Votes on a No Deal Brexit

There has been an understandable degree of confusion surrounding the exact nature of the votes last night and I would like to take this opportunity to clarify what each vote accomplished, as well as which way I voted in each.

Local community funding boost

I have welcomed the news that a good cause in my constituency has received funding from players of the People's Postcode Lottery.

Education funding

A number of people have written to me with observations on school funding. I am happy to respond with a detailed analysis.   I do of course recognise that there are cost pressures on schools and I am doing all I can to raise these with the Department of Education.

More on Brexit

There is nothing that is very much new to add to the subject of Brexit at this stage. We shall have to wait a little longer for this.

Otmoor and the Expressway

The link below will take you to a letter I have received from the Minister of Transport about the potential siting of the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Expressway and its relationship to Otmoor.  What he says is the following:

Climate Change

I have said in my article in the Thame Gazette this week that I believe that climate change is a crucial issue facing the planet. However, attendance at (or the number of) a particular debate is not an indication of commitment to an issue either from me or from the Government.

Speech on Global Education

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. It is also a great pleasure to follow all three of the previous speakers in this debate.

Speech on human rights in the UK

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes, and a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Edinburgh East (Tommy Sheppard), who is a fellow member of the Council of Europe. I understand and agree with a lot of what he said.

The Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Expressway

I am sorry to have to write again on the subject of the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Expressway but false rumours are being spread about its route.  The Minister of Transport has recently confirmed publicly in debate 'our strong preference is not to cross Otmoor.

National and local

One of the most interesting challenges for an MP is dealing with the bigger picture issues such as the Finance Bill or Brexit (or the international issues which are the staple of an MP's life) while staying focused on the nitty gritty issues that directly affect constituents.