Over the past few days, I have been inundated with messages of goodwill following the tragic and needless death of Sir David Amess in Southend on Friday. Whilst our immediate thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and constituents, I wanted to pay my own tribute to this most extraordinary of Parliamentarians and provide a quick personal reflection on this terrible event.
James Sunderland met with Macmillan Cancer Nurse Specialists at Conservative Party Conference, which took place last week. Macmillan were there promoting their new nursing campaign, which aims to double the number of cancer nurses by 2030.
James Sunderland shares his personal thoughts in relation to baby loss and IVF and calls for more investment in specialist neonatal care, paediatric units, midwives and consultants. He also urges better support from employers for both parents and families facing bereavement, the agony of miscarriage and the tough IVF journey.
Following the Government statement on the Ajax armoured vehicle procurement programme and the need to resolve noise and vibration problems, James Sunderland seeks an indication from the Minister when the vehicles will declare Initial Operating Capability (IOC) - the minimum requirement for them to be deployed for use.
I write this on the train as I head into Westminster. Now that the dust has settled after the evacuation of British nationals and entitled personnel from Afghanistan, I wanted to provide some form of perspective as someone who has spent much of his working life dealing with that troubled country and to commend those from the FCDO and MOD for their hard work.
I write this on the early morning train into Westminster. Even at this ungodly hour, I am surprised by how many more people appear to be commuting into London, how much busier the trains are and the efforts that everyone is consciously making to ensure social distancing throughout the carriage.