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The Somerset Guardian, 27th May 2020
As a number of constituents have written to me about the Prime Minister's chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, I thought it worth setting out what happened as there have been so many stories flying around. On Monday, Mr. Cummings held a press...
MPS MUST LEAD BY EXAMPLE
The Somerset Guardian, 20th May 2020
As we reach week eight of lockdown, Parliament continues to operate with few Members of Parliament (MPs) attending the Chamber and the rest participating virtually and voting electronically. Given the short notice, the new hybrid system has...
The Somerset Guardian, 13th May 2020
On Sunday, the Prime Minister addressed the nation to thank it for the great effort that it continues to make during the Coronavirus pandemic but he also took the opportunity to unveil a 'conditional plan to reopen society'. During his...
The Somerset Guardian, 6th May 2020
As we begin week six of lockdown the Government continues to refine plans to prepare the country for post-Covid 19 and soon the Prime Minister will announce how these will unfold. With the peak of Coronavirus now over the Government is in a far...
THE PRIME MINISTER RETURNS
The Somerset Guardian, 29th April 2020
This week, the Prime Minister returned to work at Downing Street, following his time in hospital because of the Coronavirus. Resuming his duties, Boris Johnson made a speech on Monday morning in which he stated that even though we were...
MPS RETURN TO PARLIAMENT
The Somerset Guardian, 22nd April 2020
This week, following advice from the House of Commons, Members of Parliament (MPs) have returned to Parliament but for many of them it is only in the virtual sense. For the first time in its 750-year history, MPs will be able to ask questions...
THE POPE'S EASTER MESSAGE
The Somerset Guardian, 15th April 2020
On Sunday, Pope Francis delivered his annual Easter Urbi et Orbi speech from inside an almost empty St. Peter's Basilica, broadcast online instead of to the thousands of people who normally pack into the square outside. During his address, the...
The Somerset Guardian, 8th April 2020
On Sunday, around 24 million people in the United Kingdom watched the Queen deliver a televised speech in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Throughout her sixty-eight year long reign, she has only ever spoken on television to the nation on...
The Farrington Gurney Parish Journal, May/June 2020
As you will all no doubt be aware, the Prime Minister announced on Monday 16th March that the country had to stay at home to stay safe, save lives and protect the NHS. The Government’s implementation of such stringent measures is in...