David is the latest guest on Political Thinking with Nick Robinson

David was the most recent guest on Political Thinking with Nick Robinson, a 45 minute podcast looking at politics at deeper level. David and Nick discussed his government role and the job of balancing competing priorities in politics. Nick Robinson was former Political Editor at the BBC and now BBC Radio 4 Today Programme presenter.

The full podcast can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07d4ssk?fbclid=IwAR01qx2TKKBH8EPgADIaR0hHaaD_uCvjUS82FuicmccumKwqXWd0JPGEIUc

Following the interview, David said:

“It was an absolute pleasure talking to Nick Robinson for the latest Political Thinking podcast! It was a refreshing change to be able to discuss politics and other subjects for 45 minutes with an informed journalist rather than the standard four or eight minute interview.”

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: david.lidington.mp@parliament.uk.

 

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:

https://www.psa.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2016%20Student%20Video%20Competition%20-%20Advert.pdf

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."