Diary

Diary - routine day

A busy day dealing with constituency matters and preparing for a speech on police funding tomorrow. 

Diary - school funding formula

Back to the House early afternoon after a busy Monday morning. First up was a presentation by Margaret Judd, from Dorset County Council, who leads for the F40 group, which has been campaigning for over 20 years for fairer funding for schools.

Diary - update on proposed healthcare provision for the county

A busy morning on constituency matters and then out to East Dorset Golf Club to meet the new police Inspector at Wareham. Sadly, there was no time for a round (of golf), but Andy Keele and I did chat for some time about policing in Purbeck and other related matters.

Diary - Boris comes to dinner

A busy morning and then down to Weymouth for one of regular surgeries in ASDA. The store has very kindly lent me a room at the back, which is perfect and this week our table was decorated with flowers! A wide variety of cases this week, as is always the case.

Diary - getting our country back

Another extraordinary day; in fact historic day! The day ended with the majority of MPs (4 to 1) voting to send the EU Withdrawal Bill up to the Lords.

Diary - moves to increase house building

Another day of debate around the EU Withdrawal Bill. Amendments thrown at it by those who do not want to leave the EU and by those who want to remain in part of the EU. There is no doubt that much of this is aimed at placing obstacles in the Government's path.

Diary - Speaker bans Trump from addressing both Houses

What a day! The Speaker erupts and Alex Salmond screams blue murder in the Chamber. The first order of the day was Education Questions, which was followed by a Statement by the Prime Minister about her latest meeting with the European Council.

Diary - Association AGM

Time for our Association's annual AGM. We held in the hall in Wool and it was well attended. We all enjoyed bacon butties and coffee for the first 30 minutes before we settled down for the meeting itself.

Diary - fossils reveal a fascinating past

An early start to a busy day. At 1100 I headed down to Kimmeridge in pouring rain to visit the newly opened Etches Museum. After being totally impressed by the tasteful finish, I entered to be met the museum's chairman Richard Bond and the man himself Steve Etches. What a man.

Diary - update on policing

In the main, a day of correspondence, broken by a visit to the new Assistant Chief Constable, Mark Cooper, at Police HQs and an excellent and top quality address by Jacob Rees-Mogg at one of our fundraising evenings in Weymouth. Mr Cooper could not have been more helpful and accommodating.