This is a historic opportunity, the type which this country too often foregoes through lack of self-confidence. If there is one thing I do not want to see, it is this House debating the issue of inter-city capacity in 10 years time because we averted our eyes from the strategic challenge now.
It was 24 October 1961 that old Etonian Tory Prime Minister Harold Macmillan faced Labour's leader Hugh Gaitskill across the dispatch box in the first session of Prime Minister's Questions.
The price of government is compromise, and whilst the short term impact of this position may be to make Nigel Farage's soap-box a little taller, sensible Conservatives everywhere must have patience, and wait for a stronger position from which to challenge the status quo.
Whether Fraser wins the leadership election or not, I hope that the Scottish Conservatives win back the faith of the electorate and are able to resist the destruction of the Union - because I am Scottish, and I am British, and I am equally proud to be both.
He pledged more free votes on matters of conscience and promised to re-empower the House of Commons in policy decisions, but David Cameron's given himself a headache that he must surely now be regretting.
When Macmillan Cancer Support was established a hundred years ago, if you got cancer you lost your income and quickly slipped into poverty. A century on, and as today's chief executive of the charity, incredibly fuel poverty remains one of biggest issues people diagnosed with cancer
So, CPI inflation in the UK has reached a record high of 5.2% since CPI data began, matching the previous record of September 2008. This is now the 22nd month in a row that the Bank of England has missed its target - and not just by a little amount.
The Fox affair yet again demonstrates the media's inability to ascertain what is, and what is not, a 'lobbying scandal'. It also demonstrates a peculiar and irritating habit of putting the lobbying industry in the frame rather than seeing when it is the lobbied - not the lobbyists - that need to pull their socks up.
A child born in Africa today will be eligible to vote by 2030. I hope, with the spread of stability and democracy, that they will be able to exercise that right. And I believe, with appropriate support externally, and enough political will internally, they will vote for a government which sets its own agenda, and delivers it from its own resources.
Here's an interesting fact for you one I imagine you may not be aware of. Average Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation between 1947 and the modern era, ...
It is difficult to think of any situation where upon being fired, an employee then considers themselves in line for a promotion. But just days after Liam Fox's forced resignation, Ladbrokes was already offering odds of 25-1 for him to be next Conservative leader.
Trafficking has no place in a modern society. Anti-Slavery Day is a chance to reflect on the plight of those who fall victim to this terrible crime and remind ourselves of the role we can all play in stopping it.
1807 is the date that is commemorated as the year in which Wilberforce's campaign to abolish slavery succeeded, with the passing of The Slave Trade Act 1807. But it was not until 1833 that the Abolition of Slavery Act was passed - Wilberforce died just three days after.
Soaring energy bills. Millions unable to properly heat their homes. A gaggle of profit-hungry energy giants ripping us off and making billions in profits. A Government unwilling to act to curb their power. It sounds like the plot of a science fiction movie.
It would appear we are not the only ones concerned about future disorder on the streets of Britain. ComRes released figures this week from a poll of MPs taken last month. The poll of some 151 MPs found over half of them believe that the events of August will not be unique in this parliament - a worrying statistic.
Nearly 16 years after the landmark Disability Discrimination Act gave hope to people with disabilities up and down the country, my disabled constituents still cannot travel to work, shop or see friends without risking indignity, humiliation and abuse.