Despite the Conservatives’ loss of overall control, the results don’t make optimistic reading for either Labour or the Lib Dems.
In my case, the contraband was books – taken into then communist Czechoslovakia through a network linked to the charity Aid to the Church in Need.
We need to ensure we are attracting those who can deliver effective and efficient services to our local communities.
They have sniffed below that beguiling surface a constitutional truffle of the kind they love to expose.
There is further to go – but we can be proud of what the Foreign Secretary has already delivered.
Never again must the doors of our nation’s churches close for fifteen weeks straight. Religion is more than ritual – it is life itself.
We need the broad range of powers the US adopted after the death of the Russian tax lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
Improvements for tourism, the environment and road works … and we’re proposing to go big on beach huts.
Here on the Isle of Wight, in essence one week will be taken off the end of the summer holidays and added on to the autumn half term to give a two week break.
Its reputation and market share has taken a buffeting recently, but its position is recoverable.
A highways partnership deal has resulted in fewer potholes, new street lighting – and saved a million pounds a year.
Crowdsourcing our manifesto gave us control of the Council – and saw our parliamentary candidate returned successfully to Westminster with a thumping majority.
The way it is behaving on the Isle of Wight is crass – and risks further damage to education outcomes.
Careers in the profession could be closed to people of faith if the General Pharmaceutical Council gets it way.