Diary - better protection for NHS workers

Back to London following a busy morning. Much going on with various meetings and commitments. At 1630 I entered Westminster Hall to take part on a debate sparked by a petition calling for more to be done to protect those who work in the NHS from assault.

PR - delight at Weymouth beach accolade

Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset, said today that he is “delighted’ that Weymouth Beach has been ranked the UK’s best by online travel site, TripAdvisor.

W2W - Fake news

IF ‘post-truth’ was the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year for 2016, ‘fake news’ must be a qualifier for 2017.
While post-truth means real facts have less impact on shaping public opinion than emotion, fake news omits the facts completely.

Diary - better police funding

Police funding was the centre of my attention today. But before I got to my feet to deliver my speech, I dealt with routine matters in the morning until I dropped down to the Chamber for the weekly punch-up between the PM and Mr Corbyn.

Speech - police grant

Before I start—and I shall not speak for long—it would be negligent of me not to thank the chief constable of Dorset, Debbie Simpson, and our police and crime commissioner, Martyn Underhill, the 1,200 brave officers who serve us and the 1,000-odd staff who support them so admirably across Dorset.

Diary - routine day

A busy day dealing with constituency matters and preparing for a speech on police funding tomorrow. 

Diary - school funding formula

Back to the House early afternoon after a busy Monday morning. First up was a presentation by Margaret Judd, from Dorset County Council, who leads for the F40 group, which has been campaigning for over 20 years for fairer funding for schools.