Diary - more support for prison officers

An early start and up to London for our first day following the Party Conference season. The morning was spent on routine matters and catching up on all the political gossip, which is not insignificant here! At 1330 I attended the first of two private meetings about Brexit. Clearly, a lot has been said since we all met last and I think it fair to say that not all of it is at all helpful or positive. I wanted to meet farming minister George Eustice before tomorrow's debate on the Agriculture Bill, but that was thwarted by a late Statement by Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab in the Chamber. Keen to hear what he had to say, and to ask a question, I leapt up and down in an attempt to catch the Speaker's eye, but failed before I had to leave for the second private meeting with Michael Gove. I must mention that I was in the Chamber earlier in the afternoon for Justice Questions, as I was keen to follow up on my call for a better deterrent to prevent prisoners assaulting prison officers. Having asked my question, I was delighted to learn that the Government has backed Chris Bryant's Private Member's Bill, which does just that, and it is now law. The details are on my website on a separate page. The meeting with Mr Gove and four other colleagues lasted a good hour. Afterwards, I headed home as the House was on a one-line Whip.