Richard’s Blog

Greenfest

Hampstead Norreys is one of those communities that works. Community spirit seems to pervade the village with its thriving pub, church, its OFSTED rated “outstanding” school and of course its community owned village shop that recently was awarded the “best rural shop...

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Action on alcohol

Gary Puffet is a Labour Party activist and former Chair of Newbury Constituency Labour Party. What, you may ask, was I doing sitting on a bench with him in Lambourn? Gary’s brother Shaun was a Lambourn resident who died of alcohol related illness in 2017. Gary is...

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The next PM

As the Conservative leadership contest draws to its close, we will shortly know who is to be the next Prime Minister. The current betting seems to suggest a clear front runner in Boris Johnson. I know Boris. He is a friend of mine. For many years he was my...

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West looks away as Syria’s Idlib heads for disaster

The gods of war have created the most complex and seemingly intractable situation in Idlib province, one of the last areas of Syria not under President Bashar Assad’s control. After eight years of conflict the remaining al-Qaeda fighters have been squeezed into an...

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D-Day 75

As I write this, the road outside my office is jammed with protestors carrying placards saying things like #dumpTrump, while the President of our most important ally continues his controversial state visit. Whatever you think about its current President, 75 years ago...

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Valuing our values

As the Conservative party leadership contest gets underway it’s important to remember some clear facts about our current political situation and why this leadership election really matters. For the first time in any of our lives, the main opposition party is led by a...

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Local elections

Last week’s local elections were hard for West Berkshire Conservatives. We lost many good Councillors and whilst maintaining control of West Berkshire Council we lost control of Newbury and Thatcham Town Councils. I congratulate all candidates who stood in these...

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Brexit perspective

Over the past few weeks I have received correspondence from people expressing many different points of views. I have been asked to vote to leave with no deal and vote not to leave with no deal. I’ve been asked to vote for the existing Withdrawal Agreement and to vote...

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Last week in Parliament we got the chance to debate the most crucial issue – and I choose my words carefully – facing us today: the issue of climate change. This issue puts Brexit in perspective. Tackling climate change is about our ability to survive and thrive on...

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My reaction to the new independent grouping of MPs

To pretend that the new grouping of MPs is all down to Brexit in the Conservative Party, or anti-Semitism and the actions of Momentum activists in the Labour Party, is to miss the point. Those issues might be the catalyst that saw this happen but it is about deeper...

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