Diary

Diary - meeting the new Principal at All Saints

Appalling news today that a police custody sergeant was shot dead by a man who had been arrested and was handcuffed. The Prime Minister, Home Secretary and Met Police Commissioner paid tribute to Sergeant Matt Ratana. What a tragedy.

Diary - learning about cyber warfare

Chancellor Rishi Sunak returned to the Chamber today, saying it was "impossible" to predict how many jobs the government's new wage subsidy scheme would save. The scheme, set to replace furlough, will see the government top up the pay of people unable to work full time.

Diary - a depressing day with more restrictions

What a depressing day for the country and my constituency. In a TV broadcast, the PM called on the public to "summon the discipline and the resolve" to follow the new coronavirus rules. He warned the government may go further if people do not stick to them.

Diary - more restrictions coming our way

Bad news in that the UK's coronavirus alert level was upgraded from 3 to 4, meaning transmission is "high or rising exponentially". It came after the government's scientific adviser warned there could be 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day by mid-October without further action.

Diary - Durlston Country Park's a winner

Another lovely day, with a strong wind from the east. I say that because the sea off Durlston Country Park was awash with white seahorses. Most spectacular. Two cruise ships at anchor offshore reminded me of the consequences of all these lock-downs, which I disagree with.

Diary - DCH to get an extra £2 million

I was over the moon with the news that DCH is to receive a further £2 million to increase capacity and improve its emergency department. The money is to help DCH through the winter months. More restrictions imposed today as coronavirus cases rise.

Diary - more lockdowns and curfews on the way

With the number of COVID infections on the rise, two million people in north-east England are expected to face local restrictions. Areas including Newcastle and Sunderland are due to be subject to new measures.

Diary - discussing the role of our carrier strike force

Another glorious day. Out into the park first thing and then into the House. There is no doubt that getting a test for COVID-19 is proving a problem for many. Health Secretary acknowledged this, saying that the testing system was facing an "enormous challenge".