Diary

Diary - good communication with the PM

Out for a run on an extremely cold morning. A busy day working on constituency matters, not least replying to several constituents concerned about the proposed new train tirme-table by the SWR. I have met the new CEO to pass on other concerns and he reassured me that they were listening.

Diary - trade talks can now start

Snow across the country provided a challenging start to Monday. After a morning in the office, I headed to London to listen to the Prime Minister make a statement on the latest news on our EU negotiations.

Diary - EU debate continues

A day full of claim and counter-claim. The EU, naturally. Day began with a run and then in for an early session of our European Scrutiny Committee. I spoke to several colleagues about EU negotiations and the views were mixed.

Diary - concerns from the POA

A full day which started with a run. Routine matters out of the way, I concentrated on constituency cases before attending an Urgent Question posed by Labour on the EU negotiations.

Diary - crossed wires in EU debate

An early start for another week, which promises to be interesting. We had the EU Withdrawal Bill again today and that was due to last to the early hours, and did!

Diary - ice rink opened

Up early on a cold, cold morning. First stop the office and then to my Association office to go through a number of constituency-related matters. At 1230 I was in ASDA doing one of my regular surgeries.

Diary - to No 10

Up early and out for a run on a cold morning. The Christmas fair is well under way in Hyde Park. Dealt with routine matters over a coffee and croissant and then to No 10 to listen to the PM's chief of staff, former MP Gavin Barwell.

Diary - a poignant time with the Anthony Nolan charity

Up to the Commons and straight into the Chamber to wait my turn to speak during the last day of the Budget debate. I found myself juggling this and attending an awards' ceremony laid on by the cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

Diary - a Royal engagement

Today, Prince Harry announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, the American actress. I have written a separate blog on this great news and I wish them both well. Up early and a busy day in the office. With the House on a one-line whip, I concentrated on tackling the constituency in-tray.

Diary - minister meets Dorset farmers

After a busy morning, I headed to Kingston Maurward College to meet DEFRA minister George Eustice. I had asked him to come down and address farmers about their concerns, not least about Brexit and other issues, such as TB.