Diary

Diary - a totally unnecessary foul-up

Another day at  the office, and not a satisfactory one. The withdrawal from the EU was back in the Chamber and I'd put in to speak. After a routine morning, I entered the Chamber just after midday and took my place at the back on the right.

Diary - Brexit continues to dominate the agenda

A cold morning run and into the House. Routine morning and then into the Chamber for PMQs. Nothing especially scintillating today. At 1345 it was time for the weekly meeting of the European Scrutiny Committee, which was held in private. There's a lot going on behind the scenes, as you'd imagine.

Diary - the dangers of an anti-acne drug

An early start and out into the cold for some exercise. Into the House and routine matters through the morning. At about 1230 I entered the Chamber to listen to another Statement by the PM. It was very short on detail and really repeated what we'd already heard.

Diary - back to the Commons

Back up to the Commons for another week. It was a quiet day but it gave me time to catch up with a lot of constituency correspondence and other matters. The Whip was shortened from 9pm to 6pm, but one statememt and three urgent questions kept matters running to about 1900. 

Diary - catch up with an island friend

Off to Portland first thing in blustery and rainy conditions. My first port of call was to meet Les and Jean Ames, two of the loveliest people you could care to meet. Les is now 99 and has served the island with dignity, courage and devotion for decades.

Diary - supporting our police

It certainly was not as cold on my morning run than it has been. Wolfed down a bacon-buttie once in the House and scoured all the papers. A bit of balance in some of them!

Diary - tackling knife crime

A busy morning and then to London for another week of politics. We had an interesting Urgent Question(UQ) from Labour on knife crime, which I attended.

Diary - our AGM

Our annual Association AGM is always well attended, and this year was no exception. It started outside, when I found my caseworker Hennie Weld in the road caring for an elderly gentlemen who'd fallen on the ice.

Diary - care for the homeless

With snow overnight, the morning was always going to be challenging. However, I fortunately have a Landrover and it can plough through anything. A very cold morning began early as I was heading to Weymouth by 0630 to visit a homeless charity called Refresh.