Category: Weekly Blog

Parliament Week, the general election and the power of social media

This week is Parliament Week, which marks a series of events being run across the country in partnership with schools and community organisations. Now in its ninth year, Parliament Week was created to try and build more awareness about how the institution works. This week the House of Commons has given a demonstration of this […]

To hold a General Election

Since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in July he has transformed the Brexit negotiations and delivered two things which many people said would be impossible. Firstly, to get the European Union to agree to re-open the withdrawal agreement to further negotiation, and then through that process to secure a new deal without the backstop provisions, […]

Boris' Brexit Deal

This week the House of Commons will be asked to approve the Brexit deal negotiated by Boris Johnson at the European Council meeting in Brussels. It will certainly have my full support and the Prime Minister deserves credit for getting the other European leaders to review and change the withdrawal agreement, something many commentators believed […]

A Brexit agreement in sight?

The meeting of the European Council in Brussels this week will be central to the Government’s plan to deliver Brexit by 31st October. At the time of writing this column it appears that genuine progress is being made to agree a new deal with the European Union which would be acceptable to us and therefore […]

The Queen's Speech

The Queen will deliver her speech in the House of Lords on Monday next week, to mark the start of a new parliamentary session. This gives the Government an opportunity to set out its priorities for legislation in the year ahead. This ‘Queen’s Speech’ is long overdue, with the last one being delivered over two […]

Landscapes for life

Last Friday I was delighted to be invited to officially ‘open’ a new bench and rest stop on the North Downs Way near to the top of Tolsford Hill. This project has been led by the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and I was joined for the occasion by its Chairman Chris […]

Delivering for Folkestone and Hythe

Last Friday I was pleased to be invited to Martello Primary school in Folkestone to meet the students and discuss what they had learned during their democracy week. As part of this the pupils had also conducted their own elections for the positions of Head Girl and Head Boy for the coming year. I was […]

Remembrance : paying tribute to the Battle of Britain

Last Sunday I attended once again the annual Battle of Britain service at St Stephen’s Church in Lympne. This year marks the 79th anniversary of that epic struggle between the RAF and the German air force above the skies of Kent, when the fate of western Europe hung by a thread. Defeat would have given […]

Let's end the Brexit doom loop

In the early hours of Tuesday 10th September, the House of Commons prorogued, ending the longest parliamentary session for over three hundred years. Instead of the normal twelve-month session this last one has run continuously since June 2017. When Parliament returns on 14th October, The Queen will deliver her first speech to Parliament in over […]

We must leave the EU on 31 October

This week is traditionally seen as the start of the new parliamentary year, as the House of Commons returns from its summer recess. However, the first items of business focus our attention on the problems that were not solved in the previous session, rather than on new challenges. In particular the overwhelming need for us […]

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