It was a one-line Whip, but MPs were debating the all-important EU Withdrawal Bill and I wanted to both listen and contribute. Sitting on the Green Benches and listening to other colleagues in the House is extremely educational.
A busy day back in the office. A morning run and then to my desk to run through the familiar routine of papers, correspondence and emails. At midday I headed to No 10 for a sandwich lunch with a number of MPs.
A sad day. The lovely Toni Ives has died recently, and very quickly - within 24 hours. Thankfully, she was able to say goodbye to all her family. Today her husband John held a Thanksgiving Service for his wife of more than 60 years.
I had a most interesting catch-up meeting with Gordon Page, the chairman of our Dorset LEP. He's based at Bournemouth University, which goes from strength to strength. We had a long session, which covered many local issues, from new roads to improved rail links.
While the Mediterranean refugee crisis may have vanished from the front pages, the tide of human misery continues to wash up on Europe’s shores. Italy is now the main point of arrival, with all those rescued off the coast of Libya brought to Italy, often by private charities.
A busy morning, working lunch and then across to Dorchester for one of my regular meetings with the able CEO of the Tri-Council, Matt Prosser. Armed with a cuppa, we discussed many local issues for an hour.
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