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Apart from the passionate few, I realise that you are all fed up with hearing about Brexit. But as it is going to impact all of our lives, I would be failing in my duties if I did not provide occasional updates.

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A young constituent came to see me at a surgery last week to share with me her experience on the International Citizen Service (ICS) - a UK government funded programme that brings together young people to make a difference in some of the poorest countries across the world. 

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At a recent conference with regional business leaders I explored what they want the government to do for us. The answer was 3 things: infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure. I agree and here follows a progress report.

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What is the biggest issue facing us, I asked several people last weekend. Everyone over 50 made reference to Brexit and immigration. All those under 40 said the same thing: housing. The need to build more houses for our children and grandchildren.

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Remembrance weekend is always a poignant time. We remember those men and women who have given their lives in defence of our nation and also those who are still serving on our behalf, both here and around the world.

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The current sexual harassment story is the third scandal of this type I have experienced at Westminster since 1992. It will pass but only if we do the right things.

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As many of you will have spotted, I have copped some flak from two local community groups over my opposition to the recent Princes Foundation request to the Secretary of State to intervene in the decision by South Hams District Council to grant flexibility to the developers of Sherford in relatio

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First the good news. In my time at Westminster this is one of the first defence reviews taking place in the context of an increasing defence budget. The commitment by the Conservative government to increase defence spending by at least one billion pounds per annum is very welcome.

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Our region is the very definition of disparate. Beautiful, enchanting, stunning but hopelessly incoherent.

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The House of Commons resumed this week after our three week conference recess, with a sense of “let’s just get on with it.” There has been a lot of press talk over the summer about leadership challenges and early elections, most of it pure speculation.