Foreign Affairs

John Baron MP calls for increased FCO funding during Commons debate

March 1, 2016
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MP highlights importance of a well-funded diplomatic service Today in the House of Commons, MPs held a debate following the Foreign Affairs Committee’s (FAC) report on the Government’s Spending Review. The FAC called for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) budget to be protected in real terms, if not increased. The Government has done...
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John Baron MP questions Prime Minister on EU ‘red card’ backfiring

February 22, 2016
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MP says referendum choice for voters is very clear Today in the House of Commons the Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, gave a statement following the European Council meeting last week. At the meeting, the Prime Minister agreed Britain’s new relationship with the heads of government of the other 27 EU countries....
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John Baron MP takes Prime Minister’s advice and organises Parliamentary debate tomorrow on sovereignty

February 3, 2016
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MP is sorry PM’s diary is full Today the Prime Minister gave a Statement in the House of Commons, following the announcement yesterday of the agreement with the President of the European Council. At PMQs on 20th January, John asked that the Prime Minister respond to his letter signed by 40 Colleagues for a...
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John Baron MP raises Parliamentary sovereignty and EU negotiations in PMQs

January 20, 2016
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MP chases request for meeting on behalf of Colleagues At Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons this afternoon, John Baron MP asked the Prime Minister about Parliamentary sovereignty against the background of the EU negotiations. In the Chamber, John asked, “The Prime Minister will be aware a number of Colleagues and I...
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John Baron MP welcomes IAEA conclusion of no Iranian nuclear weapons programme

December 18, 2015
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MP recalls 285-6 Commons defeat when advocating greater diplomacy This week the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) closed its 12-year investigation into possible nuclear weapons development in Iran. The IAEA concluded that Iran conducted work towards nuclear weapons in 2003, and to a lesser extent in 2009, but that no evidence of this...
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John Baron MP presses Foreign Secretary on anti-Daesh strategy

December 16, 2015
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MP highlights unanswered questions Today the Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, gave a statement regarding Government policy against Daesh. This is in line with the Government’s commitments during the debate over Syria on 2nd December, in which it committed to regularly updating Parliament as to progress against the terrorist organisation. John asked,...
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John Baron MP questions Rt Hon Tony Blair on Libya

December 14, 2015
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MP believes key questions remain unanswered As part of its inquiry into the Libyan intervention in 2011, members of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee today questioned Rt Hon Tony Blair on Libya and his relationship with Colonel Gadhafi. As Prime Minister, Mr Blair was instrumental in bringing the Libyan régime ‘in from the cold’,...
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John Baron MP questions Rt Hon Tony Blair on Libya

December 11, 2015
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MP believes key questions remain unanswered As part of its inquiry into the Libyan intervention in 2011, members of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee today questioned Rt Hon Tony Blair on Libya and his relationship with Colonel Gadhafi. As Prime Minister, Mr Blair was instrumental in bringing the Libyan régime ‘in from the cold’,...
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John Baron MP responds to Parliamentary vote on Syria

December 3, 2015
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MP says Parliamentarians will continue to scrutinise the Government Last night the Prime Minister’s motion was passed by MPs, who supported it by 397 votes to 223. On an earlier vote, an amendment tabled by John Baron MP and representatives from five other parties was defeated by 390 votes to 211. John...
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John Baron MP highlights Foreign Affairs Committee’s resolution

December 2, 2015
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MP tables cross-party amendment against military action The Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) issued a report on British air strikes in Syria at the beginning of November, setting out members’ concerns about the nature and extent of the mission, and with the Government’s overall strategy. The Prime Minister himself responded to the Committee’s report directly...
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