Train strikes next week are going to cause chaos, which is what the hard-Left union bosses want of course. Negotiation is always the best way forward and I hope, even at this late stage, they can be averted. I was into the Commons first thing, where I remained to about midday catching up with constituency work and finishing off my weekly column for the local paper. With the temperature gauge on my motorbike reading almost 30 degrees, I battled through the traffic and out on to the M4, before heading home on the M3. Plenty to get on with in the office, including an interesting conversation with a charming constituent, who had two concerns she wanted to talk about. Worryingly, UK interest rates rose further as the Bank of England attempted to stem the pace of soaring prices. I am also concerned at the language coming from the Treasury, which is saying no tax cuts until inflation under control. Reducing the tax burden would not cause inflation to rise, but it would give hard-pressed people more money in their pockets. Finally, a coach-led culture of fear within British Gymnastics that put glory above athletes' well-being, led to gymnasts being subjected to physical and emotional abuse, a new review found. This is appalling. Tomorrow, temperatures are expected to rise to 34 degrees!