Diary - a very positive feel at the YOI

A rise in coronavirus cases in Birmingham saw households banned from mixing in new lock-down measures. The rate of infection more than doubled in the city in a week to 90.3 cases per 100,000. The measures also cover neighbouring Sandwell and Solihull, affecting more than 1.6 million people in tot

W2W - vital we get on with our lives, despite the virus

THIS week, along with 46 MPs and peers, I called for a return to business as usual in both Houses.

Our point was, that unless we lead by example, we are in no position to tell others to go back to work.

Diary - EU threatens legal action

Plans to rewrite parts of the EU withdrawal agreement are causing a wee storm in some quarters. The EU is demanding we ditch them or risk jeopardizing a trade deal. Same old EU, then. With national law trumping international law, we can do this, and we will.

Diary - we need a sense of proportion

A rather depressing day, if I am honest. It started well with an early morning run, but then degenerated fast as I picked up on the news about the new "rule of six", restricting gatherings to a maximum of six people, enforced by police able to issue fines or make arrests.

Coronavirus update - hands, face, space

The Prime Minister has announced a new rule of six for social gatherings, helping us to control and suppress the spread of coronavirus.

Diary - defence select committee meets again

A rise in coronavirus cases saw further restrictions in Bolton, including only allowing takeaways and curtailing nightlife. All hospitality venues will be limited to takeaway and must be closed to customers between 2200 and 0500 each day.