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W2W - farewell to diesel and petrol cars

HERE we go again.

No more new petrol or diesel cars to be sold in the UK after 2040.

It’s a big, bold statement and I trust not a kneejerk reaction to a High Court ruling forcing ministers to combat air pollution.

Diary - a special couple

Having helped with a very sad case involving the loss of a son, the parents had kindly asked to see me in order to thank me and my team for all that we had done. I have met them on several occasions and they are the most charming couple and my heart bleeds for them.

Diary - a couple back in their home

A stint in the office first thing and then on to my motorcycle and across to see Roy and Noma Hooper at their cosy cottage near Wareham. Tragedy struck this lovely couple when their thatched roof caught fire, burning their house to the ground.

Diary - a sombre day

Today was a sombre day as my Father was cremated in a short and poignant service at Poole Crematorium. It was a private affair, with just family present. Afterwards they all came home and we enjoyed a lunch together. It's hard to believe a parent has gone. You always think they live forever.

Diary - off to prison

On to the motorbike at 1000 after a stint in the office and down to Portland in murky and windy conditions. I drove straight to Portland YOI to meet the newish Governor Steve Hodson. I had met him before at the prison and have always been impressed by his quiet and efficient demeanour.

W2W - country first

AS Brexit negotiations get under way, politicians of all colours must surely appreciate that it’s country first and party politics second.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister asked her Backbenchers for unity and discipline.

Adjournment Debate - The Future of the NHS

Before I start my speech, may I thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, the Speaker and all the office staff, the police and everyone else who takes care of us here? I wish them all a very happy summer recess, when they all go off on their holidays. We are extremely grateful for all that is done.

Diary - debating the NHS

Following a morning run, I spent most of the morning working on my speech for the Adjournment Debate that I'd called.

Diary - last PMQs of this session

The last PMQs of this Parliamentary session, and I had a question. An early morning run before that, into the office and steady progress through a mass of routine matters. I met my cousin, who I have not seen for many years, and took him up to the Gallery to watch PMQs.

Diary - end of term feel

An early morning run and then a catch-up at the offices of the Daily Mail, which was so helpful during the Al Blackman case, or Marine A, as you may remember him as.