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My latest column

On Tuesday I received an email of historic proportions from the Speaker of the House of Commons, informing me that we were likely to meet as a ‘virtual Parliament’ next week.

My statement on Coronavirus - 18th March 2020

When it comes to Coronavirus there is no point beating around the bush. We face the most profound societal, economic and – above all – public health challenge since the Second World War.

BBC could be a great export success story

In the coverage of Lord Hall of Birkenhead’s announcement that he will be resigning as director-general of the BBC, it is striking how much commentary has implied that an apocalypse now beckons for the Beeb, with the Financial Times describing a “broadcaster under attack on all fronts”.

Brexit Update September 2019

First and foremost, we must be clear on what precisely we have been asked to vote on this week. A number of emails have suggested that I ‘voted for no deal’ because I voted with the Government. This could not be further from the truth.

Statement on Prorogation

I have inevitably received a large amount of correspondence on the matter of proroguing Parliament.

Conservative Leadership Election

I will be backing Jeremy Hunt for the leadership of the Conservative Party. My over-riding reason is that in politics it’s not what you say that matters, but whether you can be trusted to deliver what you say in reality. As a party we face a chronic crisis of trust.