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My Winchester lecture: Re-imagining England

On Thursday 9th October I spoke at the University of Winchester on the subject of ‘Re-imagining England’, you can read the text on my blog The Optimistic Patriot I brought together many of the themes that some of you will now … Continue reading

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Speaking up for the Hazaras

Here is what I said in Parliament on Monday 1st September about the plight of the Hazaras, both those who have been forced to flee their country and those still living in danger. Watch the discussion on BBC Democracy Live. “I beg … Continue reading

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My take on technical degrees

Ed Miliband has recently outlined how technical degrees will benefit young people and help build a skilled economy. Here is what I said in Parliament on the 9th July about this important idea and how it relates to my own … Continue reading

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Teaching British Values

“Schools should be in the business of ‘nation-building’” says Denham, but Government’s approach to promoting British values is badly thought out and may be counter-productive Mr Denham told the House of Commons in debate on Wednesday June 25th: ‘A diverse but sometimes divided … Continue reading

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Supporting Hampshire food and drink

On the 10th June I had the opportunity to sample a wonderful variety of food and drink from Hampshire producers at a fare event in the House of Commons. The reception was organised by Hampshire Fare and my neighbour MP … Continue reading

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Honouring constituents

Last Wednesday I brought three constituents – Lynda Walton from Holyrood Estate Residents and Tenants Association, long time disability rights champion Geoff Wilkinson, and community radio station Awaaz FM manager Ali Beg – to a ‘Real People, Real Stories’ reception … Continue reading

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