Announcement - over two million people get a pay rise

As of yesterday, over 2 million people on the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage will get a pay rise, showing how we are working to build a stronger, fairer economy in which people have the security of a higher pay packet to provide for their families.

W2W - united we stand

THE unified response to Russia’s latest outrage is heart-warming.

While Sergei Skripal and his daughter remain critically ill in hospital, our allies and friends have reacted in a way unprecedented since the Cold War.

Diary - Home Secretary to stay

Into the office first thing, before heading to Weymouth to meet one of our prison officers and his wife. The PO concerned is recovering from a very serious assault at HMP Bedford, where he was on detached duty. He was knocked unconscious before the prisoner began stamping on his head.

Diary - lobbying for infrastructure funding

An early morning run and into the office. PMQs was particularly uninspiring, considering it was the last one before the Easter break. Corbyn chose mental health as his topic. The gloss is falling off this man as his true colours are revealed.

Press release - more must be spent on defence


Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset, yesterday asked the Prime Minister to confirm that Britain’s European allies must spend more on defence.

Diary - blue passports

Up early and into the office. The Prime Minister was making a statement on Europe this afternoon and I did not want to miss it. Arriving at the Commons, I learnt that an Urgent Question had been tabled about the growing row as to where our new blue passports should be produced.

Diary - their optimism was infectious

A busy morning in the office and then to my Associatoin HQs for two meetings. The first was with the charming Julie Connolly, the SW Regional Officer for the Royal College of Nursing. She was doing a tour of MPs to lobby hard for more pay for NHS staff.