Diary - freedom of the press

Another full day, beginning with my customary run in the park. Seeing members of the Household Cavalry on their black mounts never fails to bring back many happy memories of my military days. A routine morning and into PMQs at midday. This being the PM's penultimate appearance at this event, she clearly intended to make her mark, launching into a scathing attack on Corbyn for the continuing anti-Semite row within Labour. I stayed on to participate in an UQ by David Davis regarding police surveillance of journalists. This refers to the hunt for whoever leaked confidential information on our Ambassador to the US's view of the President. The press are reporting that the police are scanning journalists' phones in their hunt for the leaker. A former journalist myself, I was keen to make the point that freedom of the press is essential in a democracy and we do not want the police turning up every time something is leaked. And this particular leak was more embarrassing than a threat to our security. Few MPs attended this UQ, which did not surprise me as only a handful objected to the Royal Charter a few years ago. I also asked the minister why the police had been called in. I'm not sure the minister answered that point. A quick sandwich at my desk before heading to CR5 for our weekly European Scrutiny Committee. After a private meeting, we took oral evidence from Professors Catherine Barnard, from Cambridge University, and Steve Peers, from the University of Essex. During this session and ones to follow, we are looking at the consequences of our departure from the EU and what effect, if any, EU laws will continue to have on us after we are out. The session was recorded and can be found on the parliamentary website. We dropped to one line mid afternoon, but I stayed on to 1900 working on a range of constituency matters.