Diary

Diary - EU citizens' rights

An early morning run in cold conditions began the day. A haircut and into the Commons. A lot to catch up on and then into the Chamber at midday for PMQs. Corbyn was unimpressive, attacking on EU matters that the PM batted away easily.

Diary - move to unitaries

In the office all morning and up to the Commons in the afternoon. First stop was 9 Downing Street where I and colleagues had a meeting with one of the Brexit ministers. Back to Commons afterwards and to another meeting with the Chief Whip.

Diary - routine day

The House was not sitting, so I remained in Dorset working on many constituency matters. 

Diary - police funding

Morning was routine before PMQs. The PM did well, with Corbyn asking some perfectly fair questions. I went off to vote some colleagues on to committees at 1300 before returning to the Chamber to attend the debate on police funding.

Diary - lobbying hard

A very cold start to the day, which began with a refreshing run! Into the Commons and routine matters took me through to a private meeting with police minister Nick Hurd.

Diary - education update from new schools' commissioner

A brief flurry in the office and then up to London. First task was to meet the new Regional Schools Commissioner, Lisa Mannell. We met in a private room in Portcullis House and were soon chatting away about education in South Dorset, especially at Atlantic Academy on Portland.

Diary - campaign to highlight plight of homeless veterans

We held our annual AGM at E Burton Village Hall, starting with a bacon buttie at 0930. It was well attended and we had a long session, ending some two hours or so later. Much was discussed as the Chairman and I reported back to Members.

Diary - catching up with the Chief Constable

Lots to do in the morning, before heading to police HQs at Winfrith. There I had one of my regular updates with retiring Chief Constable Debbie Simpson, and PCC Martyn Underhill.

Diary - outdoor training for young prisoners

Up early and into the park for a run. Routine matters in the office, before meeting General Sir Rupert Smith, a most distinguished and decorate former soldier, who is now chairman of the charity The Airborne Initiative.