After Saturday's downpour, I think we were all hoping for a reprieve on Remembrance Sunday. Someone was listening, because that's what we got. A cold, but clear day, and one I enjoyed with residents from both Portland and Swanage.
A cold, clear day at last. Rain up north is causing chaos, but down here it's at last stopped. Chat with the team then out and about. A small river had overflowed in Wyke, so I stopped by and chatted to residents affected.
Back up to London for the last time before the general election (GE) to vote in the next Speaker. I went via Conservative Party HQs to grab a photo with the PM and then to the Commons. The voting for the next speaker began at 1430 with Ken Clark in the chair.
For the fourth time in nine years, I face another general election (GE). There's something invigorating about a GE; this is our democracy in action and, despite the timing, I am confident that most people understand why one has been called.
As you are aware, on 27 July the Prime Minister announced a £3.6 billion Towns Fund, which continues the Government’s work in levelling up our regions. This was followed on 6 September with my invitation to 100 places to develop proposals for Town Deals.
A busy day. Nigel Farage announces at 1100 that he intends to put candidates in all Seats unless we ditch the Deal. He claimed that we would not leave the EU under it. That is simply not true and we can and will leave the EU by Dec 2020 if a deal has not been struck.
PMQs was always going to be a rumbustious performance and so it proved. The last one before an election, both the PM and Corbyn were in campaign mode. No surprises there. A few MPs took the opportunity to thank the Speaker for his time in the Chair. He goes tomorrow.
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