Diary - exciting challenge for agriculture post Brexit

Up early for my run and into the park in glorious autumn sunshine. To the office on my bicycle - a risky business in itself - and then spent time refining my speech on the Agriculture Bill in the afternoon. A charming young man from my constituency came and spent the day in the office. We farmed him out to various meetings, including PMQs, which he thoroughly enjoyed. PMQs was no particularly inspiring or revealing. Corbyn came up with an unaffordable list of pay rises on the back of the PM's claim that austerity is over. I think the Labour leader was making a point! There were no UQs or Statements, so, after a 10 Minute Rule Bill, the House began to debate the Second Reading of the Agriculture Bill. Michael Gove opened the batting for us, with a typically swashbuckling and confident speech. We then battled to stay awake while the Opposition spokesman made Labour's case. Despite the politics, we are not too far apart, although the Labour MPs were noticeable for their absence, as was the SNP team. I have noticed that they get very riled very quickly, a sign perhaps that they have not got an argument and would rather continue moaning. The debate went the whole way to 1900, with Backbenchers like me only getting five minutes to speak on an enormous subject. I think the view was that the Bill is good as far as it goes, but we need a lot more detail before it can be properly judged. What's exciting is that now we are leaving the EU, we will at last have a chance to create and forge our own farming plan for the future. Votes at 1900 and then to Dorset.