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Happy New Year!

At the start of the new year I always like to thank the Editor and staff of The Chester and District Standard for giving me a regular column twice a month. It is a great way to communicate some of the work I am doing in Westminster and back home in Chester, and also to explain how Parliament works. Continue reading

Mind your PMQs...

For many, the highlight of the Parliamentary week is noon on Wednesday: Prime Minister’s Questions. Continue reading

Searching for something good to come out of something so bad...

In truth, Parliament has not been a nice place to work these last few weeks. Continue reading

Let down over the Hoole Bridge...

In July, just as the Commons broke up for summer recess, the government announced it was cancelling two railway electrification programmes: in the East Midlands and in South Wales. Continue reading

Democracy is bigger than any one party...

I remain grateful to The Chester & District Standard for giving me a twice-monthly column. I always try to get a balance between what’s happening at home in Chester, and what’s going on in parliament. Continue reading

Sustainable palm oil city...

One of my roles as MP for Chester is to give a national platform to people and groups doing great things. To highlight on the national stage the stars of our city. Continue reading

Live from conference...

This week, like most Septembers, I have been at my party's annual conference. This year it is in Brighton. The Liberal Democrats met last week, the Conservatives gather the week after and at the start of September the Trade Unions met for their annual congress. Continue reading

Central to our democracy...

This week I shall be writing about the make-up of committees in the House of Commons. No, don’t turn the page, because what sounds like an obscure technicality is suddenly central to our democracy. Continue reading

I'm back, so let's keep going...

So, after a General Election that took a lot of people by surprise, both for being called in the first place and for the outcome, I am back returned as Chester’s MP. Continue reading

The Legacy of Christine Russell

Have you been to Storyhouse yet? The opening season has been triumphant with glowing reviews in the national press. But even if you fancy a coffee or a relaxing read in the library, it is better than I ever imagined it was going to be. Continue reading