W2W - relief in Northern Ireland

THERE is much relief in Northern Ireland (NI) that the political stalemate is finally over.

It took compromise on both sides, as power-sharing has never been easy.

Now, after three long years, vital decisions, particularly over funding, can be made.

Diary - Northern Ireland back on track

Up early and out into the park for a run. After routine matters, I dropped down to the Chamber to attend a Statement on Northern Ireland. It's very good news that devolved government is now back on track after three long years, with both sides having to make compromises.

Speech - nine priorities for South Dorset

I congratulate the hon. Member for East Lothian (Kenny MacAskill) on an excellent, lucid speech. I thoroughly enjoy history—I think we all do—and we heard a lot of history in his speech, as well as a lot of passion.

Diary - picking up on the Queen's Speech

Up early and out into a sodden park. So wet that I had to keep to the paths for most of my run. Routine matters once in the House and into the Chamber for PMQs.

Diary - Iran becomes more and more of a threat

Into the Commons by 0800 for a meeting with the Chief Whip that I'd asked for. Although the conversation was in private, I can say the subject was the future of farming. I had asked Neil Parish and Owen Paterson to accompany me.

Diary - difficulties in the Royal household

More speculation over the future of the Royal Family as the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry met to discuss how this new relationship that Harry and Meghan want might work.

W2W - those who live by the sword tend to die by one

IT wasn’t that long ago that President Obama ordered the assassination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Like Iran’s General Qasem Soliemani, he was a clear and present danger to the US, with much blood on his hands.

Diary - EU Withdrawal Bill heads to the Lords

The final day of the EU Withdrawal Bill before it heads to the Lords. What an historic moment that will be. But first out for an early morning run, before running through routine matters in my office.