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D&S column: becoming Chief Secretary to the Treasury

There are not many jobs where you can be ‘interviewed’ for the post at ten o’clock in the evening and then start work immediately afterwards.

That’s what happened to me last month at the end of a momentous day in Westminster which saw a new Prime Minister take office.

D&S column: how I secured up to £5m for Dales flood recovery

I was absolutely delighted to make the announcement last week of a comprehensive package of aid for the flood-hit communities in the Yorkshire Dales.

The process of securing the money – which totals around £5m – was not as straightforward as it might have appeared.

D&S column: a bright future for RAF Leeming

On the way back from one of my regular surgeries in Leyburn recently I called into RAF Leeming to have a chat with the new station commander Group Captain Blythe Crawford.

D&S column: sporting success and ambition

I know we are now well into the cricket season – and of course it is raining as I write this! – but football fans in Northallerton are currently on tenterhooks.