This was always going to be a long day, and so it turned out. To keep body and soul together, I set off early for a long run, which is my way of switching off in preparation for a draining day. After a busy morning, wandered down to the Lords to watch the former Labour MP, Kate Hoey, being enobled. She is a wonderful lady and friend and if the Labour Party had MPs like her, we'd never get in again! She was solid and honourable on Brexit and we became friends over the three year battle to implement the will of the people. The ceremony was short and sweet and I caught her afterwards as she came out of the Chamber with her two backers. I then had to rush to CR14 for a private meeting organised by Steve Baker MP. The meeting was in confidence. Then at 1345 I tuned in virtually to the private part of our next Defence Select Committee. Then I walked across to the MacMillan Room in PCH for the public session. Today we took oral evidence from Nicola Williams, whose tenure as Service Complaints Ombudsman will end on 31 December 2020. Her CV is impressive. She took up post as the first Service Complaints Ombudsman on 1 January 2016. Prior to being appointed as the then Service Complaints Commissioner in 2015, Nicola held the post of the Complaints Commissioner for the Cayman Islands from 2009 to 2015, with a remit that extended over 93 government entities. Since 2009, Nicola has also been a Crown Court Recorder sitting on the London and South Eastern Circuit. Between 2004 and 2009, Nicola was a Commissioner at the Independent Police Complaints Commission, with particular responsibility for Kent, Sussex, the Ministry of Defence Police and part of the Metropolitan Police. Prior to this, she was a board member at the Police Complaints Authority from 2001 to 2004. Between 1985 and 2001, Nicola was a barrister in private practice, practising in a number of fields before the High Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal, and specialising in Criminal Law, including three successful Commonwealth death penalty appeals before the House of Lords sitting as the Privy Council. Nicola is a founder member of the Independent Advisory Group to the Metropolitan Police Service (following recommendations arising from the Stephen Lawrence Report in 1999). In addition to being actively engaged as a mentor for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, Nicola is also a published author. Our Committee was keen to hear Nicola’s experience of her office and the wider Service complaints' system before the Committee’s pre-appointment hearing with the government’s preferred candidate for the post. We also explored the progress on the various programmes of work conducted by the MoD since the Wigston review and any future challenges the Ombudsman’s office have identified. All can be seen and heard on Hansard. Then at 1630 I joined virtually our weekly meeting with a small number of colleagues. Always insightful, refreshingly honest and Conservative, I value this hour enormously. We ended sooner that usual as the PM was appearing virtually at a hastily organised meeting of the '22 Committee. That normally means something's in the air. I waited for 10 minutes, but due to technical problems the PM still had not appeared before I had to drop down to the Chamber to speak in the Covid-19 debate, which ended at 1800. Due to some colleagues pulling out, I was called just before it ended and my contribution can be seen on the website. There were then several SI votes, all giving the Government extraordinary powers to place regions in tier one, two, or three. The whole of England is now in one of them. I joined 41 Conservative colleagues who rebelled against the imposition of the 10pm curfew. We knew we'd never win, but it was another warning shot. The number of colleagues that do not approve of all these restrictions is growing. Afterwards, amendments from the Lords on the Fisheries Bill were debated before three votes at 2100. As the day ended, I picked up on our WhatsApp that a colleague or colleagues had leaked on the private meeting with the PM. I have raised this issue with the Whips' Office on several occasions, telling them to take action against those who disrespect this confidentiality. It simply means that the PM cannot talk to us off the record, which is a shame. Sadly, it seems that one or two colleagues have no sense of shame.