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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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This week, the Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson MP, made the announcement for that all of the new Type 26 Frigates will be based at Devonport when they come into service. I had the privilege of joining the Secretary of State onboard HMS Montrose as he made the announcement on Mond

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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.

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Two Fridays ago I went down to the jobcentre. Not because I fear a snap general election and losing my job, although given the febrile state of global politics – who knows?