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View from Westminster 24th June 2016

The polls have closed, the results are in and we are set for Brexit. This is not a result I wanted, but I am proud to be part of the greatest democracy on Earth and so I look forward to representing, and acting on, the will of the people.

View from Westminster 20th June 2016

My favourite film is Apollo 13, the story of the doomed 1970 moon mission. In a key scene, Jim Lovell, the commander, radios mission control. “The earth’s getting pretty big in the window, fellers,” he calls. “We’re gonna need a plan for re-entry.” On the ground, mission commander Gene Krantz shrugs his shoulders and the message is returned “We’re just working on that now.”

View from Westminster 10th June 2016

Immigration is about the hottest topic that comes up on the doorstep. Whilst having an overall beneficial effect on our economy, it is not beneficial for everyone in our economy. Immigration might push down wages for unskilled workers, but even that is subjective given that we have such low unemployment in this country. But it worries many, many people.

View from Westminster 3rd June 2016

Interest in the referendum is intensifying. Last week I debated the pros and cons of our EU membership with regional UKIP MEP Jim Carver, attracting around 400 people – an impressive turnout. It was our intention that as many undecided people as possible would be in attendance, but in the end the audience was overwhelmingly decided, largely in the “out” camp. They were certainly eager to put across their opinions. Irrespective, however, of pre-formed views, it really was incredible to see so many at a political debate.