Parliamentary Pub Chef and Young Pub Chef of the Year award

David is looking to nominate a constituent for the Parliamentary Pub Chef/Young Pub Chef of the Year award. 

There will be a prize of £500 for the winner of each category. Nominations must be made by the 27th of October, in order to apply  please send the name of the chef, the pub they work for, the pubs address, telephone number and a reason why this chef deserves the award to David's email:


State Opening of Parliament

Yesterday saw the State Opening of Parliament and the delivery of the Queen's Speech, which outlines the Government's policy priorities and sets the programme for the new Parliament.

As the Lord Chancellor one of David's responsibilities was to carry the Queen's Speech in the Lord Chancellor's ceremonial purse and present it to Her Majesty.

The full transcript of the Queen's speech can be found here.




Lord Chancellor appointment

David said:

"I am pleased and honoured to have been appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. 

I look forward to working with the Lord Chief Justice and his fellow judges in the months ahead, to ensure that justice is fairly administered and robustly defended.

More information on the role of the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice can be found here."

David's comments on the Westminster attack

David said:

“There was an initial sense of shock and confusion, as nobody really had the full picture of what had happened. Reports were filtering through on social media, and one MP had said they had heard shots. The police were telling us all to get down. It was a horrific situation to be in.

“There was an immense show of solidarity – all party divisions were set aside. As time went on, some MP’s who have diabetes had to get some food, and also other MP’s who were needed for the COBRA meetings were ushered out with the police’s permission. There was a huge overwhelming sadness for Keith Palmer and his family, and the other victims of the days incidents.

"PC Palmer is quite well known, he is a regular at the House of Commons, not only on the front gate but he also did shifts at the police point at the rear entrance behind the speaker’s chair. He was a familiar face and will be missed.

“I can remember when I was first elected in 1992, we were all issued with telescopic mirrors to check for bombs under our cars. I imagine some older MP could remember the IRA campaigns in the 70s, 80s and early 90s and the situation was one they were sadly familiar with.

"It was bizarre, the chamber is usually such a flurry of activity and boisterousness, with MP’s bobbing up and down, it was strange to see them all quiet with MP’s putting their hands up like they were back in school.

“A far cry from normal proceedings.

“Unless the police had anything to say to the contrary, It was business as usual the following day. There was a very strong cross party consensus that these events were not going to block the normal democratic process.

“These people were not victorious, we went on as we always will. The atmosphere on Thursday was very emotional, with prayers followed by a minutes silence for those we have lost.

“Our Democratic process will go on, unbowed by these attacks.”

Political Studies Association's School's Short Video Competition

I thought you might be interested to see the below email that I received about a competition that the Political Studies Association (PSA) is holding for students:

"As part of our programme of activities to engage young people in politics, we hold an annual short film competition which is open to post-16 students who will be studying during the academic year 2016-17. 

This year’s competition is entitled: ‘Do you have to be Superman/Superwoman to be US President?’

A promotional poster can be found online here:

The competition continues to be popular and this year it is kindly sponsored by YouGov.  The winning team will receive their award at the PSA’s Annual Awards Ceremony in Westminster. On top of this, the winning students will each be invited to spend a week volunteering with and shadowing the YouGov political team during their school holidays."

Members of Parliament petitioning the Lords HS2 Select Committee

As you may know, Cheryl Gillan MP recently petitioned the Lords HS2 Select Committee on the issue of MPs ‘locus standi’ or the right to appear and petition the Committee on behalf of our constituents. You can view her presentation here:

Unfortunately we were not successful in this. It was always going to be a challenge to convince the Committee that MPs should be allowed to appear as the Committee process was never intended to work in this manner, or to deal with a project of the size and scope of HS2. Lord Walker, the Committee Chair, has said that he hopes that in future the rules governing the Committee process will be adapted to be more flexible, however with the current rules the Committee has decided against awarding MPs locus standi. You can see the decision here:

It is important to bear in mind that this does not mean that I will not be able to appear before the Committee as a witness to other petitioners and I intend to do this wherever possible. If you are petitioning the Committee and this is something that you would be interested in, please get in touch with my office on 020 7219 2514, or at