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Question to the PM on SEND Funding

Yesterday I was able to ask a question the Prime Minister about SEND funding. I think it is key that we ensure our most vulnerable children and young people have access to the education and support they need to thrive.

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The political year has not ended well.

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Cast your mind back to the London Olympics: six years ago: a country at peace with itself, putting on one heck of show, celebrating athletic prowess in a generous British way.

Gary pledges his support for PM

I will be strongly supporting Theresa May in the leadership ballot today. A change of leader at this critical stage of our nation's affairs would be a self-indulgent absurdity.

Brexit Vote - Update

You will no doubt be aware that the vote due to take place on the Brexit deal in Parliament tomorrow been postponed.

I'm hoping to make the following speech in the House today:

In June 2016 I voted to Remain, but the people voted to leave. 

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Sometimes the large corporations that operate in our society get a good public kicking – often they deserve it, as when they find all manner of clever and legal ways to avoid paying their fair share of tax in the country in which they operate.

Local business urges MPs to back the PM's Brexit Deal

I am receiving many representations from local businesses urging me to back the Brexit deal. I set out below one such letter that is indicative of how strongly local businesses feel about this matter.

Dear Gary,

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Thank you to all 450+ of you who have e-mailed me about Brexit in the past 2 months. This means of course that roughly 99.3% have not contacted me, but I recognise that they expressed their view in the ballot box on June 2016. I intend to honour that decision. 

School Days

Last Friday I spent most of the day in three local schools.

First thing, I received my annual grilling from the Sixth Form at Ivybridge Community College. I'm always incredibly impressed by the breadth and depth of their questions - they certainly keep me on my toes.

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When I was first elected to parliament there were no mobile phones, no internet and no e-mails, no social media, no 24/7 rolling news media. Technology has changed and is changing the way we live.