The storm over the astonishing phone hacking revelations this summer has clouded attention as to what is happening in the economy. While the high drama of the News of World saga was riveting, what ordinary people are concerned about is the...
British people care about animals. Ask any MP and they will tell you that animal-related issues almost always top their inbox. So I was delighted, a few months ago, as a new member of the Petitions Select Committee, to...
It is the first duty of Government to protect its citizens. Whilst the defence of the realm should be above party politics, we must make sure that no party tries to deny our brave men and women in the...
This September, the Chief Inspector of Prisons raised an Urgent Notification on HMP Bedford, which is in my constituency. That mechanism alerts the...
As Benjamin Disraeli so astutely observed: “Change is constant...change is inevitable.” And I believe passionately that leaving the European Union presents Britain with the biggest opportunity for positive, lasting change in generations - the chance to fulfil our enormous...
Politicians always talk about the future as if it were full of dramatic possibilities. The reality is usually prosaic and uneventful. But the next few months could, genuinely, reshape the country’s future in ways that will be felt for...
This July, the number of sick days taken in the UK fell to its lowest in 25 years. We will all welcome the suggestion of a healthier workforce, but the reality is more complicated. The report on sick leave followed...
Even with perfect foresight, one’s answer to that question would have to be “No”, but – much more often than not – one is working in the dark. The great General Ismay, Churchill’s wartime representative on the Chiefs of...
By Lord Paul Tyler The House of Lords is more likely to evolve in a democratic direction now than at any point in the last century. With both parties in the Coalition Cabinet firmly behind a set of reform proposals,...
This Government is firmly focused on getting the best deal for energy consumers and ensuring that consumer markets work for everyone. As the Prime Minister has set out, our Plan for Britain is to build a stronger, fairer country. That...

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