Richard’s Blog

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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‘This sitting is now suspended’

These words from the Deputy Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, were the first indication that something was wrong in Parliament. They came during a division, a vote in Parliamentary terms. I had just hurried back from a meeting a few blocks from Parliament and must have missed...

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Westminster diary

On Monday I attended the All Party Group on Park Homes. I have hundreds of constituents who choose to live in Park Homes and many of them do so with a good relationship with the Park owner. Sadly, some do not. Much has been done in recent years to make law tougher on...

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Backing business

Anyone who has been in business knows all too well the risks and uncertainties that come with it. Running a business, or working for yourself, often means taking a chance and putting your family’s livelihood on the line. That is why it is vital that we as politicians...

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