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This year will be the 25th year I have stood on the Hoe to commemorate the sacrifice of our armed forces from the two world wars of the last century. Does it become routine, after all of those years, just another duty? Not at all, if anything more poignant the older I get. 

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I have listened to 26 budgets now, sitting in the chamber, trying to make sense of it all. I remember Norman Lamont’s budget in the early 1990’s, cheered to the echo. Some of us left the chamber wondering what does VAT on fuel actually mean. Within an hour the sky had fallen in our heads!

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Plympton St. Maurice is one of the jewels in the South West Devon constituency crown. Fore Street and George Lane in particular contain many historic houses, together with the imposing St.

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I attended an event in my constituency last Thursday which was of supreme significance, and the culmination of long held dreams and aspirations. . It was the opening of the Thales UK Maritime Autonomy Centre at Turnchapel. 

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The announcement on Monday that the new generation of frigates – Type 26’s – will all be base-ported at HM Naval Base Devonport is very significant. Not many years ago there were serious doubts over the future of our naval base, but that has all been swept away.

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Many of us can remember the PM’s speech at the 2017 Conservative Party conference: she lost her voice and the letters fell off the screen behind her. It was not her finest hour and it created a wobble in her support at Westminster.

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Conference season is in full swing once again.

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I respect the Archbishop of Canterbury very much and usually agree with his pronouncements. He has had a proper job in the oil industry before receiving the call into Christian ministry which took him rapidly to his senior position. A very good man. 

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It has been a difficult year for local farmers. The very long dry spell, almost of drought proportions, meant that the grass simply did not grow.

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The summer recess is over and Parliament has resumed, although only for two weeks, following which we will adjourn for the conference season. When we get back in October we will finally have to make a decision on Brexit. Yikes! More on that thorny subject in the weeks ahead.