Re-elected as MP for Beckenham

Thank you to everyone who has supported me in the General Election.

I am delighted to have been re-elected as Member of Parliament for Beckenham on 12 December.  Being a Member of Parliament is the biggest privilege of my life and I remain acutely aware of that fact. 

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.


Yesterday I voted against Sir Oliver Letwin's amendment to withhold parliamentary approval on a deal with the European Union until legislation needed to implement it is approved in the House of Commons.

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.