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John comments on proposal to abolish independent schools.

A number of local schools have asked their parents to write to me about the disastrous Labour policy to abolish independent schools. I have written to the Heads of these schools to let them know my views and I am happy to set them out here.

John presents honour to the French town of Suresnes

On behalf of the Council of Europe, John presented an important European award – the Plaquette d’honneur - to the French town of Suresnes, near Paris. The Plaquette d’honneur is one of the chief components of the Europe Prize awarded by the Council of Europe to the city or town which has shown th

John comments on the Domestic Abuse Bill

Last Wednesday, the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill passed its Second Reading in Parliament. The Bill introduces the first ever statutory definition of domestic abuse, recognising that abuse can take many different forms – including psychological, physical, sexual, economic and emotional.

John speaks on labour migration at the Council of Europe

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe debated a report from the Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons Committee which suggested that concerted action should be taken by the countries of origin of labour migrants and the European countries where they come to work, in order to all

John speaks out in support of whistleblowers

John spoke today on whistleblowing at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. He praised the rights of whistleblowers to raise issues of public interest without sacrificing their personal lives or that of their families.

John comments on recent behaviour in Parliament

It would be nice to think that historically the temperature of discussions in the House has always been calm. But just look back at the debates that took place over Maastricht which were vitriolic.