Diary - a meeting with the PM

An early start as I was keen to attend a meeting with the PM at midday. With the sun shining, I decided go on my motorbike, which was a wise choice. I arrived at the Commons in plenty of time to get to No 9 Downing St by midday. The meeting itself was confidential so I cannot expand on it any further. It would be fair to say it involved an update on Brexit. At 1300 I headed back to my desk for a working lunch. At 1430 I sat in the Chamber to attend Education Questions. Afterwards, the House paid tribute to Dame Tessa Jowell, who has died from brain cancer. I did not know her, personally, but she had a fine reputation as a good person and effective MP. Her courage and dignity in the face of her adversity was inspirational. After working on a number of constituency matters, I walked up to the top floor and committee room 20 to attend one of the regular meetings by SW MPs. We heard from three men very involved in post offices. Stuart Rodgers is a sub-postmaster from Ashburton, Calum Greenhow is the chief executive designate of the National Union of Sub-Postmasters and Martin Kearsley is the Post Office's banking director. They each gave a short address which was most interesting. While banks are closing many branches around the country as their footfall drops, these three men said their branches could do everything that the banks could do. The problem, they said, was that not enough people knew that post offices could fulfil this role and they asked us MPs to help spread the word, which I am doing. Meanwhile, a Bill on haulage permits went through to about 2030 in the Chamber.