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Newsletter - 13 June, 2021

On Monday afternoon I was in the dock at Westminster Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to  having permitted an animal in my charge - to wit, Pebble the Jack Russell, age 11 months - to chase or worry another animal - to wit, 200 deer - in Richmond Park ‘without the written permission of the Secr

Newsletter - 7 June, 2021

Marlborough has the widest high street in England, apparently (this is the sort of fact I don’t propose checking).

Newsletter - 23 May, 2021

Down an unmarked track off the road that leads through a modern housing development on the southern edge of Devizes is a wood. This was the grounds of the old Roundway Hospital, formerly the Wiltshire County Lunatic Asylum.

Newsletter - 16 May, 2021

The Government has a moral and a political obligation to ensure that British Army veterans of the Troubles in Northern Ireland are not hounded through the courts thirty, forty, fifty years after event, when no new evidence has come to light to prosecute them with.

Newsletter - 9 May, 2021

It’s been a political few weeks, and I’ll come to that in a moment. The non-political highlight of the last fortnight was my visit to Stonehenge, which annoyingly is a few hundred yards outside my constituency. I shouldn’t be jealous.

Newsletter - 18 April, 2021

I gave my tuppence worth on HRH Prince Philip in the debate on the Humble Address on Monday, with a short speech about his legacy.

Newsletter - 11 April, 2021

It’s Parliamentary recess and the Easter holidays. Politics has momentarily quietened down. A good moment, then, to take the long view. I had a stimulating meeting in Devizes Town Hall with the Mayor, the Town Clerk, the boss of the Wiltshire museum and two of our county councillors.

Newsletter - 28 March, 2021

There is some disquiet in Wiltshire about the Defence Review whose conclusions were published by the Government this week.

Newsletter - 7 March, 2021

It is with mixed feelings (a mixture of joy and elation) that my wife and I contemplate the end of the home-school era tomorrow.

Newsletter - 28 February, 2021

The Union of England and Scotland is in peril. This 300-year old arrangement, perhaps the longest and most successful marriage between two countries in history, is close to breaking point as its two protagonists tire of each other.