9:00am Thursday 13th November 2008
On Remembrance Sunday we shall all pause to reflect on those who have laid down their lives for their country. This year, there will be an extra poignancy. There have been 35 deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan since the beginning of the year, and it is only right that our thoughts should be with their families.
12:08pm Tuesday 11th November 2008
With the markets around the world in turmoil these are times of great instability and anxiety. Everyone is concerned and affected by the financial crisis. Families are worried about their income and savings and employees about the affect on their pensions.
12:05pm Tuesday 11th November 2008
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10:33am Thursday 18th September 2008
This summer has been truly rotten. From the appalling weather to the rising food and fuel prices there has been very little room for cheer. In the wider world, Russia flexed her muscles in an international incident in the Caucasus and the worldwide economy suffered a series of shocks, including the collapse of US mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The UK’s own rate of inflation rose to 4.7 per cent in August, the highest since records began in 1997. Millions around the UK are feeling the impact of the economic crisis.
10:31am Thursday 18th September 2008
10:29am Thursday 18th September 2008
It is hard to remember a time when the public held their elected politicians in lower esteem. Surveys show that only journalists and estate agents come close to our profession in terms of public contempt. Sometimes it is not hard to understand why.
3:58pm Friday 18th July 2008
Last week in Prime Minister's Questions, I queried why the Government is trying to exempt London from new air quality controls, when it claimed that there would be no further expansion of Heathrow unless proposals met strict environmental limits. As usual, I was unable to get a straight answer, but I am not alone in finding this.
3:57pm Friday 18th July 2008
On Saturday, July 12, the community of Hayes and Harlington stood up to be counted and we won. Despite all the attempts by Hillingdon Council to kill off the Hayes carnival, large numbers of local people and local community groups came together and made this year's carnival a success.
3:50pm Friday 18th July 2008
11:17am Thursday 5th June 2008
It seems as if everyone is talking about the rising price of fuel in recent weeks. With petrol prices now over £1.15 per litre, and diesel even higher, the cost of filling up the family car has rocketed.
11:16am Thursday 5th June 2008
This month I am using my column to congratulate and thank all those who attended and helped organise the demonstration against the expansion of Heathrow Airport on Saturday. It was a fantastic turnout that demonstrated the strength of feeling against Heathrow expansion.
11:14am Thursday 5th June 2008
As I write this we are debating the Government's latest changes to the planning system. Its aim is to speed up approval of key infrastructure projects that are considered to be in the national interest.
9:59am Friday 9th May 2008
9:56am Friday 9th May 2008
9:52am Friday 9th May 2008
Few things matter more to my constituents than the state of local health services. There have been grounds for concern over the last few years. We have had to deal with uncertainty about the future of much-loved specialist hospitals at Harefield and Mount Vernon.
10:20am Thursday 10th April 2008
10:18am Thursday 10th April 2008
10:15am Thursday 10th April 2008
Since being elected in 2005 there have been many issues that have caused my post bag to swell but the response to the post office consultation, which aims to close High Street, Northwood and Ickenham Road, Ruislip branches has been tremendous.
10:11am Thursday 6th March 2008
10:10am Thursday 6th March 2008
THE iconic battleground on which the struggle for the future of our planet will be fought is at Heathrow airport. The Government's consultation on whether to allow Heathrow to virtually double in size by constructing a third runway and sixth terminal ended on February 27.
10:07am Thursday 6th March 2008
I CAN'T think of a time when the stock of politicians has fallen so low in this country. Of course, the newspapers are feasting on the question of MPs expenses and I both understand that and fully support the need for much greater transparency and accountability for how public money is spent. I am confident that we are now on a journey that will get our house in order.
10:28am Friday 8th February 2008
10:26am Friday 8th February 2008
ON Thursday, January 31, Parliament debated the Government's National Insurance Bill, which will set the earnings limits for paying National Insurance contributions. Sounds like a dry bureaucratic issue but actually this is a key decision on whether the Government is serious about tackling poverty and inequality in today's Britain.
10:23am Friday 8th February 2008
ON Thursday, January 31, I attended a public meeting to protest against the planned third runway at Heathrow. The evidence produced by council officers and campaigners was devastating in terms of the impact that this will have on quality of life in Hillingdon.
2:05pm Thursday 10th January 2008
2:03pm Thursday 10th January 2008
2:00pm Thursday 10th January 2008
THANK you to supporters of Mount Vernon Before Christmas, I met with a minister at the Department of Health to deliver a simple message: the community I represents wants to keep cancer services at Mount Vernon, and not see them moved into Hertfordshire.
3:00pm Thursday 6th December 2007
IT almost seems that the Monty Python team are in charge at Westminster. Not only has HM Revenue and Customs lost discs containing millions of people's personal data and bank details, including my wife's, we now find that the Government may never be repaid in full for the £24billion that it lent to Northern Rock.
6:06pm Monday 12th November 2007
6:03pm Monday 12th November 2007
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5:19pm Friday 5th October 2007
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5:13pm Friday 5th October 2007
11:04am Friday 7th September 2007
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5:18pm Friday 6th July 2007
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