THIS year Remembrance Sunday parades and services were attended by record numbers of people across the country.

This seems so right in the context of the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the deaths of so many people serving our country in conflicts since then.

I went to Bere Regis in the morning and Wimborne Minster in the afternoon, for two very special services.

I was particularly pleased to join Bere Regis residents and their French guests from Cèrences.

Some years ago I was fascinated to hear about a project completed by Bere Regis scouts where they researched the backgrounds of all the people named on their war memorial and followed through with a visit to the battlefields. I continue to tell my fellow MPs from across the country about this excellent piece of work.

There have been stormy times in Parliament, with two private members bills not being able to proceed.

I am extremely upset that it now seems very unlikely that reform of the bedroom tax, to give more protection to vulnerable people, will happen in this Parliament.

On a more positive note the Modern Slavery Bill has completed its stages in the House of Commons and now proceeds to the Lords with the possibility of being made even better.

It is so important to tackle the evils of ‘people trafficking’.

Recently, I led a back bench business debate on the floor of the House on park homes. This was well attended, included some very passionate speeches and concluded with the minister promising to set up a special government committee to look at the serious problems still facing some park home owners.

I have been invited to be a member of this committee.

Last week I was very honoured to be at Buckingham Palace to attend my Privy Councillor ceremony with the Queen.