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Diary - meeting a new headteacher in Swanage

An early rise and to County Hall in Dorchester by 0830. My first meeting was with Martyn Underhill, Dorset's Police & Crime Commissioner, and his team. We chatted about a proposed rise in the precept and the welcome arrival of Government monies to fund another 50 officers in Dorset.

W2W - BBC woes

TO my surprise, no sooner had I decided to write about the BBC this week than the Director General resigned.

Tony Hall leaves the publicly-funded broadcaster in stormy waters, not least for perceived bias and an obsession with minority interests.

Diary - pushing the case for the south west

Out into the park again first thing, although not quite so cold this morning. After a busy morning, I entered the Chamber for PMQs. Corbyn decided to concentrate on the less well off and those on universal credit. The PM batted him away comfortably.

Speech - Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill

As I stood up, I received a text message saying, “Wind up”. I do not think it referred to me personally, but I will not keep the House for too long. I refer Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests; it is very important that I do so in this particular debate.

Diary - Queen's Speech concludes

A busy morning in the office and then up to London. We had to vote for new appointees to the 1922 Backbench Committee, which I duly did. It was the last day of the Queen's Speech, which I had already contributed to, so i retired to my office and dealt steadily with a mass of correspondence.

Diary - health, education and waste plant

With the minimum threat of rain, I thought it time to get back on to my steel horse for more constituency commitments. First stop was DCH. There I met Chairman Mark Addison and Director of Strategy Nick Johnson.