News

Sunday 10 November

Today, Remembrance Sunday, is always a special, but also a sad, time for me. It is the day on which my mind mainly recalls people I once knew whose lives were cut short by war. I am afraid there have been quite a few of them from my previous life as a soldier.

Saturday 9 November

Yesterday I campaigned in Keston in the morning finishing up at Keston Village Stores where I had coffee with Deepak Aral and John Gamet (first photo). Deepak is a Gurkha and John was in the Royal Engineers.

Friday 8 November

Again Claire and I started the day yesterday helping Councillor Mary Cooke collect money for the Royal British Legion at Shortlands Station.

Thursday 7 November

Last night my agent, Tony Power and I, attended the Candidates and Agents General Election Briefing in the Civic Centre, Bromley.

Wednesday 6 November

With Councillor Mary Cooke and my wife Claire I started the day selling poppies at Shortlands Station. I am proud to be an Honorary Member of Beckenham Rotary Club and, again this year, our very active branch is organising collecting for the Royal British Legion.

Tuesday 5 November

Tonight is the anniversary of the time when Guy Fawkes and fellow conspirators tried to blow up Parliament. It also happens to be the day that Parliament dissolves prior to the General Election. It's just a coincidence of course.

Monday 4 November

Today in Westminster Sir Lindsay Hoyle (photo) was selected as the new Speaker of the House of Commons. It took 5 hours and 4 rounds of voting to get a result. But from my point of view Lindsay Hoyle will make a very good Speaker.

Sunday 3 November

Last night I attended the 5th Beckenham South Scout Group Charity Fireworks Display in the Croydon Road Recreation Ground. The scouts have organised this event for the last 4 years but it is actually the 72nd Anniversary of it being run.

Saturday 2 November

It was not a great start to the day. England lost the Rugby World Cup Final to South Africa in Japan by 20 points. But, honestly and sadly, South Africa were the better team.

Here we go again - unfortunately!

I got it wrong.  Really I thought Parliament would agree to the Draft Withdrawal Bill  negotiated by the Government with the European Union.