Adam Afriyie
MP for Windsor
Let’s embrace encryption, not ban it

With the publication of new Investigatory Powers legislation due this week, Adam Afriyie MP, a former technology entrepreneur and Chair of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has said that a crackdown on encryption technology would be economically irresponsible and ultimately futile.

In an article, published on the Telegraph, Adam Afriyie writes:

“The Government is rightly concerned about the risks of digital encryption technology, in the same way that it was concerned about invisible ink, encoded letters and faxes in the past. If there is substance to rumours of a crackdown on encryption in the publication of new Investigatory Powers legislation, it would be as mistaken as it would be ineffective.

Banning technology does not get rid of it. It either makes criminals of millions of normal internet users, or designates it the reserve of established criminals like drug dealers and terrorists.”

To read the article in full on the Telegraph website, click here.

Conservatives are social reformers

As a long-standing advocate of social mobility I was cheered by the message at this years’ conference.

The Prime Minister laid out the moral mission for Conservatives over the next Parliament in his keynote address.

The message was clear and unequivocal: if you want something done about the challenges facing society, then the Conservatives are the only party for you.

As Conservatives, we are determined to tackle the complex social and economic issues of our time. Whether it’s housing, prisons, family stability, the care system or social mobility, we need to get to work, even if other politicians and political parties are reluctant to express their views through fear of being exposed as out of kilter with the sentiments of modern Britain.

The Conservative party has a proud heritage of social reformers from Disraeli’s “One Nation” conservatism to Macmillan’s housebuilding and Thatcher’s reshaping of the economy. We have a strong tradition of reforming and strengthening society. It should be no different today.

Conservatives for Britain will get the best deal for Britain in Europe

ConforBrit logoI am proud to be a supporter of Conservatives for Britain, a group set up to push for fundamental reform of Britain’s relationship with the European Union.

Conservatives for Britain will assess whether renegotiation achieves fundamental reform of our EU membership. If the EU refuses to change and provide a sustainable future for its member states, then we will recommend that Britain becomes an outward-looking, globally focussed nation that trades with Europe and the rest of the world from outside of the European Union.

The changes that we need are:

  • Border control. As the crisis in the Mediterranean and at Calais is showing, EU policy is causing chaos. Britain needs to manage immigration in a sustainable way that benefits British citizens and aspiring migrants who want to contribute to our country.
  • Free trade. We should have the ability to make trade deals with friendly nations all around the globe to bring prices down and boost British exports.
  • Less regulation. The EU has imposed a Kafkaesque system of incomprehensible regulations that kill small businesses, to the benefit of multinational corporations and their swish legal teams. Regulations must be cut and only apply to those businesses exporting to EU countries.
  • Parliamentary sovereignty. The European Commission remains distant and is appointed by back door deals, where political elites club together to benefit themselves. British law laid down by a sovereign Parliament, made up of accountable politicians, must remain the law of the land.
  • An end to “ever closer union”. The British public wants a friendly, trading relationship with our European partners, not to hand over political powers to unelected bureaucrats in Brussels. We need to act in our national interest, opting out of more integration.

The EU, as it stands, is broken. It’s too protectionist, bureaucratic and undemocratic. It needs to allow its member states more freedom to trade as they choose, a democratic process of holding decision-makers to account and assurances that Britain will not be dragged down the rabbit hole of further integration.

If you agree that the EU needs serious reform, then sign up to Conservatives for Britain to join a wide movement of activists, supporters and representatives who are working hard to get the best deal for Britain.

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Centre-right think tank backs MP’s call to reject the Airports Commission’s main recommendation

The Bow Group, an influential centre-right think tank, has published a report by the Conservative MP, Adam Afriyie, calling on the Government to reject the main recommendation of the Airports Commission.

In his report, Adam Afriyie calls for a long-term strategy for UK aviation.

In the report, titled A Confident and Forward Looking Britain Would Build an Offshore Airport, Mr Afriyie writes:

“Heathrow is not located in an area amenable to major expansion. The ludicrous plan for expansion includes the introduction of a congestion charge for people dropping off relatives at the airport, re-tunnelling the M25 (the busiest motorway in the country) to avoid the new runway, relocation of a nearby waste management plant, and restriction on flights at nearby RAF Northolt.

“If we are destined to take a short-sighted view, then an extra runway at Gatwick would certainly be a better option. Importantly, Gatwick will not place an unbearable burden on the public purse. Heathrow could cost the taxpayer anywhere between £15-20 billion.

“What happens when we need two, three or four more runways? And we will.

Windsor’s MP praises Budget for social mobility

Summer Budget - Personal AllowanceToday Adam Afriyie, Windsor’s MP for the past decade, has welcomed the Chancellor’s 2015 Budget, which has set out how the Government will eliminate the deficit and boost economic growth and employment.

The measures included a lower tax for the lower paid, a commitment to the NATO defence spending target of 2%, continuation of welfare reforms and objectives to achieve 3 million new apprenticeships and full employment by 2020.

Mr Afriyie, commented after watching the Budget:

“This Budget takes people out of state dependency and lets working people keep more of the money they earn.

“The Labour Party bred state dependency in their time in office through the use of tax credits.  It was a dreadful system that meant middle and higher income families were supplicants to the state for handouts. In effect the state took your money in taxes, then repaid some of it back to you in tax credits for which you were meant to be grateful.

“This Budget begins to unpick unhealthy state dependency and allows people to re-gain control of their lives and spending choices.