W2W - a more discerning approach to overseas aid

THE mark of a civilized nation is the help it gives to those facing starvation, war and displacement.

Have no doubt that I believe we should contribute a portion of our wealth to overseas aid.

Diary - update on proposed healthcare provision for the county

A busy morning on constituency matters and then out to East Dorset Golf Club to meet the new police Inspector at Wareham. Sadly, there was no time for a round (of golf), but Andy Keele and I did chat for some time about policing in Purbeck and other related matters.

W2W - cost of health tourism

HEALTH tourists have come under increasing scrutiny and criticism.

These are people who come to the UK to abuse the system intentionally.

It’s estimated they cost the NHS up to £280 million a year.

Diary - Boris comes to dinner

A busy morning and then down to Weymouth for one of regular surgeries in ASDA. The store has very kindly lent me a room at the back, which is perfect and this week our table was decorated with flowers! A wide variety of cases this week, as is always the case.

Diary - getting our country back

Another extraordinary day; in fact historic day! The day ended with the majority of MPs (4 to 1) voting to send the EU Withdrawal Bill up to the Lords.

Diary - moves to increase house building

Another day of debate around the EU Withdrawal Bill. Amendments thrown at it by those who do not want to leave the EU and by those who want to remain in part of the EU. There is no doubt that much of this is aimed at placing obstacles in the Government's path.

Diary - Speaker bans Trump from addressing both Houses

What a day! The Speaker erupts and Alex Salmond screams blue murder in the Chamber. The first order of the day was Education Questions, which was followed by a Statement by the Prime Minister about her latest meeting with the European Council.

Diary - Association AGM

Time for our Association's annual AGM. We held in the hall in Wool and it was well attended. We all enjoyed bacon butties and coffee for the first 30 minutes before we settled down for the meeting itself.

Diary - fossils reveal a fascinating past

An early start to a busy day. At 1100 I headed down to Kimmeridge in pouring rain to visit the newly opened Etches Museum. After being totally impressed by the tasteful finish, I entered to be met the museum's chairman Richard Bond and the man himself Steve Etches. What a man.

W2W - a call for nurses


I’m specifically referring to the national shortage of nurses, nowhere felt more keenly than in Dorset.

High house prices, particularly in Purbeck, which, like Portland is relatively isolated, are not exactly enticing.