Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

GETTING back into the swing of things after the Christmas period can sometimes be a struggle. But this week I’ve got a couple of constituency appointments which I’ve been looking forward to for a while and should help to ease the post-Christmas blues. On Friday morning I visit HMP Kirkham for the first time which [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

FIRST off happy new year to everyone. I hope your festive period was as good as mine, regardless of whether or not you celebrate Christmas. The winter break has been very welcome; giving me a chance to catch up with my family and friends who I miss greatly while in London. It’s also been great [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THE recent cold snap has chilled many of us to the bone and, as usual, sparked one or two complaints. The Secretary of State for Transport has given a number of statements in the House of Commons about the weather and how the Government are dealing with the issues it raises. My office has also [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THE Christmas period is always my favourite time of year. As well as an important religious occasion it’s a chance to see friends and family, have a break from the strains of work and to reflect on another year gone by. So I thought this week, rather than going into too much detail about the [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week, it is fair to say, has been the most difficult of my political life. The changes to tuition fees have attracted widespread criticism and I can assure you a lot of MPs have been wrestling with their consciences. But on Thursday I voted to support the bill and I will explain why. There [...]