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In My View - 22nd February 2018

Parliament returns this week with the welcome news that the Government is launching a comprehensive review into higher education funding. This will focus on, but not be limited to, the whole system of loans and tuition fees which have become something of a political football in recent months.

In My View - 15th February 2018

BBC Question Time is in Yeovil this week and I hope that everyone going enjoys the live television experience and a sense of the national stage.

Somerset MPs welcome funding increase for local authorities

Parliament yesterday (Wednesday 7 February 2018) approved the funding settlement for English local authorities that will see a real terms increase in available resources over the next two years and give them access to over £200 billion from 2015 to 2020 to deliver the high-quality services their

In My View - 8th February 2018

This week I am overseas, in Canada and America, on a factfinding and relationship building trip with the International Trade Select Committee.

In My View - 25th January 2018

Headlines this week have been dominated by Boris Johnson and the NHS in a way that sadly highlights the confused discourse that continues on this most important of issues.

In My View - 18th January 2018

Last week I visited Rome to meet the top management of Leonardo including the CEO, Senor Alessandro Profumo.

In My View - 4th January 2018

Although the start of January always has something of a ‘back to school’ feel about it, it’s an exciting time of year. Whilst many of us have enjoyed a break we are of course all indebted to those working, including in the emergency and other public services, over Christmas and New Year.

In My View - 21st December 2017

My office in the House of Commons is on a somewhat bland but high corridor just off the public rooms of Upper Committee Corridor. Although small, I like it as it is close to the chamber.