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Diary - a depressing day with more restrictions

What a depressing day for the country and my constituency. In a TV broadcast, the PM called on the public to "summon the discipline and the resolve" to follow the new coronavirus rules. He warned the government may go further if people do not stick to them.

Speech - coronavirus update from the Prime Minister

Mr Speaker, with your permission, I will make a statement on our response to the rising number of Coronavirus cases

and how we must act now to avoid still graver consequences later on.

Diary - more restrictions coming our way

Bad news in that the UK's coronavirus alert level was upgraded from 3 to 4, meaning transmission is "high or rising exponentially". It came after the government's scientific adviser warned there could be 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day by mid-October without further action.

Letter to the Telegraph - no more lockdowns

SIR – A major rethink on how we battle coronavirus is urgently needed. Now, we’re far better informed, so locking us all down and destroying more lives and livelihoods are not the answer.

Diary - Durlston Country Park's a winner

Another lovely day, with a strong wind from the east. I say that because the sea off Durlston Country Park was awash with white seahorses. Most spectacular. Two cruise ships at anchor offshore reminded me of the consequences of all these lock-downs, which I disagree with.