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Speaking for England



Last Build Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:08:10 +0000

 



Leaving the EU and transition

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:08:10 +0000

I am pleased to see the government does intend to put the departure date into the Withdrawal Bill. It needs to be there to ensure continuity of law on the day we leave, which will be 29 March 2019 according to the Treaty procedure. I accept the addition of the proviso that were the UK […]



What forces do we need to pursue our foreign policy?

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:08:43 +0000

Home defence requires the UK to have sufficient mastery of the Channel and neighbouring seas, and of our airspace, to make invasion impossible or unacceptably costly to any potential enemy. We would normally expect NATO support, but having our own forces in place for any sudden initial attack remains vital. The UK successfully prevented invasion […]



Parliamentary votes on the EU Withdrawal Bill

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:01:46 +0000

The government has won all but one of the votes on the Bill. The most important vote, the one to approve Clause 1 which repeals the 1972 European Communities Act, passed by 318 to 68, as Labour accepted they needed to allow the repeal to permit Brexit. On Wednesday Amendment 7 passed against the government’s […]



Multiple long postings with attachments

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:57:38 +0000

I have just had to delete a number of these as I do not have time to check them all out.



School Funding

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:34:06 +0000

I recently met with a number of constituents to discuss school funding. Following the meeting, I took the points raised up on behalf of those attending. I have now received the enclosed reply from the School’s Minister:     



What kind of defence policy do we want?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:07:51 +0000

Under Labour and the Coalition the UK made frequent use of its defence capabilities in the Middle East, alongside Presidents Bush and Obama. In the last couple of years the UK has been rightly more cautious about using military force in tense and difficult civil wars, as has the USA. There has been a general […]



What is money?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:05:14 +0000

There is active discussion of what is money with the advent of crypto currencies. There are also those who see gold and silver as money, given the ability to convert these metals into coins and to trade them. Money has three main characteristics. It is a means of exchange. It is a unit of account. […]



Better animal welfare

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:52:06 +0000

THE GOVERNMENT HAS PUBLISHED A DRAFT BILL TO STRENGTHEN ANIMAL WELFARE The Government has published a draft bill which would increase the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty tenfold, from six months to five years, in England and Wales. The draft bill also sets out that the government “must have regard to the welfare needs […]



What might a UK/EU Agreement look like?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:02:32 +0000

Early next year we should begin talks about trade and the future relationship with the EU. Until we do so the language developed over money and the Irish border is parked. Both sides confirmed “Nothing is agreed until all is agreed”. There may be continuing misunderstandings on the EU side about what the UK has […]



Visit to CEMAS

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:47:03 +0000

On Friday I accepted the invitation of CEMAS to visit their company and the meet their staff. Cemas is a privately owned business based in south Wokingham. It employs 72 people and specialises in preparing test data for the agro chemical and pharmaceutical industries. It can monitor trace substances in air, water and animal tissue, […]