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Supporting Commonwealth Forces Veterans

I am delighted to be a co-signatory of the letter to the Home Secretary and support the campaign for the Government to abolish visa fees for Commonwealth servicemen and women for indefinite leave to remain in this country for which they have served.

Everyone Should Take Action for Climate Change

Flying back into Heathrow last week (I had been in the US doing trade promotion) I was confronted with the possible dual delight of being diverted to another airport, and of meeting climate change campaigner and actress Emma Thompson in the passport queue.

My Article in the Daily Telegraph on Customs Union

Whilst out campaigning for the Remain team during the EU referendum, I was asked a question that has stayed with me to this day. “What”, the audience member of the debate in Kidderminster asked, “do you think is your opponent’s best idea?”

Brexit Discussions Continue

The chaos doesn’t get any better. With the prospect of the UK facing a hard Brexit on Friday evening, we are no closer to any resolution of the political crisis.

No Reduction of Service at Kidderminster Hospital

A spokesperson for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We have no plans to reduce the opening hours of the Minor Injuries Unit at Kidderminster, which is currently open 24 hours a day, seven days a week,  nor do we have any plans to reduce the amount of surgery at Kidderminster.

2nd Indicative Votes - 1st April 2019

Last night saw the 2nd session of indicative votes - and I set out below the four motions selected by the Speaker and my decisions on how I voted.

Motion C - Customs Union

Voted - Abstain

Result: Ayes 273; Noes 276

Indicative Votes - 27th March 2019

The votes last night, seeking some sort of direction of travel, failed to achieve any clarity. But for the purposes of transparency, it might be helpful for people to see how I voted, and why.

Government loses control on Business in the House

Avid followers of Brexit will aware that things aren’t going well. What is remarkable is that each week brings a new and completely unexpected catastrophe. Last Monday week we were looking forward to a relatively benign week.