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Westminster Diary 15th December 2014

Iraq and Jordan
I spent last week in Iraq and Jordan with the Defence Select Committee. Our job is to monitor the actions of the Ministry of Defence. The greatest priority at the moment is the fight against ISIS in Iraq. The Committee is doing an inquiry into how effective UK forces are as part of the international coalition. The Committee divided in two with half going to Kurdish areas in northern Iraq and my half visiting Baghdad. We then joined up for 24 hours in Jordan ...


There are over 18 million Accident and Emergency admissions every year and this has increased by over 1 million a year compared with 2010. So what is happening? Are there a million more people falling over or injuring themselves every year? Are we getting sicker at an alarming rate? No. The increase which is putting such a burden on our NHS is through a combination of factors...

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