I campaigned to remain in the EU but I am a democrat and recognise the decision taken by the country in a referendum approved by an Act of Parliament. I accepted that it was the Government’s right to decide when to trigger Article 50 and this was duly done in March 2017. However, Parliament will have a say on the terms of withdrawal and this is where my mandate from the vote in West Berkshire will come in. I am determined to get the best possible outcome for the individuals and businesses that I represent. The country voted to leave the European Union; it didn’t vote on how we should leave.
Richard’s response to calls for a second...read more
The letter sent last week from the former Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, Sir Richard Dearlove, and the former Chief of the Defence Staff, Lord Guthrie, to Conservative Association Chairs is wrong on many counts. Sir Richard and Lord Guthrie were formidable...read more
Letter from the UK’s Farming Unions: the prospect of a No Deal Brexit and its impact on British agriculture
The prospect of a No Deal Brexit and its impact on British...read more
It is a fast moving picture as we near the vote on the Government’s withdrawal agreement and it is a good time to let you know where I stand. I supported the decision to hold a referendum on whether or not Britain should be a member of the EU. Following that...read more
I regret the decision of some of my colleagues to trigger a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister at such a crucial moment for the country. In a few days Parliament will vote on the Prime Minister’s deal. At that point we will know whether any significant...read more
The Prime Minister is off to Brussels to see if she can secure some changes to the so-called backstop in the hope that more people will feel able vote for her deal. As things stand it has no chance of passing in the House of Commons and therefore it is right to go the...read more