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Diary - another atrocity, more innocent victims

Another atrocity and nine more innocent victims. They were murdered by a gunman in the German town of Hanau last night. The attack is being treated as a terrorist incident. A number of the victims are reported to be of Kurdish descent. My deepest sympathy extends to family and friends.

Diary - new immigration policy announced

The main news today was the Government's immigration policy. A points-based system will be introduced in January next year. Top priority will be given to those with the highest skills, including scientists, engineers and academics.

Diary - no let up in the weather

With four friends from abroad staying, my day was spent juggling them and constituency matters. News on the floods continues to dominate the headlines, and understandably so. The emergency services are working round the clock and doing a wonderful job.

Letter - business support by the Secretary of State for BEIS

Dear Colleague

I am writing to inform you about an initiative BEIS has launched to make it easier for businesses to access the full range of Government support available. We are running a Business Support Campaign to help raise awareness of this whole of government initiative.

PR - SWR compensation package for December strikes

During the December 2019 strikes we did our utmost to keep passengers moving and carried over 80% of the number of passengers we normally would have done at this time of year. 

Diary - Storm Dennis brings misery to many

The news today was dominated by the damage caused by Storm Dennis. With 300 flood warnings in place across the UK, including five severe warnings in England, this level of rainfall seems unprecedented. Crickhowell in Powys Wales is a place I know well and the pictures there are extraordinary.

Diary - saying farewell to a friend

To all those loved-up couples out there, a happy Valentine's Day. With Storm Dennis heading our way, it looks like a weekend indoors. The Cabinet reshuffle makes all the front pages, with my colleague Sajid Javid out in the cold having resigned yesterday. Politics!

W2W - when China sneezes

AT the time of writing, the new coronavirus sweeping China has broken out in 25 countries across the world, infecting more than 43,000 people.

Diary - Cabinet reshuffle surprises

On a wet and blustery morning, I headed to Portland to visit Sunseeker, the luxury boatbuilder. A major employer in my constituency - c 250 staff - I had not been there for a while and requested this visit for an update. It was a most interesting morning.