School Building Funding

At last we may have some good news on funding to rebuild the many local school buildings that are in a desperate state. The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, made this announcement a couple of hours ago (relevant extract is below) saying up to £2 billion of funding may be available.


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Bombardier – what next?

I’m grateful for all the positive comments on the debate on the future of the UK train building industry, and my contribution to it. Many of you have asked “what happens next?”

The answer is that we have to keep up the pressure on the Government. We are still trying to…

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Phone hacking enquiry

The draft terms of reference into the phone hacking enquiry were published yesterday – they are available here. The terms should give us the comprehensive enquiry we need.

I do however have concerns at the way the terms alternate between “press”, “media” and “newspapers” at various points and have written to the…

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BSkyB Vote Today

The motion for today’s debate has now been announced:

“That this House believes that it is in the public interest for Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation to withdraw their bid for BSkyB.”

I will happily vote for this motion. I can’t see that anyone could oppose it.

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Debate on Bombardier

I’ve now updated my Bombardier page with the link to the written transcript of yesterday’s debate. Click here to visit the page. Below is the transcript of my speech:

I am grateful that we have the chance to debate and question the Minister on the future of the UK train-building industry,…

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News International/Phone Hacking/BSkyB

The recent revelations and accusations of disgraceful and wholly inexcusable conduct at the News of the World have prompted a record number of constituents to contact me to express their anger. I can only agree. How anyone could hack the phones of murder victims and relatives of bereaved soldiers is…

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I had the fortune to have my request for a debate on the Future of the UK Train Building Industry selected for debate today. We had a lively 90 minute session with general agreement from backbenchers on both sides of the house about the need to reconsider the Thameslink contract…

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IMF Funding

I took the difficult decision last night to rebel against a Government 3-line whip and oppose the vote to increase the UK’s subscription to the IMF by over £9 billion. While it is right that MPs follow their own consciences and represent their constituents at Westminster not vice versa, this should…

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Blog updating

Apologies for the long delay in updating this blog, I will now try and update it on a regular basis. Please let me know by email to if you want me to add you to my regular email newsletters.

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Blend Youth Project visit Westminster

I was delighted that the first tour of Westminster I hosted was for some young people from the Blend Youth Project in Ripley.

Blend Youth Project visit to Westminster June 2010

The Blend project is a great example of the sort of facility we need for young people. Interesting young…

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