Budget at a glance

This is a Budget that puts stability first, ensuring we keep our economy strong as we leave the European Union.


Diary - Budget Day

Budget Day! Philip Hammond delivered his first proper Budget since Mrs May became PM and promptly lumbered the aspirational self-employed with a tax rise. The Budget was preceded with PMQs where the PM made mincemeat of Mr Corbyn, poor man.

Diary - school funding

Up early at 0645 and out for my regular jaunt around the park. Then into the House and to Committee Room 9 for delegated legislation regarding Mayors and Barnsley! It was not disputed by the Opposition and hence we were out in about 30 minutes.

Diary - back to the House

Up early and into the office to 1100 before heading to London. Routine day while the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill went quietly through the House without a vote in the evening. In fact the day ended sooner than expected and I found myself heading home at about 2000. 

Diary - feedback from the farmers

Up early. Quick breakfast and then across to Dorchester for one of my regular meetings with Tri-Council CEO, the delightful and most able Matt Prosser. Cllr Jeff Cant, who heads the authority's management committee was also there.

W2W - time to look at the Lords

WHAT a shame that some in the House of Lords appear hell-bent on thwarting the will of the people.

One of those is Lord Heseltine who, this week, declared his intention to block Brexit, no matter what it takes.

Diary - routine matters

Early start out enjoying my run. Two meetings in the morning, a working lunch, weekly newspaper column and then back to Dorset mid afternoon. More in the office there until the evening and then home for supper.

Diary - new regulations regarding bus services

A busy day, starting in the dentist! Just before midday, dropped down to the Chamber for PMQs. Remained afterwards for the Buses Bill, which aims to shake up service provision and encourage more partnership between local authorities and private bus companies.

Diary - two Urgent Questions

Up early and into the House. Morning routine over, I entered the Chamber for two Urgent Questions. The first was on striking prison officers and the second on the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Minister Sam Gyimah dealt with the first and Secretary of State Damian Green the second.