The mist was clearing as I headed to Swanage on my motorbike. I went to attend the Branch's AGM at the Conservative Club. They could not have been kinder about my dear Mum. It was well attended and our special Chairman, Cheryl, is generously staying on for another year.
I find it difficult to fathom why three Conservative MPs would wish to join the Labour Independent grouping in the Commons. They argue that the Conservative party has shifted away from them under Mrs May over the last year and a half. There is no evidence to support this.
What an odd day! More defections, but this time they are ours. Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen have all joined this new, so-called independent group of MPs from the Labour Party. They are all arch Remainers and set to do what they can to stop Brexit.
This week, all the legislation going through the Chamber is Brexit related and normally dealt with in Committee. But this was meant to be recess week and many MPs are not here. After routine matters first thing, I entered the Chamber just after 1130 to participate in Health Questions.
A busy morning and back to the Commons. A taxi protest in Parliament Sq didn't help matters! They are protesting against Transport for London's plans on various road improvements and cycle lanes and are venting their feelings by blockading the Square on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Another day at the office, and not a satisfactory one. The withdrawal from the EU was back in the Chamber and I'd put in to speak. After a routine morning, I entered the Chamber just after midday and took my place at the back on the right.
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