On the track

I was asked the other day whether the West Anglia Taskforce was still in existence.  It is, I remain its Chairman and it meets again on 28 March.

Erasmus and Horizon after Brexit

The House of Lords European Union Home Affairs Sub-Committee – on which I sit – has just published a report “Brexit : the Erasmus and Horizon programmes”.

Airports - still questions to ask

I was pleased to attend the event at Stansted Airport on 8 June that marked the launch of a service by Emirates to Dubai.

'On Being Saffron Walden's MP: A Reflection'

I recently had the pleasure of writing an article for the Saffron Walden Historical Journal about my 40 years in Parliament.  The Journal, available in Harts Bookshop, Waitrose, the Tourist Information Centre and the museum in Saffron Walden, retails at £3 and is compiled by the town's Historical

My candidature for the upcoming General Election

When I heard the Prime Minister’s announcement of an early General Election I reacted enthusiastically with my only thought being to play my part in strengthening the position of the Conservative Party in Parliament.


Our NHS is forever a subject for concern. Never more so than during the winter months. As with so many things it is not what it achieves – patient satisfaction remains remarkably high – but what it gets wrong that makes the headlines. That is only natural.

Date set for final parade at Carver Barracks

During the Defence Estate announcement on Monday 7 November, Sir Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence, announced Carver Barracks as one of the military sites to be sold within the next 30 years.

High Court ruling

Last week the High Court ruled that the Prime Minister cannot give notice of intention to withdraw from the European Union without reference to Parliament.

Railway plans unveiled

Last week I welcomed Rail Minister Paul Maynard to Bishop’s Stortford for the launch of the West Anglia Taskforce report.

Reaction to airport decision

I was the first Conservative Member to be called by the Speaker to question the Secretary of State for Transport on his announcement about increased airport capacity in the London area.