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Speech on legal services post Brexit

It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Christopher. I will not speak for very long, but I want to raise an important point about international arbitration while wearing my hat as the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on alternative dispute resolution, which looks at arbitration, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution.​

Welcome for air space consultation

I have welcomed the announcement that Heathrow will be holding a consultation starting in January 2019 on airspace use. The Airspace and Future Operations consultation will ask questions about future airspace use and how the airport will operate.

Speech on Nursing Education

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. It is also a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West (Eleanor Smith), especially because she was a nurse. Incidentally, on her point that nurses are more popular than politicians, when the Houses of Parliament burnt down in the 1830s, the cheers could be heard from Westminster Bridge, where people took out their frustration with politicians.

Health Minister visits Townlands

I invited then Health Minister, Steve Barclay MP, to visit Townlands Memorial Hospital in Henley last Thursday.  Townlands is an exmplar of how the NHS can organise its services across discsipline and not in silos.  The level of integration with Social Services and changes in attitudes of clinici

Oxford-MK-Cambridge Expressway

I and Ed Vaizey MP (Wantage and Didcot) met with the Minister of State for Transport Jesse Norman MP and representatives of Highways England to discuss the Oxford Cambridge Expressway, the A34, and the A420.

School funding

I have written before on School Funding but I make no apology for coming back to the subject now. It is an important one. Different aspects of funding for education have been hotly debated for some time and still are.

How "overwhelming" was our Referendum vote?

The vote to leave the EU was a national vote as is the way of all referenda. Votes are cast in the usual counting areas and then pooled for an overall result. Neither the voting nor the counting areas were parliamentary constituencies.

Intervention in debate on school funding

Surely one of the problems is that different campaign groups, and indeed the Department for Education, use headline figures that vary from organisation to organisation.

Petition on Europa School

This petition relates to the Europa School, which is a free school located in my constituency. It is a petition that has 2,469 signatures.

The petition of teachers at, parents of pupils at, or friends of the Europa School Culham, Oxfordshire,