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.

D&S column: saluting our volunteer rescue heroes

IMAGINE a glorious early spring day in the Dales, ideal for a brisk walk to blow away the cobwebs of a hard winter.

You set out with the appropriate clothing, map, compass and mobile phone, having let a loved one know where you are heading and roughly how long you will be.

D&S column: small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy

Before I became an MP I worked with businesses and my job was to help them grow.

Often these were small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In many cases they were little more than a good idea which just needed the right conditions to become something great.

D&S column: engineering excellence in North Yorkshire

BEFORE entering Parliament I was lucky enough to spend time studying in California’s Silicon Valley and then running an investment business. 

Home to some of the world's most advanced and valuable companies, it is an incredible place to work.