Free Hospital Car Parking

I am a co-sponsor of the Bill to abolish hospital car parking charges which was led by Robert Halfon, Tory MP for Harlow. The debate on this matter took place yesterday (1st February) and, of course, I spoke in the debate.

The Palestinian/Israeli Situation

I have a great affection for Israel and Jordan having lived there as a boy with my parents (photograph shows me with my younger brother and parents in Amman during 1954).


   From 1989 – 91 as a Lieutenant Colonel I was the Military Assistant to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s (NATO’s) highest ranking officer, the Chairman of its Military Committee.  Three years later, from 1994 -96 and having commanded my Battalion in between, I was back in NATO in the rank of Colonel as Chief of Policy to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) at

Biggin Hill Airport

There is some opposition locally to the proposal to extend operating hours at Biggin Hill Airport and this matter has been, and continues to be, subject to a public consultation.

The Crisis in Yemen

   On Thursday 22nd October Bob Stewart spoke in a Westminster Hall debate (see photograph) about the crisis in Yemen.  His speech is detailed below.

The Case of Sergeant Alexander Blackman, Royal Marines

   On Wednesday 16th September I took part in a parliamentary debate about the case of Marine A (Sergeant Alexander Blackman Royal Marines) who was convicted of murder in Afghanistan and is now serving 8 years in prison.