A busy day for our Defence Committee, with a doubt session. The first began at circa 1030, where we followed up on our investigation on women in the Armed Forces. We took evidence from four witnesses. They were Dr Andrew Murrison, Minister for Defence People, Veterans and Service Families, Admiral Sir Ben Key, First Sea Lord, Air Marshal Paul Lloyd, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff and Lieutenant General Sharon Nesmith, Deputy Chief of the General Staff. This has proved a most interesting investigation, started by my colleague Sarah Atherton, who chaired a sub-committee into the topic and found herself inundated with women who had suffered abuse of one kind or another and felt strongly that the system had failed them. You can watch this session on Parliament TV. I dropped down to the Chamber for a Statement on the situation in Gaza, but had to leave for some delegated legislation on terrorism. I missed, therefore, the beginning of the Committee's second session on Armed Forces' readiness. This session was aimed at the Royal Navy and the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Ben Key, found himself in front of us again. Twice in one day! There was only one vote on the King's Speech at 1900. I was contacted by the Daily Telegraph and asked whether I'd read Suella Braverman's resignation letter. I had not, but soon did. It was akin to an exocet missile, aimed very personally at the PM. A vote on a ceasefire in Gaza, brought forward by the SNP for tomorrow night, has caused dissent in Labour's ranks. The Government's line, and one I support, is that humanitarian pauses are acceptable, while a ceasefire is not. Hamas has no intention of stopping their murderous campaign and a ceasefire would only aid these terrorists who we heard are being tracked down and killed. Labour was to put forward its own amendment to the King’s Speech to “reaffirm” the party’s position on the Israel-Hamas conflict. US officials supported Israeli claims that Hamas was basing itself under civilian centres in the Gaza strip, including hospitals. And a man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of ice hockey player Adam Johnson, whose neck was cut during a match.