Blog - cutting the Royal Marines

I am concerned by a report in the Times that the Royal Marines may be cut to meet a £10 billion shortfall over the next decade. This would be quite unacceptable and I hope this speculation is unfounded. The article specified that one of the three, frontline Commando units may be axed.

Diary - official opening of new museum in Kimmeridge

Today the new museum in Kimmeridge was officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant Angus Campbell. This museum is a magnificent feat of sheer determination and of course the dedication and diligence of Steve Etches, who has collected fossils since he was five years old.

W2W - starting gun to leaving the EU is fired

ADDRESSING the Commons after Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Theresa May presented her vision of our country outside the EU.
She talked of optimism and hope and that our best days lie ahead.
I entirely concur and said so when called by the Speaker.

Diary - UK's position in Brexit negotiations

Up early and out for a run in the spring sunshine. After a short stint in the office, I walked to College Green for an interview with an on-line television programme called Insight.

Diary - another historic day

What a tremendous day! Another step towards shaking off the EU's shackles as the Prime Minister triggered Article 50 in a letter to President Tusk.

Triggering Article 50

The Prime Minister has today triggered Article 50, beginning the process of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union


Key points to remember:


Diary - Marine A home with his wife in days

A sunny spring day dawned this morning and I was up and around the park to welcome it. Today was always going to memorable, either way, as learnt the fate of Alexander Blackman, the former Royal Marine Sergeant jailed for shooting a wounded insurgent on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2011.

PR - new SW train franchisee should prioritise fast route to Weymouth

Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset, today welcomed new, South West Trains franchise holders, FirstGroup and MTR.

Stagecoach Group, which has run the service since privatisation in 1996, lost the franchise to the consortium after their bid was unsuccessful.

Diary - a new train franchisee announced

Back into the House post all the horror of last week's attack. Everything is back to normal, with floral tributes laid outside Parliament's front gates to the fallen PC Keith Palmer, who so bravely died defending us all within the Palace. A tragedy.

Blog - appeal for mercy for Marine A

The views expressed here are entirely my own, although I have cleared them with Alexander Blackman’s wife, Claire, and his QC.