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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.

Setting out what Brexit means

Many of my constituents have contacted me regarding what will happen as the Government starts negotiating Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. The Prime Minister made clear this week that the referendum vote last June was about something more than simply leaving the European Union.

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.

Mercury Column – November 2016

Brexit means Brexit! What on earth does that mean? That’s a fair question I have been asked numerous times over the summer. It is intended to convey that a clear and democratic decision had been made by the British people and this Government will implement that decision.

Mercury Column – October 2016

Have you ever watched television coverage of the House of Commons and wondered why some Members of Parliament are referred to as the Right Honourable… whilst others are just referred to as the Honourable member?

Mercury Column – September 2016

The Bank Holiday weekend may be over, and it’s time to go back to school or work after our summer breaks, but those working in our local tourism industry are still busy as they make the most of the tourist shoulder season. They will also be planning ahead for next year.