In the Kazakhstan Embassy for Football

As Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kazakhstan I was invited to join Ambassador Erlan Idrissov in the Kazakh Embassy to watch the UEFA EURO qualifying game between his country and Scotland last Thursday night.

Approaching the End Game

Mrs May has been and returned from the EU Council in Brussels on 21 March.  She came back with no perceivable changes to her proposed withdrawal agreement but an agreement to extend the Article 50 implementation period to 12 April in the event of her agreement not being agreed by Parliament and a

Guide Dogs for the Blind

As a break from the BREXIT madness in Westminster, during today, Friday 22 March, I spend most of the afternoon with the campaign team from Guide Dogs for the Blind.

No Third Vote - Yet!

I am not sure why people are stunned that Speaker John Bercow ruled out the return of Mrs May's Draft Withdrawal Agreement for a third time. Even I, no parliamentary historian, knew that according to long-established procedures that should not happen.

The Choices for BREXIT

There have been a long series of debates and votes on BREXIT in the House of Commons over the last few weeks.

The Vote on 12 March

On the evening of Tuesday 12 March the House of Commons voted on whether to accept the Prime Minister's Draft Withdrawal Agreement as amended by some negotiations in Strasbourg the night before. The vote went against Mrs May with 391 Mps voting against the deal and only 242 voting for it.

Voting on 12 - 14 March 2019

Next Tuesday, 12 March, I will be asked to vote on whether to accept Mrs May’s Draft Withdrawal Agreement (hopefully amended) or not.  If her plan is rejected then on the following two days there will be a vote first on not accepting a withdrawal on World Trade Organization rules (a so-called ‘No

Letter to Daily Telegraph on 4th March 2019

Today, 4th March, the following letter about the lack of support for soldiers being investigated for their involvement in fatality shootings in Northern Ireland was published in the Daily Telegraph. With other MPs I was a signatory to the letter.

The Loan Charge

On Friday 28th March I again met a group of constituents (see photograph) who have been very adversely affected by being miss-sold an employment arrangement involving remuneration through ‘loans’.  HMRC have now deemed such arrangements to be unacceptable when previously they were perfectly alrig

Three Crucial Votes

Our Constitution implies that there is Collective Cabinet Responsibility and that means loyalty to whatever is decided in Cabinet meetings.  It’s a real sign of the times when three Cabinet ministers publicly threaten to resign if policy is not changed and they are not sacked by the Prime Ministe