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National Insurance Contributions (Increase of Thresholds) Bill (24 Mar 2022)

Richard Drax: Madam Deputy Speaker, I am not used to being called first—this must be the first time. I am grateful to you, and it is a pleasure to take part in the debate. First, I refer hon. Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I now have a chance to expand on the question that I raised with those on the Treasury Benches yesterday. When some years ago my right hon....

National Insurance Contributions (Increase of Thresholds) Bill (24 Mar 2022)

Richard Drax: I entirely concur. Yes, inflation is now spiralling to 7%, I think, and more across the rest of the world. Inflation has a very negative effect on the economy, on what we can afford to buy and on the value of our money. It has to be countered. Given that the cost of living is spiralling and that taxes are the highest for 70 years, I urge the Government to go further. As they know full well,...

National Insurance Contributions (Increase of Thresholds) Bill (24 Mar 2022)

Richard Drax: I totally concur with that comment. Regrettably, Labour will do it again and again and again —that is what socialism is all about.

National Insurance Contributions (Increase of Thresholds) Bill (24 Mar 2022)

Richard Drax: I agree to the extent that I do not like any tax. However, if there is a note saying that “there is no money” left, that puts a Government in a slightly difficult position, because they need some money to run the country and the public sector, which we all hold so dear.

National Insurance Contributions (Increase of Thresholds) Bill (24 Mar 2022)

Richard Drax: In an ideal world, I would like to scrap VAT—[Interruption.] I would love to scrap it altogether. It is extraordinary that we ask someone to do something, creating all this work and getting the economy going, and people are taxed to do it. But there again, as I have explained, the Government are in a predicament because of the pandemic and a war—situations that are way out of their...

Financial Statement (23 Mar 2022)

Richard Drax: I commend my right hon. Friend for his statement, as far as it went. He is right to say that he cannot print more money, borrow more money or spend more money. Can I ask him to bring forward the tax cuts, particularly for the lower earners, because as he rightly says, they spend their money far more wisely than the Government do? That will put more cash in their pockets to meet the increasing...

Defence Supplementary Estimate 2021-22 ( 9 Mar 2022)

Richard Drax: I would be inept if I did not praise our Ukrainian friends and allies who are fighting with such courage against such appalling odds with little more than the kit we have given them and their training. It really is awe-inspiring and humbling to see what is being done by them, their population and their President, who spoke so movingly in this Chamber. I thank the members of the Defence...

Defence Supplementary Estimate 2021-22 ( 9 Mar 2022)

Richard Drax: Absolutely, my right hon. Friend makes my point. Before I sit down, may I just refer to my hon. Friend the Member for Henley (John Howell), who touched on tanks? It is worth pointing out that we must not be fooled about them. One hears that they are a thing of the past and they are vulnerable to anti-tank missiles and so forth—to the Ukrainians’ great credit, they are showing that....

Sanctions (28 Feb 2022)

Richard Drax: I commend my right hon. Friend and her team for all their amazing work in the face of this appalling invasion. Does she agree that the best way to combat the worrying resurgence of Russia and China, and to reassure other countries, is to invest in not only our defence but our diplomatic reach around the world so that we can spread our values of democracy and freedom and proclaim them even...

Ukraine (24 Feb 2022)

Richard Drax: I commend my right hon. Friend and his Ministers for the firm stance they are taking. None of us knows what Mr Putin’s longer-term aims are. If Ukraine falls, and I fear that it might, his covetous eye might land on the Baltic states and other vulnerable countries. Can my right hon. Friend reassure NATO members that if one Russian boot lands on NATO soil, military force will be met by...

Ukraine (22 Feb 2022)

Richard Drax: I congratulate my right hon. Friend and the Defence Secretary on their brilliant work at this very difficult time. Mr Putin is a bully, and bullies recognise only one thing: military force. If we are to fight for the freedom that we claim to hold so dear, we have to pay to defend it. Will my right hon. Friend go back to the EU and NATO, in particular, and say that we have to raise our...

Living with Covid-19 (21 Feb 2022)

Richard Drax: To lead is to be in a lonely place. I have seen courage today, and I want to thank my right hon. Friend for the statement that he has made. He may recall that we were not on the same side when it came to lockdown. In that context, may I gently suggest to him that were a pandemic to strike again, the Government should advise and counsel, and should not curb our freedoms?

Ukraine (21 Feb 2022)

Richard Drax: I commend the Secretary of State and the Minister for the Armed Forces for the fantastic job that they are doing in very difficult circumstances. If Russia does invade, NATO countries, particularly the smaller ones and particularly the Baltic countries, will need our reassurance. Does the Secretary of State foresee further deployments of British troops to those countries? If so, would it not...

Defence: Topical Questions (21 Feb 2022)

Richard Drax: My right hon. Friend said that the amount we spend on defence depends on the threats that we face. May I remind him that we cannot just conjure up battalions? May I also, like two Members from the Opposition Benches, please ask him to reverse this disastrous decision to reduce our Army by 10,000?

Local Government Finance (England) ( 9 Feb 2022)

Richard Drax: It is a pleasure to take part in this debate and to follow both the hon. Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts) and my hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset (Chris Loder), who is sitting beside me. I give credit to our leader, Councillor Spencer Flower, and our chief executive, Matt Prosser. I also agree with the hon. Member for Wigan (Lisa Nandy) that we should thank all staff and...

Local Government Finance (England) ( 9 Feb 2022)

Richard Drax: I am going to crack on, because I think there are many colleagues who want to speak; I know the right hon. Gentleman will have something to say later when he is called. We got £10.4 million, for which I am extremely grateful, although some has been ring-fenced and £3.1 million is for one year only. Statistics are incredibly dull and can be misused, but I will just utter some to my right...

Police Grant Report ( 9 Feb 2022)

Richard Drax: London is a metropolitan area and far easier to police. Dorset is a massive rural area with fewer police. The point is that rurality is not taken into account in the funding formula.

Police Grant Report ( 9 Feb 2022)

Richard Drax: The hon. Lady accuses the Government of not cutting crime, but I remind her that it is the chief constable and their officers—they do such a valuable job—who tackle criminals, not the politicians.

Police Grant Report ( 9 Feb 2022)

Richard Drax: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for calling me in this interesting debate. I want to heap praise on my hon. Friend the Minister, with whom I have had many dealings and who has been simply fantastic at talking to us in Dorset. We look forward to him visiting us as soon as possible. I also thank my hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset (Chris Loder), who is right here beside me and who spoke on...

Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Appointment ( 7 Feb 2022)

Richard Drax: I am sure that moving bums on seats works, and I am confident that it will in this case. I am sure my right hon. and learned Friend will agree with me that a stream of blue narrative Conservative policies will now burst out of No. 10.


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