W2W - top UK figures promote China's influence

AS China’s malign influence continues to grow, there is worrying evidence they’ve got some powerful friends in the UK.

It’s now known that some influential and well paid figures sit on the Board of Huawei, the telecommunications company answerable to the Chinese state.

W2W - back to work we must go

UNLOCKING the country was always going to be the biggest challenge.

But we must, before lives, livelihoods and children’s education are devastated further.

The easing of restrictions is welcome, but many businesses such as gyms and swimming pools still have to remain closed.

W2W - we must not be silenced

LAST Thursday, the nation woke up to the news that a council was considering removing the statue of Lord Baden Powell for safekeeping.

The founder of the Scouts was, apparently, a Nazi sympathiser.

W2W - anarchy is in the air

VIOLENT protest is inexcusable and I condemn it.

Don’t get me wrong.

The death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minnesotan police was abhorrent and those involved have been rightly charged.

W2W - democracy further under threat in Hong Kong

I’VE been to Hong Kong as a young boy, a soldier and a tourist.

On each occasion, I recall friendly, law-abiding and hard-working people who hold the UK in high regard.

The former colony was under British rule for 156 years, until we handed it back finally to China in 1997.

W2W - indebted to courageous and professional firefighters


That was the description given to me by a senior office, with more than 30 years’ experience in the fire service, who I met at the incident control point late on Monday last week.

By then, he and scores of firefighters had been combating the fire since midday.

W2W - warning that China buying up defence companies

WHILE the world suffers from this pandemic, China continues to manoeuvre.

This week, evidence was given to the Defence Select Committee, on which I sit, that China is buying up French defence companies which have gone bust during the outbreak.

W2W - common sense must prevail

THE lock-down is threatening countless lives and livelihoods.

Constituents running businesses in the hospitality sector tell me they are particularly vulnerable.

Turnover normally starts to climb at this time of the year, with the summer promising much more.

W2W - time to rebuild our fishing industry

ON the 1st of January next year we regain control of our fishing waters, and not before time.

EU policy resulted in the devastation of our fleet, with those that survived ending up with a ridiculously small share of the quota.