General election called

Would you believe it? Having denied over again that she should would not call a General Election, Theresa May has done just that. So much for her word. Continue reading

One job is enough for me

Conservative former Chancellor George Osborne was in the news recently having been appointed Editor of the London Evening Standard, the country’s biggest regional newspaper. Continue reading

Far from dividing us, they have united us

The terrorist attack on Parliament was dreadful. Innocent tourists mown down indiscriminately by a car driving on the pavement, then a police officer stabbed to death. Continue reading

Bashing the self-employed is not the answer

It was Budget day in the Commons last week and the Chancellor Philip Hammond got himself in hot water by increasing national insurance contributions on the self-employed despite promising in his election manifesto, just two years ago, that he wouldn’t do it. Continue reading

Getting in on the debate...

When you think of the House of Commons, most people will think of the main chamber, where the big debates, votes and Prime Minister’s Questions take place. Continue reading

Pushing my luck, just to make the case for Chester

Each day in the Commons begins with an hour of oral questions. Every department turns up on a rota roughly once a month. Continue reading

Homelessness Reduction Bill

One part of MPs’ work you don’t see much of is the committee stage of a bill. Once the main general debate has taken place at what is called 2nd Reading, the bill goes into committee. Here a smaller number of MPs, between 20 and 40 depending on the size of the bill, go through it in detail, clause by clause. Continue reading

Growth Track 360

The closure of the Brook Lane railway bridge – in fact its complete demolition and forthcoming replacement – is a complete pain. Not only for local residents, but also for any motorist driving round the city’s congested roads and having to use the diversions. Continue reading

Like 2015 and 2016, Chester is my priority in 2017

It seems likely that 2017 will continue to be dominated by the chaos that is our withdrawal from the European Union Continue reading

"Bring back control"?

Article 50. Six months ago few would have any idea what this obscure piece of a European treaty was all about. Now it is central to our politics. Continue reading