D&S column: being held to account in Parliament

When American politicians come to pay us a visit in Parliament, there are two lines you can be sure will be in their speech. One is a Winston Churchill quote, the other is how relieved they are that they won’t ever have to face Prime Minister’s Questions.

D&S column: pre-school excellence at Osmotherley

I found the huge bin of old-style milk bottle tops quite irresistible and I plunged my hand deep into the silvery pile of crinkly foil.

It made a very satisfying noise and reminded me of the days when everybody had milk delivered to their doorsteps in glass bottles with tops like this.

D&S column: four months at the Minister's desk

IT is just over four months since I sat in the famous Cabinet Room in Number 10 Downing Street and was invited to serve in Her Majesty’s Government by the Prime Minister.

D&S column: I've been spending time in the pub

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the pub lately.

I should perhaps clarify that this has all been strictly work-related activity! It is part of my efforts to get the fullest understanding of this vital industry so that I can do all I can to support it in Westminster.

D&S column: a fantastic Tour de Yorkshire and my Any Questions debut

I recently made my debut on BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions panel discussion.

For those not familiar with the long-running programme, it’s the radio equivalent of television’s Question Time, the Thursday night political discussion show chaired by David Dimbleby.