Diary - gloves come off in the House

Another extraordinary day in politics as Remainers continue to do their best to prevent Brexit, some under the pretence of a second referendum. It was the first of five days of debate on withdrawal bill. The main debate was delayed while the Government was subjected to a contempt of Parliament motion put forward by a coalition of Opposition Parties, although our friends in the DUP were also against us. The motion called for the Government to publish all its legal advice, which the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox had tried to explain to the House yesterday. Understandably, the Government did not want to do this because it would set a precedent that would undermine the Executive's ability to take advice in confidence. And of course those who give advice will be more unlikely to do so for fear of appearing on the front pages of our papers. Regrettably, the Government lost the vote and I believe the legal advice will now be published. Then it was time for the main event, which will run to next Tuesday. I listened to the two opening speeches and was not impressed by either. Then it was time for Backbenchers and Boris Johnson was called first. By chance, I was sitting right behind him and witnessed the appalling treatment dished out to him by Remainers as he tried to speak. I am tempted to name them, their behaviour was so loathsome, but that would give them the publicity they do not deserve. Of course MPs on both sides of the Brexit debate have strong feelings, but that does not mean they can behave with impunity. Boris gave a good speech and stood his ground well. He is of course a big fella and can stand up for himself. Finally, having written to the PM to ask for a personal meeting, I was granted one at 1400. Clearly, it was in private and in confidence, but I can say I gave the PM my fulsome and blunt appraisal. Regrettably, it had no effect, and we blunder on. There is another option; it's call WTO terms, on which most countries around the world trade on perfectly peacefully and satisfactorily. I managed to secure a WH debate on the financial concerns that have been consistently raised by my constituent Mervyn Stewkesbury, the owner of Betterment Homes, a house construction company, based in Weymouth. I have placed his concerns, raised in my speech, and the Minister's reply, on the website, so will not expand further here. It was typical of Mr Stewkesbury to come all the way up to the Commons to listen in person to the one-hour debate.