The EU referendum campaign is well underway and I think it’s going to be the most important vote that we will take in our lifetime. Britain’s membership costs £350m a week - money which could be better spent on schools and hospitals here in the UK.
The tragic bombings in Brussels once again highlight the evil of Islamic extremism; a growing threat to the freedoms which we take for granted in Europe. Early last week, I met with campaigners in London who are concerned at the growth of jihadi Islamism and its effects on women.
A New Year and the Severn Bridge tolls have gone up again. This was always going to happen following an agreement struck between the UK Government and the consortium which built the Second Severn Crossing in 1992. However, change is afoot.
In the wake of the Paris attacks, political and religious leaders of all faiths have been right to repeatedly remind us that the vast majority of Muslims are peace-loving and opposed to terrorism. This is certainly true.
An organisation called the People’s NHS has been lobbying me and other Conservative MPs to stop an EU treaty called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. It believes TTIP will lead to the privatisation of the NHS.
A few Argus readers have criticised my stance on immigration and I am happy to respond. Across Turkey there are over 20 refugee camps offering a safe place to anyone fleeing war in Syria or Iraq. There are others in Jordan.
Driving back from a recent Council of Europe meeting in Strasburg, I came face to face with the everyday chaos at Calais. Queuing onto the motorway was a long line of stationary lorries surrounded by asylum seekers.
I will readily admit the Conservative election victory surprised me as much as the pundits. However, I can assure people that scare stories about a Conservative government slashing the public sector and selling off the NHS were totally untrue.
A new book by Welsh journalist Gareth Evans on the history of education post-devolution, A Class Apart, may not be at the top of the best seller list. But parents, teachers and politicians in Wales could do worse than spend a few hours reading it.
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