Richard’s Blog

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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Make Every Adult Matter

I had an enthralling morning at West Berkshire Council’s offices last week meeting with a wide group of organisations and agencies to find an innovative approach to helping people with particular and complex needs. These are the multiple needs that often lie behind...

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NATO in Brussels

Last weekend I was in Brussels for a meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. This is a gathering of Parliamentarians from across the Alliance. I had the surreal experience of sharing the same hotel as Vice President Pence. The difference was that I didn’t have an...

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Quite a week in Westminster

On Monday we finished voting at about half past midnight. On these occasions the old lags deport themselves with a sort of macho chutzpa. “This is what it was like every night when I was new here,” they say. We were voting on the committee stage of the Bill to trigger...

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Being fair to our veterans

I am a firm believer that our Armed Forces have to have the highest standards in how they conduct themselves in conflict. Having commanded men on operations I have seen at first-hand how they do just that. Indeed I would go further, I have seen young men remain calm...

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