Richard’s Blog

Post-Election thoughts

I am so grateful to those who put their trust in me last Thursday. I was delighted to increase my share of the vote and to achieve one of the highest popular votes in the country. I am so lucky with the great team who supported me for their hard work and good humour....

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Making sense of social care

I got a call this week from Avril who wanted to thank me for the pledge on social care in the Conservative manifesto. She said she wished people would stop complaining because her elderly mother had had to sell her home to pay for her care under the current system and...

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Why Jeremy Corbyn is wrong on terrorism

Commentators have tried to be fair to Jeremy Corbyn after his speech on terrorism on Friday. Some concede his views on what have come to be called ‘Blair’s wars’ are held with passion and are heartfelt. He lays the blame for much of the security...

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Manchester

I write this just a few hours into the aftermath of the horrific bombing in Manchester. The British character is to be generous and tolerant. This was apparent in Manchester as local people rushed to help survivors and opened their homes to provide shelter to shocked...

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My message to first time voters

On June 8th you will get your first ever say in the running of our country, and the purpose of this message is to set out reasons I hope I can get your first vote. I still remember casting my first vote. Since then I have been a soldier and then managed a business...

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Vision for Newbury

As Conservative candidate for Newbury, I sat in on West Berkshire Council’s Newbury Vision conference at the Corn Exchange last week. It was a lively morning of presentations and debate and once again demonstrated how strongly people feel about the future of the town...

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Snap election

Well I didn’t see that coming. But I applaud the Prime Minister for calling an election. I understand her desire to have her own mandate for the coming years. In addition, there is a convention in Parliament that prevents the unelected House of Lords from voting down...

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Twits

I like Twitter. It is a useful way or keeping in touch with local and national issues. I have around 12,400 followers. It is hard to imagine any other platform that would allow me the chance to communicate with a crowd of that size. There is a big “but”...

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Why NATO matters

After the momentous events in Parliament following the invocation of Article 50 last week, it was interesting being in Berlin at the weekend. I lead the UK delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. This is a gathering of parliamentarians from across the alliance...

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