THE shocking killings in Paris have focused minds in Europe about the threats we face.

Here in the UK Parliament, we have introduced additional anti terrorism legislation, but there has been a tough debate on achieving the right balance between security and civil liberties.

As one MP said ‘freedoms take a long time to achieve but can be too easily lost’.

There has been much political debate on the NHS and there is no doubt about the pressures our health services across the whole country are facing.

Part of the problem is obviously the rising demand from factors including our aging population and the rise in numbers diagnosed with conditions such as diabetes.

New treatments and procedures are becoming available, which is great news.

Use of accident and emergency departments is just too great for their capacity and it can be difficult to get appointments at GP practices.

Here in Dorset an important review is taking place by the Clinical Commissioning Group.

Meanwhile, I thank our hard pressed health workers.

I am so pleased to hear that Julia’s House, our local children’s hospice in Corfe Mullen, has been classified as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.

My congratulations go out to everybody associated with this wonderful facility – the staff, the fundraisers and the supporters from across Dorset.

On a lighter note, I expect you will have all heard of the excellent Margaret Green Animal Rescue Centre, in Church Knowle.

Last July our family acquired Billy, a very lively kitten from there.

I have entered him in a national competition, to be Purr Minister, and he is in the final six.

Please vote for Billy! Go to Minister2015.