Letter to the Chancellor - further education funding

Dear Chancellor,

Following the Government’s announcement of the 2019 Spending Review, we write to you on behalf of 164 colleagues across the House for your support in increasing Further Education (FE) funding in the next Spending Review this spring.

Diary - Brexit continues to dominate the agenda

A cold morning run and into the House. Routine morning and then into the Chamber for PMQs. Nothing especially scintillating today. At 1345 it was time for the weekly meeting of the European Scrutiny Committee, which was held in private. There's a lot going on behind the scenes, as you'd imagine.

Diary - the dangers of an anti-acne drug

An early start and out into the cold for some exercise. Into the House and routine matters through the morning. At about 1230 I entered the Chamber to listen to another Statement by the PM. It was very short on detail and really repeated what we'd already heard.

Diary - back to the Commons

Back up to the Commons for another week. It was a quiet day but it gave me time to catch up with a lot of constituency correspondence and other matters. The Whip was shortened from 9pm to 6pm, but one statememt and three urgent questions kept matters running to about 1900. 

Diary - catch up with an island friend

Off to Portland first thing in blustery and rainy conditions. My first port of call was to meet Les and Jean Ames, two of the loveliest people you could care to meet. Les is now 99 and has served the island with dignity, courage and devotion for decades.

W2W - what's happening to the young?

WHAT on earth is going on with our young?

Some 200 youngsters are committing suicide each year and we face an epidemic of self-harm.

All this is in Children’s Mental Health week.

The debate on what the problem is, and how to prevent it, is now widespread.

ESC Committee - Former Brexit Minister Suella Braverman gives evidence

Chair: Good afternoon, Mrs Braverman. We have just had Dominic Raab here. I would like to ask you, first of all, about your resignation letter, in which you referred to the backstop as “a betrayal” and said that the concessions made in the negotiations “do not respect the will of the people”.