W2W - EU bluster is not for us

THE backstop to the backstop, and the extension to the extension, are both non-starters.

Our negotiating stance now smacks of desperation, with our consistently weak stance over the past two years leaving us vulnerable to EU delay and duplicity.

Diary - fracking and seahorses

Run and into the Commons. First meeting was with a colleague of mine Lee Rowley, MP for NE Derbyshire. He wanted to chat about fracking and raise his concerns about Government proposals to allow energy companies to explore for fossil fuel without planning permission.

Diary - Portland MD sees defence procurement minister

Early morning run and into the office for a busy day. After completing routine matters in the morning and a working lunch at my desk, I headed across to Mark Francois's office to sign a letter to the PM.

Diary - meeting an inspirational team

Up early, a short stint in the office and then to London for another week. My first appointment was with the Weymouth Chamber of Commerce, whose members had come up for a tour of the House.

Education - fairer funding by F40

f40's central aim over more than 20 years has been to influence a significant change in the way the government allocates funding to local authorities and schools.

W2W - Fiscal responsibility

THE Prime Minister states that austerity is over, but fiscal responsibility is not.

I don’t agree with the former, while entirely concurring with the latter.

With the national debt at a staggering £1.8 trillion pounds, the country’s finances are still in a parlous state.

Diary - exciting challenge for agriculture post Brexit

Up early for my run and into the park in glorious autumn sunshine. To the office on my bicycle - a risky business in itself - and then spent time refining my speech on the Agriculture Bill in the afternoon. A charming young man from my constituency came and spent the day in the office.

Speech - new opportunities for agriculture

Heavens! You caught me by surprise there, Mr Deputy Speaker. I was not ready for that at all. Anyway, thank you very much for calling me to speak. I refer hon. Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.​

New law - better protection for our emergency services

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 became law on 13th September 2018.

This Act provides greater protection for our emergency services by making assaulting any emergency worker carrying out their duty a statutory aggravating factor in the eyes of the law.