My alternative plan to Chequers

There are only 28 weeks left before we leave the European Union (EU). In all of my conversations with MPs since I published my plan for a Better Brexit, this fact has been uppermost in everyone’s mind.


This autumn Britain faces a terrible choice: between the humiliation of a deal dictated by Brussels; and the chaos of crashing out of the EU next March with no deal. But it is not too late to change course.

Today I am publishing my plan for a Better Brexit.

Grantham A&E - 2 years on

It is two years since I received an urgent phone call from the Chief Executive of United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust (ULHT) telling me of the decision to close Grantham A & E at night because of staff shortages elsewhere in the trust.

The Chequers Agreement

When more than 17 million people voted to leave the European Union, they did not all share the same expectation about where we would end up when we left.

NHS 70

This week the NHS turned 70. There have been celebrations across the country. Theresa May’s announcement that the government will increase the annual funding of the NHS by 3.4% a year (so it is £20 billion a year higher in 2023) means that the NHS can look to the future with optimism.

We don’t celebrate England, and being English, enough

We don’t celebrate England, and being English, enough.  The Scottish aren’t embarrassed about their nation, or their flag. Far from it. You can’t move in Edinburgh or Glasgow without seeing a blue and white saltire flapping in the wind.

Fly the St George’s Cross Petition

The Government should arrange for government departments and agencies in England to fly the St George’s Cross (on its own or alongside the Union flag) on public buildings from 1 July 2018 until the end of England’s participation in the World Cup and invite other public institutions to do the same

EU Withdrawal Bill

My colleague Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester put it best in a tweet he sent yesterday morning: “Thank you to constituents who’ve contacted me to demand that I: stop Brexit, deliver Brexit tomorrow, stage a 2nd referendum, not betray Brexit, support every Lords amendment, get rid of the Lords, b