Mercury Column

Mercury Column – January 2018

Who could have predicted that 2017 would have been such a rollercoaster of a political year? Wildly changing opinion polls, an unexpected General Election, the emergence of fake news, Donald Trump’s tweets, ongoing Brexit negotiations.

Mercury Column – November 2017

A century ago today the battlefields of Europe were still ablaze with a bloody conflict that engulfed the whole world. Around the Belgian town of Ypres the brutal Battle of Passchendaele was still grinding onwards – an offensive that would see over half-a-million casualties on both sides.

Mercury Column – October 2017

It doesn’t seem possible that yet again I am writing my monthly Mercury column from my party’s annual political gathering, as we come to the end of another conference season.

Mercury Column – September 2017

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, I joined the crowds of both residents and visitors who came out to welcome the East Coast Truckers convoy as they travelled through Great Yarmouth.

Mercury Column – August 2017

The free movement of people is at the top of the political agenda both locally and nationally in two very different ways.

Mercury Column – July 2017

This is my first column since the General Election and I would like to use the opportunity to thank all those residents who put their trust in me to continue representing the constituency in Westminster.

Mercury Column – March 2017

It’s disappointing when politicians resort to petty political games and posturing rather than taking real action to tackle issues.

Mercury Column – February 2017

Many residents have contacted me following last week’s Supreme Court ruling that Parliament must vote before the Government invokes Article 50 to commence our exit negotiations from the European Union. They have asked how I intend to vote when this comes before MPs in the next few weeks.

Mercury Column – January 2017

My first Mercury column of 2017 gives an opportunity to look to the year ahead. I’ve written extensively about Europe over the last six months, and more vital stages of Brexit will occur this year, but perhaps I can concentrate this month on some very localised projects.

Mercury Column – December 2016

We have just had the Autumn Statement. Traditionally this Parliamentary occasion, required by law, set out forecasts for the British economy in the years’ ahead and outlined the Government’s spending plans. It was the Budget the following spring that set out tax plans.