Herald column May 10th 2018

When it comes to the emergency services I always seem to have something of a calming effect. Last week I joined one of our excellent local ambulance crews for an evening shift.

Herald column May 3rd 2018

It was another tumultuous start to the week at Westminster with the resignation of the Home Secretary Amber Rudd in the wake of the so-called ‘Windrush Affair.’ As a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee I was one of those who interrogated the former Home Secretary when she made her comment

Herald column April 26th 2018

I like busy days and last Friday started with an early meeting with representatives from the local air pollution group AREA for an update, as I was unable to attend their public meeting earlier in the week confined to barracks in Parliament for the important Syria debates.

Herald Column April 19th 2018

Parliament returned from the Easter recess on Monday and not surprisingly our proceedings were dominated by events in Syria over the weekend.

Herald column April 12th 2018

We have some great residents’ associations and special interest groups around the constituency which usually meet during the week and invariably I miss them when I am at Westminster. So I have been using the opportunity of the Easter recess to catch up on some of them.

Herald column April 5th

Many readers will have heard of The Great Get Together Weekend which was established in memory of my former colleague Jo Cox MP who was murdered back in 2016.

Herald column March 29th 2018

The Herald has reported on the outcry over the review of the way the Community Safety Partnership is funded by the Police Crime and Commissioner.

Herald column March 22nd 2018

There is a saying that a lie has travelled half way round the world before the truth has got his boots on.

Herald column March 8th 2018

Last week at PMQs I had the opportunity to ask the PM about the ongoing anomaly where train operating companies are not obliged to pass on to passengers the compensation they receive from Network Rail when delays and cancellations are caused by problems on the line rather than of their own making