Day two at NATO HQs, Brussels. It's perhaps important to note that we were at the civilian HQs, not the military one, although we have met members of the military. Again, we had a full day, enjoying briefings from several distinguished people, including NATO's chief scientist, Bryan Wells, and UK's military representative, Lieutenant General Sir Ben Bathhurst. The level of debate at each of our sessions was impressive, giving us the chance to really get behind the workings of NATO. There is no doubt that Russia's invasion of Ukraine has shaken everyone at NATO to the core and so it should have done. There was much excitement at moves by both Finland and Sweden to join NATO. The Prime Minister promised to give the two countries whatever assistance they need if they were attacked. Two new members to NATO will certainly help secure our eastern flank, although it will infuriate Putin. Mid afternoon, we said our farewells to our hosts and headed back to the station. The journey back was uneventful and at 1701 we glided into St Pancras Station. We were met with pouring rain, having enjoyed balmy weather in Brussels. A fascinating and informative two days. Meanwhile, the Foreign Secretary said the UK “will not shy away” from taking action on the Northern Ireland Protocol after the Prime Minister indicated the situation was “now very serious”. It is and one that must be resolved, and fast. Abroad, a veteran Palestinian-American correspondent for Al Jazeera was killed while covering a raid by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank.