Richard’s Blog

Westminster Diary

Last week started with a decontamination session on Greenham Common. Not before time some of you may say, but it was part of the experience of the Greenham Trust’s 20th anniversary celebration. The theatrical finale took us through the life of a fictional resident,...

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Upping the Brexit tempo

This week in Parliament we get stuck in to the detail of Brexit. The EU (Withdrawal) Bill is a 66-page piece of legislation which does all the technical stuff needed to transpose laws and regulations that currently reside with the EU into UK law. About a year ago I...

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Hungerford 30 years after the tragedy

Sitting in a fold in the Berkshire Downs, with the stunning River Kennet running through it, Hungerford seems the perfect small market town. In many ways it is. It manages to be a town but feel like a village. There is a sense of civic pride which is matched by a...

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Freedom to speak

Seven priests went into a bar… This may sound like the start of a (bad) joke until you read on and discover that they did not actually get to go in because the doorman of the City Arms in Cardiff thought they were on a stag do. All was amicably resolved in the end...

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Keep elections clean

This week saw a debate in Parliament on abuse and intimidation in elections. Some of the stories of racial abuse, violence and organised aggression were appalling. I have had my share of abuse, even death threats, but nothing on the scale of some of my colleagues....

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Public sector pay

Who wouldn’t want a nurse or a firefighter to be paid more? No one imposes a pay cap on public sector workers out of some malign intent. I have been a firm supporter of all the efforts that the Government has made over seven years to get our economy back on track....

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Disrupted

“Disruptive” is the new word of our age. It’s used to describe new technologies that rewrite how we make things, heal people, communicate, produce food and save our planet. In politics the new disruptors are…the electorate. A year ago they decided that the cosy...

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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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