Britain and Australia share so much: A language, a head of state, and a system of common law. Our soldiers have fought and died on the battlefields of Europe in defence of liberty, democracy and the equal protection of every citizen under the law.
Last Wednesday was the 216th anniversary of the birth of one of my heroes, Richard Cobden, a key figure in the fight against the Corn Laws in the 1840s and one of the forefathers of the free trade movement in this country.
Scottish Agricultural exports are among the best – my Scottish colleagues would say the best – in the world. Despite representing a Norfolk constituency, we can all agree that there is nothing better than Scottish beef or lamb to complete the perfect meal.
As a child growing up in the Eighties, with the first female prime minister leading our nation, I always assumed women could do anything men could do. It never crossed my mind that being a girl would hold me back. I wasn’t aware of the fight it had been to get there.