Diary - Captain Tom is Knighted

Well, the good news is that the PM believes life will have returned to normal by Christmas. I do hope he is right. Under new guidelines, people may use public transport for journeys immediately, while advice for employers will change from 1 August. Companies will have more discretion to bring staff back to workplaces if it is safe to do so. Mr Johnson added he was "hoping for the best and planning for the worst". I can hear my Father saying that to me all my life! He was right. Up early and dialled into our weekly conference call with the senior council officials, councillors and my parliamentary friends and colleagues. Much to discuss, which included the virus, test and trace, the LEP and strategic plans for the future. Then a pleasant ride to Weymouth on my motorbike to meet a constituent who runs a cafe and is worried about future funding. Back in time for my weekly catch-up with colleagues, which, this week, last for 90 minutes. There was a lot to chat about, all in total confidence, of course. I was so pleased to see that Captain Sir Tom had been knighted in a socially distanced ceremony in the grounds of Windsor Castle. What an extraordinary man and one who caught the moment in the midst of the pandemic lock-down. Oh, if only we had more like him today. And Princess Beatrice married property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at a private ceremony in Windsor. It was a small and very private affair. I wish them both well for the future.