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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy Christmas everyone that reads this post. In the spirit of Christmas may I relate a very generous act carried out by members of the Metropolitan Police and a local West Wickham based company called Onodi Car Sales?