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My regular newspaper column: Your MP Writes

I am getting a lot of emails and letters from people complaining about Brexit. Contrary to what the media might think or suggest, these are not complaints about the fact that Brexit is happening - far from it.

My regular newspaper column: Your MP Writes

The “Beast from the East” and Storm Emma will be a reminder of the importance of a cheap and reliable electricity supply. This is under threat as a result of fears about runaway global warming.

Conservative or Tory?

I had an email exchange today with a university student looking into and exploring the origins of words within the English language.

I was asked the following:

My regular newspaper column: Your MP Writes

The shrill commentators who forecast economic doom if we voted to leave the EU are starting to sound like religious zealots who stand on street corners with a prediction of Armageddon.

My regular newspaper column: Your MP Writes

A small number of people in public life (yes I am one) have been pointing out that despite all the hysteria surrounding climate change, the earth has not warmed since 1997. For our sins we have been called “sceptics”, “flat earthers”, “deniers” and worse.

Transgender rights versus women's privacy

At party conferences it is normal to face an airport-style frisk. Although not overly intrusive, it is always done by someone of the same sex and many people would strongly object on grounds of privacy if it were not.

The myth of the post-Brexit NHS collapse

Once of the great lies being told about the UK's decision to leave the EU is that it could “cause the collapse” of the NHS. The so-called evidence for this is that out of a total number of 1.2 million workers, 5,7000 (or around five per cent) are from EU countries.

My regular newspaper column: Your MP Writes

The big issue of the day seems to be transgender rights. Equalities Minister Justine Greening has announced proposals to allow people to change their legal gender without any medical intervention. A consultation on reforming the 2004 Gender Recognition Act will begin in the autumn.