Crispin Blunt becomes new Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman

Crispin Blunt MP has been announced today by the Speaker as the new Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, winning the election in the secret ballot open to all Members of Parliament. He will be taking over from Sir Richard Ottaway who retired from Parliament at the last election.

MPs demand fair consideration by Government of Airports Commission Report

With the Airports Commission due to report, members of the Gatwick Coordination Group (GCG) have written to the Cabinet Secretary. They are seeking assurances that Ministers with a constituency interest in the decision on an additional UK runway will not be involved in the Government’s deliberations on the Commission’s recommendation.

Reliability of Gatwick data challenged by MPs

·         Gatwick data is “completely unreliable” say Gatwick MPs.·         Response follows closure of Airports Commission Air Quality consultation.·         Air Quality assessment confirms that Gatwick expansion the worst for NOx emissions.

Crispin Blunt continues campaign for fairness for rail users

Crispin Blunt MP will meet the Rail Minister, Claire Perry MP, on Tuesday 26th May to keep up the pressure on the Government to take action for commuters affected by the deteriorated train services from stations in the Reigate constituency. He will meet the Minister together with other MPs whose constituents are also affected by the problems on the Brighton Main Line.

Crispin Blunt signs open letter to Gatwick Chairman blasting Gatwick leaflet stunt

Crispin Blunt has co-signed an open letter to Gatwick Airport Chairman, Sir Roy McNulty, following revelations that Gatwick Airport is sending provocative leaflets to 400,000 households in constituencies around Heathrow. Whilst Gatwick is failing to engage with local communities around its own airport, with this leaflet, they are seeking to frighten residents around Heathrow. It ignores the considerable local and national benefits of Heathrow expansion and escalates Gatwick's negative and unbalanced campaign against Heathrow.

Boris Johnson - Well, folks, this is it, then.

Well, folks, this is it, then. Monday is the day that the royal hands are kissed (not, I think, literally). The bomb-proof prime ministerial Jag will zoom back down the Mall and across the country thousands of relentlessly jovial parliamentary candidates – including your correspondent – will descend on the shell-shocked electorate in what they are all calling the most nail-biting, cliff-hanging, knife-edging photofinish of a campaign: the closest election of modern times.