Updated: Wycombe MP Steve Baker joins rebels to defeat Government on Europe

Bucks Free Press: Updated: MP joins rebels to defeat Government on Europe Updated: MP joins rebels to defeat Government on Europe

WYCOMBE MP Steve Baker was among the Tory rebels who inflicted an embarrassing defeat on the Government last night over Europe.

The Parliamentarian was one of 53 Conservatives who defied their party and joined Labour in voting for a real terms cut in the EU budget.

The Coalition want at the worst a freeze on the budget, proposed to rise by five per cent by the European Commission.

But the Government believes it will be impossible to negotiate a reduction. Euro sceptic Mr Baker has previously rebelled over House of Commons votes on the EU.

Mr Baker told the Free Press this afternoon: “Obviously I didn't enjoy being in the lobby with Labour but I wanted to make plain my view that the EU should be getting less money, not more.

“It was a Conservative amendment and the labour party opportunistically got in and decided to pile into it.

“The knowledge of the way the national papers handle it and the way the Labour party exploit the situation does make it difficult to make that decision to vote.

“In the end what was right with vote we were able to say what we want is less British taxpayers money spent on notoriously wasteful EU projects.

“After all that politics has been through and all the discredit that has been on the House of Commons sometimes you have to do what you think is right.

“I think it's meaningful that taxpayers in Wycombe should pay less towards the EU.”

He blasted the EU for asking for more cash in times of austerity, saying it was out of touch.

“The EU is blissfully free of the concerns of ordinary people,” he said.

“It's a scandalous waste of money.”

Although he wants a cut in the cash Britain gives the EU, he said:“If the Prime Minister secures a real term freeze it will be better than an increase.”

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11:30am Thu 1 Nov 12

stir up says...

Good for him, it is about time we told the EU that up with it we will not put!
The EU budget is a total shambles and we should also take back control from the EU.
Good for him, it is about time we told the EU that up with it we will not put! The EU budget is a total shambles and we should also take back control from the EU. stir up
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1:00pm Thu 1 Nov 12

townraider says...

Shame Biggles Baker wont rebel and comment abut the way his Local Tory councillors and cabinet are treating the people of High Wycombe.
Hes been asked to comment on ...
- Sell off of council homes by Tories
- Asset stripping of High Wycombe by Tory administration
- The state of High Wycome town centre

.... HE REFUSES
Shame Biggles Baker wont rebel and comment abut the way his Local Tory councillors and cabinet are treating the people of High Wycombe. Hes been asked to comment on ... - Sell off of council homes by Tories - Asset stripping of High Wycombe by Tory administration - The state of High Wycome town centre .... HE REFUSES townraider
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1:05pm Thu 1 Nov 12

williamjames says...

Well done Steve Baker.
When national governments have to cut their budgets and live within their means, PIGS execepted, The EU should be setting a prudent example not a profligate one.
It is not only the rebels looking to get a cut in the total EU Budget, Cyprus is too.
Well done Steve Baker. When national governments have to cut their budgets and live within their means, PIGS execepted, The EU should be setting a prudent example not a profligate one. It is not only the rebels looking to get a cut in the total EU Budget, Cyprus is too. williamjames
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1:07pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Flackwell says...

Well done and whilst commenting how about a set of audited accounts EU ?
Well done and whilst commenting how about a set of audited accounts EU ? Flackwell
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3:33pm Thu 1 Nov 12

J B Blackett says...

stir up wrote:
Good for him, it is about time we told the EU that up with it we will not put!
The EU budget is a total shambles and we should also take back control from the EU.
It took a world war to dislodge the fascists and it might take something like that to control the anti-democratic megalomaniac monster money-devouring machine that is now running the EU.
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I think H G Wells would call them Molochs (as in "What a load of Molochs").
[quote][p][bold]stir up[/bold] wrote: Good for him, it is about time we told the EU that up with it we will not put! The EU budget is a total shambles and we should also take back control from the EU.[/p][/quote]It took a world war to dislodge the fascists and it might take something like that to control the anti-democratic megalomaniac monster money-devouring machine that is now running the EU. . I think H G Wells would call them Molochs (as in "What a load of Molochs"). J B Blackett
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3:58pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Mr Silent Majority says...

townraider wrote:
Shame Biggles Baker wont rebel and comment abut the way his Local Tory councillors and cabinet are treating the people of High Wycombe.
Hes been asked to comment on ...
- Sell off of council homes by Tories
- Asset stripping of High Wycombe by Tory administration
- The state of High Wycome town centre

.... HE REFUSES
Steve Baker once again proves what an excellent MP he is.
[quote][p][bold]townraider[/bold] wrote: Shame Biggles Baker wont rebel and comment abut the way his Local Tory councillors and cabinet are treating the people of High Wycombe. Hes been asked to comment on ... - Sell off of council homes by Tories - Asset stripping of High Wycombe by Tory administration - The state of High Wycome town centre .... HE REFUSES[/p][/quote]Steve Baker once again proves what an excellent MP he is. Mr Silent Majority
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4:32pm Thu 1 Nov 12

geoffW says...

Steve Baker is just positioning himself with those he thinks will be in charge of the Tory party in 6 to 8 years time.

It has all to do with advancing his political career and NOTHING to do with the issues.
Steve Baker is just positioning himself with those he thinks will be in charge of the Tory party in 6 to 8 years time. It has all to do with advancing his political career and NOTHING to do with the issues. geoffW
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4:40pm Thu 1 Nov 12

yog says...

Voting with an hypocritical Labour Party that gave up a huge chunk of the UK's rebate and voting to cut the funding coming in to our hard pressed farmers well done Mr Baker.
Voting with an hypocritical Labour Party that gave up a huge chunk of the UK's rebate and voting to cut the funding coming in to our hard pressed farmers well done Mr Baker. yog
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5:04pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Darren Hayday says...

townraider wrote:
Shame Biggles Baker wont rebel and comment abut the way his Local Tory councillors and cabinet are treating the people of High Wycombe.
Hes been asked to comment on ...
- Sell off of council homes by Tories
- Asset stripping of High Wycombe by Tory administration
- The state of High Wycome town centre

.... HE REFUSES
Don’t forget about 'not helping to bring back our lost services to Wycombe Hospital' and not fighting against the stadium plans...

I'm not happy with Steve - I think that Paul Goodman was much better for Wycombe.
[quote][p][bold]townraider[/bold] wrote: Shame Biggles Baker wont rebel and comment abut the way his Local Tory councillors and cabinet are treating the people of High Wycombe. Hes been asked to comment on ... - Sell off of council homes by Tories - Asset stripping of High Wycombe by Tory administration - The state of High Wycome town centre .... HE REFUSES[/p][/quote]Don’t forget about 'not helping to bring back our lost services to Wycombe Hospital' and not fighting against the stadium plans... I'm not happy with Steve - I think that Paul Goodman was much better for Wycombe. Darren Hayday
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5:05pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Darren Hayday says...

geoffW wrote:
Steve Baker is just positioning himself with those he thinks will be in charge of the Tory party in 6 to 8 years time.

It has all to do with advancing his political career and NOTHING to do with the issues.
This seems very true.
[quote][p][bold]geoffW[/bold] wrote: Steve Baker is just positioning himself with those he thinks will be in charge of the Tory party in 6 to 8 years time. It has all to do with advancing his political career and NOTHING to do with the issues.[/p][/quote]This seems very true. Darren Hayday
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9:34am Fri 2 Nov 12

townraider says...

Darren Hayday wrote:
townraider wrote:
Shame Biggles Baker wont rebel and comment abut the way his Local Tory councillors and cabinet are treating the people of High Wycombe.
Hes been asked to comment on ...
- Sell off of council homes by Tories
- Asset stripping of High Wycombe by Tory administration
- The state of High Wycome town centre

.... HE REFUSES
Don’t forget about 'not helping to bring back our lost services to Wycombe Hospital' and not fighting against the stadium plans...

I'm not happy with Steve - I think that Paul Goodman was much better for Wycombe.
Spot on --ive no time for Biggles Baker.
[quote][p][bold]Darren Hayday[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]townraider[/bold] wrote: Shame Biggles Baker wont rebel and comment abut the way his Local Tory councillors and cabinet are treating the people of High Wycombe. Hes been asked to comment on ... - Sell off of council homes by Tories - Asset stripping of High Wycombe by Tory administration - The state of High Wycome town centre .... HE REFUSES[/p][/quote]Don’t forget about 'not helping to bring back our lost services to Wycombe Hospital' and not fighting against the stadium plans... I'm not happy with Steve - I think that Paul Goodman was much better for Wycombe.[/p][/quote]Spot on --ive no time for Biggles Baker. townraider
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10:12am Fri 2 Nov 12

Judge 2 says...

Well done Mr Baker. You can't please everyone but with the current climate, this is without doubt the right line to take.
Well done Mr Baker. You can't please everyone but with the current climate, this is without doubt the right line to take. Judge 2
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11:25am Fri 2 Nov 12

stevet123 says...

If we was not in the EU paying all them rates, also cut down on aid to other countries, This countries services would not have to be CUT, Be more people in work, only good thing that the Tories could do is give the public a referendum and vote 2 ways stay in europe or exit, i know which way i would vote, If not in the EU also taxes, VAT could be cut open your eyes cameron
If we was not in the EU paying all them rates, also cut down on aid to other countries, This countries services would not have to be CUT, Be more people in work, only good thing that the Tories could do is give the public a referendum and vote 2 ways stay in europe or exit, i know which way i would vote, If not in the EU also taxes, VAT could be cut open your eyes cameron stevet123
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5:07pm Fri 2 Nov 12

Flackwell says...

ditto Scotland - good luck to the nationalists but make sure you fund your way thereafter
ditto Scotland - good luck to the nationalists but make sure you fund your way thereafter Flackwell
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