W2W - must look forward now

THERE was less pomp and ceremony at this week’s State Opening of Parliament.

Further, there might not be another for two years, as the Government concentrates on negotiating Brexit.

W2W - The Grenfell Tower Fire

THE terrible Grenfell Tower fire in West London still smoulders on as I write.
My heart goes out to the shattered survivors, many of whom have lost everything.
The death toll is mounting and the numbers of those still missing suggest an unthinkable, final count.

A huge thank you

WHAT a great honour and privilege it is to be returned as MP for South Dorset.

Thank you to those who voted for me, and to those who did not, I shall continue to serve everyone without fear or favour.

W2W - been a pleasure to serve

THIS will be my last column of the Parliament.

I would like to thank the Echo for giving me this privilege, which I hope has informed, entertained and, no doubt, caused a few jaws to clench.

Serving as your MP for the past seven years has been an immense privilege and honour.

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.

W2W - dangerous times

SUDDENLY, the world looks a lot less stable.

Two of the world’s great superpowers are currently ruled by two, extremely touchy autocrats.

 “Make America Great Again,” was Trump’s election battle cry, while Putin has promised to restore Russia to her former glory.

W2W - upping the rhetoric over Gibraltar

COULD we see another Falklands-style conflict as Spain casts a covetous eye over Gibraltar?

One or two of the more alarming press reports suggested this, laying out our respective Forces across their pages.

However, I can safely predict that war with Spain is a nonsense.

W2W - starting gun to leaving the EU is fired

ADDRESSING the Commons after Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Theresa May presented her vision of our country outside the EU.
She talked of optimism and hope and that our best days lie ahead.
I entirely concur and said so when called by the Speaker.

W2W - terrorism will never win

WHILE medics fought valiantly to save a fatally wounded policeman after Wednesday’s attack, they were also working on the terrorist who’d stabbed him.

There are few other countries in the world where that would happen.

And this is what we are defending.

W2W - justice for a courageous former Royal Marine

THE Royal Courts of Justice are an imposing place and nowhere more so than Court 4.

For it is here that the fate of former Royal Marine Sergeant Alexander Blackman is being decided.