An early morning run in cold conditions began the day. A haircut and into the Commons. A lot to catch up on and then into the Chamber at midday for PMQs. Corbyn was unimpressive, attacking on EU matters that the PM batted away easily.
In the office all morning and up to the Commons in the afternoon. First stop was 9 Downing Street where I and colleagues had a meeting with one of the Brexit ministers. Back to Commons afterwards and to another meeting with the Chief Whip.
It is a pleasure to take part in this debate and to listen to both the Minister, for whom I have a huge amount of respect, and the shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Louise Haigh), who is rightly holding the Government to account. I take all her points on board.
Morning was routine before PMQs. The PM did well, with Corbyn asking some perfectly fair questions. I went off to vote some colleagues on to committees at 1300 before returning to the Chamber to attend the debate on police funding.
A brief flurry in the office and then up to London. First task was to meet the new Regional Schools Commissioner, Lisa Mannell. We met in a private room in Portcullis House and were soon chatting away about education in South Dorset, especially at Atlantic Academy on Portland.
We held our annual AGM at E Burton Village Hall, starting with a bacon buttie at 0930. It was well attended and we had a long session, ending some two hours or so later. Much was discussed as the Chairman and I reported back to Members.
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