Diary - EU citizens' rights

An early morning run in cold conditions began the day. A haircut and into the Commons. A lot to catch up on and then into the Chamber at midday for PMQs. Corbyn was unimpressive, attacking on EU matters that the PM batted away easily.

Diary - move to unitaries

In the office all morning and up to the Commons in the afternoon. First stop was 9 Downing Street where I and colleagues had a meeting with one of the Brexit ministers. Back to Commons afterwards and to another meeting with the Chief Whip.

Diary - routine day

The House was not sitting, so I remained in Dorset working on many constituency matters. 

Speech - PM on future security


For more than half a century, the UK has worked with nations from Europe and across the Atlantic to forge our common security based on the fundamental values we all share.

W2W - more to Weymouth jobcentre than you'd expect

THE jobcentre has had its share of detractors over the years and, in some cases, fairly so.

But there’s been a revolutionary change in the way they operate and, on a recent visit to the one in Weymouth, I left genuinely inspired.

Speech - Police Grant Report

It is a pleasure to take part in this debate and to listen to both the Minister, for whom I have a huge amount of respect, and the shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Louise Haigh), who is rightly holding the Government to account. I take all her points on board.

Diary - police funding

Morning was routine before PMQs. The PM did well, with Corbyn asking some perfectly fair questions. I went off to vote some colleagues on to committees at 1300 before returning to the Chamber to attend the debate on police funding.

Diary - lobbying hard

A very cold start to the day, which began with a refreshing run! Into the Commons and routine matters took me through to a private meeting with police minister Nick Hurd.

Diary - education update from new schools' commissioner

A brief flurry in the office and then up to London. First task was to meet the new Regional Schools Commissioner, Lisa Mannell. We met in a private room in Portcullis House and were soon chatting away about education in South Dorset, especially at Atlantic Academy on Portland.

Diary - campaign to highlight plight of homeless veterans

We held our annual AGM at E Burton Village Hall, starting with a bacon buttie at 0930. It was well attended and we had a long session, ending some two hours or so later. Much was discussed as the Chairman and I reported back to Members.