The allegations of sexual impropriety swirling around Westminster have made two things crystal clear. First, Parliament needs a new and independent body where complainants know that their allegations will be investigated properly and in confidence.
On Friday night I was delighted to join Cheltenham’s Street Pastors as they patrolled the town after dark. In just a few short years, their purple jackets, supply of flip-flops and lollipops have become a feature of Cheltenham’s nightlife.
Cheltenham’s Literature Festival brings hundreds of the world’s most brilliant writers, performers and political thinkers to the town. It is astonishing and always delivers. But this year truly was exceptional.
Party conferences are an opportunity for reflection. They provide a chance to lift our eyes beyond today’s latest parliamentary skirmish and survey the broader political landscape. There is a lot to take in.
There's a great line in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations: "Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule." It was said by the gruff lawyer, Mr Jaggers, and I've always thought it was pretty good rule for life.
Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk has been singled out for praise for his work on school funding by the Education Secretary. Justine Greening MP paid tribute to Mr Chalk during a debate in Parliament as she announced “historic” reforms to education funding.
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