I spent the weekend before last in Germany as part of the Munich Young Leaders programme, as the only UK representative. While I would not want to play down our own domestic policy challenges, hearing the Ukrainian member of parliament from Donbass did provide some perspective. Global leaders gathered, and ...
Category: National Print
March 2, 2018B
This Iraq inquiry farce is a disgrace to the country The charade of historical allegations against our servicemen and women is continuing unabated with Iraq Fatality Investigations, a government-funded inquiry.The pursuit of service personnel through the courts is a stain on our national character. It is the mark of a political ...
February 26, 2018B
Confession time. I didn’t go to conference. It’s not that I’m too busy, or I’m too tight to afford the entrance fee. I’m sorry for the journalist’s calls that I did not return, the fringe events I did not speak at. In any event, I probably did you a favour.The ...
October 6, 2017B
Earlier this year, Prince Harry came forward to say that he had sought counselling to come to terms with the death of his mother. It was quite a stark realisation for many people that someone so young and so privileged could be affected by mental health issues.To me, it was ...
October 5, 2017B
On Friday afternoon I went for a run. Some light snow was beginning to blow in from the east, as I jogged against the winds across the moor. I knew a busy weekend might be in store. For the past 10 months I had been leading ...
February 12, 2017B
This week we have exposed what is fast becoming Britain’s dirty little secret.I sat down with one of the lawyers representing over 200 servicemen and women who have had to turn to the private sector for legal and pastoral support which should have been provided, with ...
September 25, 2016B
Has there ever been a betrayal of our servicemen and women quite like this?I have only just started chairing my parliamentary select committee inquiry into the post-operational support given to our Armed Forces personnel undergoing the judicial process, and I feel deeply ashamed.Strong ...
September 18, 2016B
Tackling poor mental health in our communities is perhaps the single most important issue for my generation of Members of Parliament.I’m an MP because I believe that Plymouth, and by extension the wider UK society, must be judged on how we look after our most vulnerable. I care deeply about, ...
September 8, 2016B
I note Richard Dannatt’s comments today relating to his personal experience surrounding the use of the drug Lariam by the MoD when he was the Head of the British Army.Ex Service Chiefs have previously been criticised for speaking out only after their service was complete, and they were not subject ...
September 2, 2016B
For many years, British service personnel have been treated with a controversial anti-malaria drug despite warnings issued by its manufacturer. The Commons defence select committee, of which I am a member, has heard from scientists, lawyers and servicemen to try to understand why.Malaria is a fatal disease and requires a ...
May 24, 2016B