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Diary - doing business with the MOD

With shops now open, and with today's news that pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers can open from 4 July in England, I headed to Weymouth in the morning to meet some retailers and get a feel about how they were faring.

Statement - Covid 19 update by the Prime Minister

Before I begin, I am sure the whole House will join me in sending our deepest condolences to the families and friends of James Furlong, Joe Ritchie-Bennett and David Wails, who were brutally killed in Reading on Saturday.

Diary - speaking up for farmers, business and tourism/hospitality

The repercussions from the dreadful knife attack in a park in Reading continue to reverberate across the news outlets. A 25 year old man from Syria is in police custody. Three conference calls dominated my day. The first was with trade minister Graham Stuart and farm minister Victoria Prentis.

Diary - three die in knife attack

The horrific stabbing incident in Reading over the weekend has shocked many. Khairi Saadallah, 25, is accused of killing three people during a knife attack. He'd been released early from prison this month for minor, non-terrorist offences.

Diary - saying farewell to a friend

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said that all pupils in all year groups in England will go back to school full-time in September. About time. Guidance on safety measures will be published in the next fortnight.

W2W - we must not be silenced

LAST Thursday, the nation woke up to the news that a council was considering removing the statue of Lord Baden Powell for safekeeping.

The founder of the Scouts was, apparently, a Nazi sympathiser.

Diary - Dame Vera Lynn dies aged 103

I felt great sadness when I heard the nation had lost a remarkable woman whose songs brought comfort to a nation battling for its very survival. Known as the Forces' Sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn, who was 103, was best known for her wartime anthem We'll Meet Again.

Q&A - questions answered by the Chancellor

Is it really safe to go to the shops again? – Caroline from Warwick

I understand the anxiety about returning to shops. However, over the last few days I’ve been visiting stores of all kinds, checking that they are safe to reopen.

Diary - inflation falls to its lowest level in four years

Despite all the doom and gloom, the economic news today was encouraging. Inflation in the UK fell to its lowest level in four years last month, after a record drop in fuel prices and with the cost of clothing and energy continuing to tumble.