Diary - DCH to get an extra £2 million

I was over the moon with the news that DCH is to receive a further £2 million to increase capacity and improve its emergency department. The money is to help DCH through the winter months. More restrictions imposed today as coronavirus cases rise.

Diary - more lockdowns and curfews on the way

With the number of COVID infections on the rise, two million people in north-east England are expected to face local restrictions. Areas including Newcastle and Sunderland are due to be subject to new measures.

Diary - discussing the role of our carrier strike force

Another glorious day. Out into the park first thing and then into the House. There is no doubt that getting a test for COVID-19 is proving a problem for many. Health Secretary acknowledged this, saying that the testing system was facing an "enormous challenge".

Diary - the UK will leave the EU as one entity

The temperature hovered near 30 degrees in London as the sun continued to shine. In the Commons the UK Internal Market Bill went through its Second Reading. There has been some controversy since one of our ministers told the House the Bill would break international law.

Speech - protecting the Union, by the PM

Mr Speaker, I beg to move that the Bill be read a Second time and this House acts to preserve one of the crucial British achievements of the last three centuries: namely our ability to trade freely across the whole of these islands. 

Letter - UK Internal Market Bill by the Prime Minister

Dear Colleague,

I wanted to write to you to set out why we are bringing forward the UK Internal Market Bill, and in particular address some of the questions about what impact this might have on the Northern Ireland Protocol.