It is reassuring that people are finally beginning see through the hostile anti-Conservative rhetoric and acknowledge that Conservatives are great advocates and the natural friends of the environment in all its forms.
The recent record confirms this. In the last few months this Conservative Government has banned the ivory trade, made CCTV mandatory in all slaughterhouses, banned microbeads, increased sentences for animal cruelty, banned harmful pesticides, taxed diesel cars and made a commitment to cut down on single-use plastics.
The UK was built on international trade and commerce and, as we leave the EU, we will re-embrace once again our historic tradition of trading with every corner of the globe. And I am constantly reminded that a key part of the future of Britain’s trade is with Africa.
Too often we view Africa mainly through the prism of foreign aid instead of as a continent with the potential to be equal partners in trade.
We’re midweek through Stoptober – an annual tradition where people try and abstain from smoking. Unfortunately, for too many people this monthly habit normally ends after a week, or going straight back to their old habit whilst packing away the Halloween decorations on 1st November.
Like many of those currently trying to stop I did so very intermittently: a week or so here or even for a month or two. But for some reason the temptation for nicotine always lingered as doggedly as the smell of tobacco clings to clothes.
I’ve known Theresa May well beyond my 13 years as a fellow Berkshire MP.
Her serious and sensible approach to politics and high office is matched by her honest and reasonable nature. Those who have dealt with also know that she is as decent as she is fearless in her approach to getting the job done. These are precisely the qualities we need to secure the best possible exit from the European Union.
One of the curious issues I noticed from the Remain campaign during the EU referendum was that their message about Britain’s potential future in the EU was starkly different from the one coming from Brussels itself.
The Remain campaign vociferously attacked any suggestion that the EU wanted to expand into the Balkans, create an EU Army, shift yet more power away from national governments or threaten the removal of our opt-outs.
Yet this was precisely the content of Jean-Claude Juncker’s state of the union speech yesterday that was greeted to rapturous applause. His points included: