Freedom to Practice Religion Debate on 1 March 2018

I want to make a slight change from the way other people have spoken. I want to talk about what I have seen as a witness to religious-inspired genocide, particularly between Bosnian Croats, who are Catholics, and Bosnian Muslims, sometimes called Bosniaks.

Towards 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.

Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Saxton White VC

Today I was honoured to be present at the dedication of a plaque to the memory of Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Saxton White who died when commanding His Majesty's Submarine 'E 14' in the Dardanelles on 28th January 2018. Posthumously he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Remembering the Holocausts

Yesterday I signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment at Westminster.

Meeting Michel Barnier, Chief EU BREXIT Negotiator

I spent today, Monday 22nd January, in Brussels. The main reason for being there was to meet with Michel Barnier, the European Union's Chief BREXIT Negotiator. I went with five other MPs, all from the Northern Ireland Select Committee.

The Renewed Slug and Lettuce in Beckenham

Today I visited the recently renovated ‘Slug and Lettuce’ in Beckenham High Street. It is accurately described as a small chain pub (its owners are the Stonegate Pub Company) and it now also boasts a small cocktail bar.

How some banks ruin SMEs

There is something badly wrong, indeed immoral, with the way some banks are dealing with small and medium sized businesses. On 18 January the appalling tactics of some of them were debated in the House of Commons.