This time last year the Prime Minister promised us an "oven-ready" Brexit deal. Instead, we're now looking at the failure of a No Deal Brexit. 

This is wholly irresponsible. 

Failure to secure a good trade deal with the European Union will mean higher tariffs on foods and exports, and so higher prices for businesses and consumers. I'll keep pressing against this and keep you updated. 

Also this week the Public Accounts Committee called out the Government on yet another housing failure in our report on the Starter Homes programme. The Ministry of Housing is at risk of losing its right to the name. Read our report here

On Monday I also challenged officials from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on the Government's progress in responding to our stringent recommendations on the cladding scandal. Too many homeowners are still trapped in homes with unsafe cladding. Read a transcript of the hearing here

And finally, good news this week as the first vaccines against COVID-19 were administered. I encourage everyone to have the vaccine; it is the best way of protecting ourselves and our loved ones against this virus. It's what I will be doing myself.