Diary

Diary - a devastating fire damages France's iconic Cathedral

France is mourning this morning as hundreds of firefighters continue to watch over a smouldering Notre-Dame Cathedral. The devastating fire began last night at about 1800. A large part of the roof and spire have been destroyed, along with many valuable artefacts.

Diary - another extension, another broken promise

A day of private meetings and voting against the Government - again. How deeply depressing that this has to be the case. It was hard to stomach this afternoon, seeing Conservative MPs standing in the same Lobby as Corbyn.

Diary - an "abomination of a Bill."

Another shambolic and ghastly day. I cannot understand why so many MPs, including several on my side, wish to hand our country over to a bunch of bureaucrats.

Diary - another day of shame

It was always going to be a day of shame, as MPs like Oliver Letwin continued their moves to take control of the Order Paper and delay Brexit. And so it proved to be.

Diary - another day of chaos

After a pretty stressful day yesterday, what with one thing and another, it was a little calmer today as the likes of Letwin and Cooper were not pushing their controversial versions of Brexit on us.

Diary - take us out of the EU, or go Prime Minister

Over the weekend, I had mulled over the way I had voted again and again. Had I made the right decision, or not? My gut said I had not, so, for me, personally, I had to put the record straight. I thought I would do this via a Point of Order today.

Diary - a bad day in the office and for our democracy

We kicked off events today at 0930. The vote on Meaningful Vote (MV) 3 was due at 1430. I had a speech ready, and sat for many hours listening to colleagues on both sides of the House about the pros and cons of Mrs May's Deal.

Diary - seeking the views of my Executive

The day before that vote again. The mood in the House is fractious. Many of us see Brexit being squandered, deliberately so by some. It really saddens me that so many MPs are not honouring the referendum result which was to leave the EU.

Diary - MPs think they know best

My day began in the dentist's chair, where, frankly, I should have remained! What a tumultuous day in the Commons as the quasi-PM Oliver Letwin hijacked the Order Paper, with the collusion of the Speaker, and the real PM said she's off.