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APPG for the British Council Reception

Delighted to host the joint Christmas Reception of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the British Council and Modern Languages with Baroness Coussins.

Supporting Fanfair

In Parliament with musicians, people from the music industry and politicians supporting Fanfair - bringing together a wide cross-section of the music and creative community, to take a stand against profiteering in the secondary ticketing market.

Visit to Long Sutton Primary School

Always fabulous to meet primary schools and talk to such engaged kids. Here with Long Sutton Primary School - but have also met schools in Martock, Somerton and Huish in the past few weeks. The breadth of questions from young people like these is just fascinating....

Christmas visit to Frome sorting office

Thanks to Frome Sorting Office for making me so welcome and allowing me to have a crack at sorting the huge piles of Christmas post. They really do have a massive job on their hands at Christmas, and I don't just mean me. But what a terrific atmosphere - they clearly have the Christmas spirit.

Frome Business Lunch

Much enjoyed speaking at the immensely interesting business lunch in Frome set up by Barclays Bank and attended by a slew of local business people. We had businesses from gym equipment to musical instruments, nuclear safety to investment analysts.

Evercreech Christmas Dinner

Was lovely to attempt to entertain the good people of Evercreech as after-dinner speaker at their Christmas Dinner at the good old Bell Inn. One huge long table of joy, and that's me standing at the end. At least it was a table of joy until I started holding forth.

Levels Academy Trust Schools debating competition

Delighted to join Duncan Sinclair, Head of Taunton Prep School, and judge the Levels Academy Trust schools debating competition. It's truly incredible to see these young people stand up and speak in front of their schools, teachers and assorted bods like me.

Visiting Frome's TSB

Selfie with Rachel Hall, manager of Frome's TSB - Lovely to meet her and the team - thank you to them for making me so so welcome. It's a competitive environment for banks on the high street - especially with people taking selfies and distracting them from their work.