Speech - responding to the Budget

It is a pleasure to take part in this debate and to listen to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Jack Dromey). I do not agree with 99.9% of what he said but there was an element there with which I may have agreed.

Diary - a Royal engagement

Today, Prince Harry announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, the American actress. I have written a separate blog on this great news and I wish them both well. Up early and a busy day in the office. With the House on a one-line whip, I concentrated on tackling the constituency in-tray.

Blog - Prince Harry to marry

From the moment the bookies stopped taking bets last week, the writing was on the wall. So congratulations to Prince Harry, who has announced his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle this morning.

Diary - minister meets Dorset farmers

After a busy morning, I headed to Kingston Maurward College to meet DEFRA minister George Eustice. I had asked him to come down and address farmers about their concerns, not least about Brexit and other issues, such as TB.

W2W - cleaning up our oceans

HAUNTING footage of a pilot whale carrying her dead calf has sparked a long-overdue debate about the danger of discarded plastic in our oceans.

Revered for his wealth of knowledge, Sir David Attenborough suggested the calf may have died after drinking its mother’s polluted milk.

Diary - Budget Day

Philip Hammond's big day. I feel sorry for the fella, as the media has hyped his Budget speech to a ridiculous degree. After a routine morning, I entered the Chamber about 1125 and took my place. PMQs was nothing special and the PM held her ground well.

Diary - debate on EU Withdrawal Bill continues

An early morning run and into the Commons. Foreign Office Questions was followed by another eight hours of debate on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. Today MPs were looking at what rights should be incorporated into UK law, if any.

Diary - taking back control of our fishing waters

A busy morning in the office and one or two calls regarding the missing teenager Gaia Pope. The poor family are struggling to come to terms with their loss after Gaia's body was found near Dancing Ledge at about 1500 on Saturday. A terrible tragedy. Then up to London to the Commons.

Diary - Gaia's body is found

Spent the morning in the office waiting for a call from Richard Sutherland, Gaia's Father. He called and we agreed to meet at Durlston Country Park car park at midday. I arrived to find hundreds of volunteers being briefed by the police and Richard.