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Ethiopia's 27th National Day

I was delighted to speak at a celebration of Ethiopia's 27th National Day. This has been a time of great change for Ethiopia, with the appointment of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his plans for political reform.

Westminster Africa Business Group

With the High Commissioner of Zambia at a business meeting I organised on behalf of the Westminster Africa Business Group, which I chair, discussing opportunities for British businesses.

FOBT stakes

Outside Parliament supporting High Street employees in bookmakers' shops whose jobs are at risk from a massive cut in FOBT stakes. My registered interests in the industry give me an insight into the risks of this policy which anti-FOBT campaigners are unaware of.

Christian Aid week

I'm pleased to be supporting #caweek this year. We #StandTogehter with Christian Aid to help those forced to leave their homes through conflict and natural disasters.

Eggs, Pigs & Poultry Industries

Not a great photo, but I went along to support the Eggs, Pigs & Poultry industries at their breakfast meeting this morning.

Supporting Greatwood Charity

With my Assistant, Katie, at Newbury racecourse supporting Greatwood charity. This excellent charity brings disadvantaged youngsters together with retired racehorses.

Small businesses

At Treasury Questions I asked the government to consider taking steps to reduce the administrative burden of tax compliance on small businesses. The FSB estimates that the average small business loses three working weeks a year to tax compliance.

Health care services

With the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, discussing health services in Gloucestershire and the £39.5n extra money which the government is providing for our two main hospitals, which I am very pleased to welcome.

Missing Link

I have made a submission to Highways England in support of the Option 30 solution to the Missing Link problem, believing it offers the best way forward in reducing the congestion and accident rate on these roads. The consultation ends on 29th March.