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.

Lyme Disease

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.

Parson's Green, Extremist Propaganda and the Internet

Another week, another terrorist atrocity. The Parsons Green bombing was yet another chilling reminder of the threat we face, and the debt we owe to the police and security services who confront it. These recent attacks are not so much a spike as a shift.

Literature Festival, Tour of Britain, John Lewis and more

Many congratulations to all those who helped organise the Tour of Britain cycle event in Cheltenham. So many people, from borough council staff to an army of volunteers, came together to put on such a successful, positive, event.

Chalk Calls for Scrutiny of Prison Deaths at HMP Bristol

Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk has raised concerns about the number of inmate deaths at Bristol Prison. Mr Chalk brought up the issue in Parliament during questions to the Ministry of Justice. He highlighted the cases of three constituents who have died at the prison within the last eighteen months.