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Diary - Question No 2, Mr Speaker

An air of expectation hung over the Chamber all morning as we waited for PMQs. I had Qu No 2 and used it to point out Mr Corbyn's lack of credibility as a leader when it came to issues like MI5, the police and of course our Armed Forces.

Diary - Lunch with ITV's head of news

There's a distinct end of term feel to Parliament as we all attempt to clear our desks, as far as that is possible, before heading to our constituencies to fight the general election.

Diary - safeguarding monkeys as pets

In early, through the routine matters, and then on to drafting my speech for the Adjournment Debate in the evening. Working with Dr Alison Cronin, the remarkable CEO of Monkey World in my constituency, I decided to apply for a debate on the vexed question of primates as pets.

Speech - Primates as Pets

It seems barely credible in this age of enlightened animal welfare provisions and animal rights, but it is still entirely legal for someone to walk into a pet shop and buy any one of 66 species of monkey as easily as they can buy a goldfish in a plastic bag.

Diary - VIP day at StreetWise

Up early and on to my motorcycle for a nice ride to Portland. I headed straight to St John's Church Hall where I met up with Dave Farmer, who is one of the volunteers running the  foodbank.

W2W - time to take our country forward

ANOTHER election, I hear you say.

Yes, I’m afraid there is, and on the 8th June the country will once again go to the polls in order to clear the decks for our negotiated exit from the EU.

Diary - election preparations

A routine morning in the House before heading to Dorset for a meeting with my election team. Certainly, Mrs May's announcement caught us all on the hop and there's a bit of organising to do! A dinner with the Chief Constable had to be cancelled sadly. 

Diary - raising concerns over the Marine A case

The talk is still about the next General Election, set for 8 June, almost a year to the day that the country voted to leave the EU. Extraordinary how events change.

Diary - PM calls early General Election

What a day! Talk about being taken by surprise. We'd all just returned from the Easter break and I was in my office by 0900 sorting through several routine matters when my assistant called me to say that the PM was to make a statement on the steps on No 10 at 1115.

Text of the Prime Minister's Statement announcing a General Election on June 8

‘I have just chaired a meeting of the Cabinet where we agreed that the government should call a general election to be held on the 8th June. I want to explain the reasons for that decision, what will happen next, and the choice facing the British people when you come to vote in this election.