Herald column February 23rd 2017

This week it is the turn of the House of Lords to start scrutiny of the Brexit Bill and I have never seen the place so packed.

Sky News - Abu Zakariya al Britani - 22-02-2017

A British man said by Islamic State to have detonated a suicide bomb attacking Iraqi forces in Mosul is former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ronald Fiddler.

IS named the bomber as Abu Zakariya al Britani, and claimed the vehicle he was in had exploded in Tal Kisum village, south of Mosul.


Hundreds of 1950s Women’s Action Groups protesting against changes to the State Pension age staged a demonstration outside Parliament last week. After the protest, I hosted a meeting of supportive MPs and WASPI women to discuss the key issues affecting them.

Channel 4 - Domestic Violence - 18-02-2017

Theresa May has vowed to bring in new laws to improve the way domestic abuse cases are dealt with, and to end the postcode lottery in the support survivors receive. It’ll be a personal priority, the prime minister has declared.

Letter from Charles Horton, CEO re ASLEF ballot result

Letter from Charles Horton, CEO regarding ASLEF ballot result which saw Southern drivers vote not to approve the agreement made between GTR and the ASLEF leadership to try and resolve the dispute over the extension of driver controlled operation on the Southern network: