Westminster Allegations

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.

Cheltenham's A&E and PMQ's

At the time of writing I’m finalising my parliamentary question to Theresa May at Prime Minister’s questions on Wednesday.

Protect the Protectors

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 Literature Festival

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.

Success for Alex Chalk’s GP Indemnity Campaign

Alex Chalk MP has warmly welcomed the decision of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to develop a state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs to protect them from the soaring costs of clinical negligence claims.


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.