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Archive for the ‘Parliamentary Sketch’ Category

Parliamentary sketch – Meteorological forecast: Hurricane George to hit Westminster Friday morning

Posted on: 4th September 2014

Why am I at the centre of a political storm again this week, I hear you ask?  (No, I haven’t resigned my seat following lunch with a wealthy UKIP donor…) I am using the good fortune of coming top of the poll amongst MPs to revoke a policy recently introduced by the Coalition Government – […]

Parliamentary sketch – The other side of the lilo

Posted on: 29th August 2014

Many MPs will apparently (not this one!) reluctantly ease themselves off their holiday lilos to return to do battle again in the Westminster Village this week. August has been a good time to make progress on many fronts, but difficult on others: Affordable Homes My Private Member’s Bill gets it’s first debate (2nd Reading) next […]

Parliamentary sketch – Patients before profit

Posted on: 21st August 2014

Is there a role for private companies in the NHS? I say “No”. Private companies may have a role to play supporting from outside the NHS – supplying buildings, beds, medicines etc. But when profit is placed before patient care a line is crossed. Indeed, the political battle lines have been well defined in recent […]

Parliamentary sketch – No air raid shelters against love bombs

Posted on: 14th August 2014

Should Parliament be recalled? I believe it should. The crises in the Middle East, Iraq and elsewhere have prompted questions over military intervention, humanitarian aid programmes and the appropriateness of the UK response so far. Our Government should be held to account by the democratically elected Chamber, not just by the vagaries of the media. […]

Parliamentary sketch – Things we shouldn’t forget to remember

Posted on: 7th August 2014

According to Westminster Lobby journalists – who are currently on their long summer break – MPs are now enjoying “their long summer break”! Well, this week, after celebrating the success of the Jubilee Pool campaign in Penzance (where much behind the scenes work and lobbying had been done) which has secured almost £2 million, I […]

Parliamentary sketch – The Omni-powerful deliver GDP growth

Posted on: 1st August 2014

So, figures for the economic recovery look good.  GDP growth (0.8%) back to the pre-banking crash levels of 2008. Of course, next comes the predictable fisticuffs between the Parties to claim credit for the good news.  To do this, some claim the global financial collapse (in 2008) was all the fault of the previous Labour […]

Parliamentary sketch – Just what the nurse ordered

Posted on: 17th July 2014

More good news.  Another campaign success! Hot on the heels of the recent announcement on rail investment, the long campaign for safe nurse staffing on hospital wards gets its reward.  And just desserts for the Safe Staffing Alliance (SSA) and for my campaign in Parliament. Under the radar while Cabinet reshuffles and World Cup homecomings […]

Parliamentary sketch – Credit where credit’s due

Posted on: 10th July 2014

Modesty is a significant handicap for those seeking to succeed in politics. The undignified scrum (of which I was certainly part!) which gathered amongst the worthy staff and officers of local authorities and train operators at Long Rock for the Prime Minister’s official announcement of a successful multi-million pound rail investment package for the benefit […]

Parliamentary sketch – Railing against the naysayers

Posted on: 3rd July 2014

Six years ago we had to fight a rear-guard action to maintain the sleeper service from Penzance to Paddington.  We succeeded then, and in doing so helped market the service for people who had either forgotten it existed or had assumed that it had closed years before! The problem for me is that I, now, […]

Parliamentary sketch – Homing in on a Private Members’ Bill

Posted on: 27th June 2014

Some folk apparently believe that Parliament is “winding down” before a General Election next year! Well, the message hasn’t got through to the Westminster village.  With late votes, meetings with Ministers about prospects for an offshore breakwater for Penzance, about essential rail investment including our campaign for the Train Care Centre at Long Rock, about […]