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Diary - back into the fray

Back to the Commons and into the fray. A mass of things to do and work through. Applied for a debate on the future of the NHS. Now have to see whether I am chosen. The Queen's Speech debates continued. Supper with my daughter. 

Diary - catch up post election

Having spoken last week on the Queen's Speech, I decided to remain in Dorset and catch up on a mass of post election correspondence.

Diary - a poignant Armed Forces' Day in Swanage

It was Armed Forces' day today and I found myself heading to Swanage to attend two parades, both of them linked. The resort has enjoyed 30 years' association with the Royal Signals at Blandford, their HQs.

W2W - must look forward now

THERE was less pomp and ceremony at this week’s State Opening of Parliament.

Further, there might not be another for two years, as the Government concentrates on negotiating Brexit.

Speech - priorities must change

It is a genuine pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon). I also congratulate my new colleague, my hon. Friend the Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (John Lamont), on his excellent maiden speech. Well done; brilliant!​

Diary - speaking on the Queen's Speech

I had put in to speak on the Queen's Speech today, but my chance was delayed due to two Statements - the Grenfell Tower fire and terrorism - and Business Questions. I attended the first Statement, where.

Diary - State Opening of Parliament

The delayed State Opening of Parliament was held today rather than Monday. The Queen arrived by car rather than carriage and Prince Charles stood in for the Duke, who was in hospital. Security was tight as Far Left activists had promised a 'day of rage'.

Diary - back to the Commons

The House is not sitting today as the State Opening of Parliament was postponed until tomorrow. However, the shock and horror following the horrific Grenfell Tower fire continues.

Diary - another senseless attack

Another senseless attack on innocent people last night, this time against British Muslims near their place of worship. The attacker drove a van into a crowd of people in Finsbury Park, killing one and injuring 10 people.