Richard’s Blog

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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We can end rough sleeping

On an average night across the country there are between 3500 and 5000 rough sleepers. In West Berkshire the average is around 14. The reasons why people are on the streets are varied and complex but in the fifth largest economy in the world we should be able to...

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Making the best of Brexit

The question for MPs like me who campaigned hard for Britain to remain in the EU is a simple one. Do I seek to undermine the decision taken in the referendum by being a sort of Parliamentary insurgent opposing Brexit at every stage, or do I engage with the process to...

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Brighter Blue Monday

The third Monday in January has become notorious for being Blue Monday, supposedly the glummest day of the year. I don’t know if you sprang out of bed on 16th January or whether it was really tough to get going, but this year for me Blue Monday had a real and...

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Good and outstanding

I know from my experience as a parent that schools are building up to a Christmas crescendo with excited children and increasingly exhausted teachers. So with the end of term approaching it is a good time to take a moment to applaud the extraordinary combined efforts...

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Travelling times

‘Streamlining’ does not necessarily always mean good news especially when it relates to large infrastructure projects but on the back of such an announcement from the Department for Transport, the latest update from Network Rail is on balance good news for West...

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In the midst of a Global Spring

We are all familiar with the concept of the Arab Spring. The time when hope ignited peoples across the Middle East to overthrow established autocracies and political elites. I am now of the opinion that we are seeing something much more widespread. A Global Spring if...

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