bn    (£343 m a wee...
John Redwood's Diary · 3d ago

Better jobs

The UK economy has been good at creating many new jobs over the last seven years. It has been successful at taking unemployment down substantially. One of the main aims now should be to prom...
John Redwood's Diary · 3d ago

Planning for Wokingham Borough

Before the election I was asked about my attitude to the possible construction of more homes in Grazeley when Wokingham next needs to find new areas for development after completing the four...
John Redwood's Diary · 4d ago

So the EU budget rebate is at risk

In the endless referendum debates and interviews about the money I always stressed that the £350 m was an accurate official figure for the gross amount. I also quoted the various  net amount...
John Redwood's Diary · 4d ago

Timing of postings

I moderate this site, when I can spare a few minutes to do so. I post short contributions first. I delete postings that make unsubstantiated allegations about named people or companies for l...
John Redwood's Diary · 5d ago

Housing at the centre of the debate

There has been a tussle going on over how to finance a larger housebuilding programme. The Prime Minister announced her intention to build more homes in her Conference speech, but was only a...
John Redwood's Diary · 5d ago

David Davis was right to urge the EU to engage on the future relationship for their own sake

The EU is trying to stick with the idea that you can settle the Irish border issue without deciding the basis of our future trading. They  hope that by delaying trade talks they will get mor...