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The Big Catch

I was a bit surprised when lunching in The Big Catch on Beckenham High Street earlier today (11 October). My surprise came from the fact that one of the people I talked to was adamant that we needed to increase Defence spending.

Embracing the World UK in Bromley

Today, Sunday 6 October, I opened the new AM Centre UK which is to be the British branch of the UN recognised charity, Embracing the World.

Backstop - The Final Frontier

At last we have some movement on a deal with the European Union. Boris Johnson's recently revealed plan suggests a way around the so-called Backstop which effectively would keep Northern Ireland in the European Union and thus separated it from the rest of the UK.

A Walk in the Park

Returning last night after a hectic few days in Belfast and Londonderry with the Select Committee for Northern Ireland, it was good to spend some down time in Kelsey and Eden Park today. The weather was hardly warm though. I ended up in Kelsey Park itself.

A Morning in West Wickham

I have just returned from spending a rather enjoyable Saturday morning walking around West Wickham.

The Climate Change Summit in New York

I am in no doubt that mankind is directly affecting the atmosphere of the World and thus the climate. I have thought this since I was a boy and asked my geography teacher what effect aircraft would have on the upper atmosphere. I was told there would be none as jet fuel was 'clean'.

The Bromley Crime Summit 2019

This morning (Saturday 14 September) I attended the Bromley Crime Summit held in the Civic Centre. It was hosted by the award winning Bromley Youth Council (BYC) and chaired by Ms Sharon Baldwin.

Prorogation Of Parliament And What It Means

The decision to withdraw from the European Union (EU) was given to the people in the 2016 Referendum and the people said we should separate from Brussels. Some have argued that we did not vote for a 'No Deal' situation but in truth we didn't vote for a 'Deal' situation either.

The Loan Charge (Again)

I remain am increasingly worried by the number of constituents who lives have been ruined by the fact that they have to pay large sums of back-tax to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC).   They have to do this because they were lured or ordered into schemes that advised them to minimise the

Leaving the European Union

There is some fevered speculation about the possibility of a General Election very soon. I don’t know whether that will happen, but I do know that it will really be difficult to have one before 31st October which is, of course, the date in law on which we will be leaving the European Union.