News en Statement on the Meaningful Vote <p>Today, the House of Commons is voting to decide whether or not to approve the agreement the Government has reached with the European Union in relation to the terms of our withdrawal from it. The Agreement also includes a “Political Declaration” on the future relationship between the UK and the EU which it is hoped will subsequently be negotiated, during the “Transition” period of 20 months which will follow our departure.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:14:32 +0000 5642 at Parliament's Brexit Role <p>Rebellion isn’t something which comes easily to me, but the situation where this country could leave the EU without there being an opportunity for Parliament to vote on the agreement – or, indeed, to go ahead without any deal – was something which would arguably have risked erasing 300 years of parliamentary democracy, if this was unchallenged.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:51:16 +0000 5539 at Heathrow: Expansion must deliver a better future for local residents <p>Having concluded a previous article by saying that the Heathrow Airport proposal would be the theme for a follow-up, I was pleased to be called by Mr Speaker to take part in the debate in the Commons on 27 June.  With a major infrastructure proposal of this magnitude, there needs to be a balance between the economic benefits which can be achieved, for the good of the national economy, against the detriments.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:18:06 +0000 5540 at Celebrating our NHS <p>In July, our National Health Service will be 70 years old and there will be many people who are celebrating its anniversary. Like the Education Act of 1944, the National Health Service Act of 1946 was something which was going to affect every individual. Setting up a structure which was going to provide health care in every corner of the United Kingdom was a huge achievement, especially in the circumstances of a country recovering from six years of war, and so it came into being on 5th July 1948.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:02:40 +0000 5541 at 20th Annual Burrell Lecture: Revolution without end? A politician's view of Brexit <p><strong>Introduction</strong></p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:55:35 +0000 5546 at A good school place for every child <p>Summer term and exams go together, so best wishes to all the senior school pupils involved in A levels and GCSE exams  – and to their support teams at home and at school who have helped them with their studies and revision.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:41:49 +0000 5543 at Running and walking around the constituency <p>It is always great news to hear about popular local events and one of these is the annual Gerrards Cross Fun Run, which is taking place this year on Sunday 20 May. A mark of its success is that all the places for the main race have been booked up in advance, but at the time of writing registration for the children’s sprints is still open. For spectators and supporters, there is plenty to see and do, with a wide range of entertainment as well as refreshments.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:37:36 +0000 5542 at Supporting our veterans <p>A new Veterans Unit is being set up, in support of which the Ministry of Defence will work with other government departments to make sure that the needs of the ex-service community are met.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>Those who have served the Crown and their country have often made sacrifices to do so, as have members of their families. When they go back into civilian life, some may not make the adjustment easily. Through the Armed Forces Covenant, they should be able to get help if they need it.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:44:37 +0000 5544 at Tackling the scourge of plastic waste <p>When the Commonwealth heads of government met in London recently, one of the themes running through all the meetings was the efforts which must be made to deal with what the Department for Environment, Food &amp; Rural Affairs described as “the global scourge of plastic”.  Whilst many of the smaller nations may not produce great volumes of waste themselves, many of the maritime countries are affected by the way that single use plastics end up in the seas. </p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:48:20 +0000 5545 at Syria: The Government's limited and targeted action was necessary to alleviate suffering <p>This is a rather different article from the one I first set out to write this week. The House of Commons has reassembled after the use of military force by the UK, France and the USA, following the chemical attack on people in Douma, in Syria. Two emergency debates have taken place and the PM has answered several hours of questions on it.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:28:16 +0000 5554 at