Reinforcing the Rule of Law after Brexit

Today I gave a speech at the Policy Exchange think-tank on the release of law firm Linklaters’ new report “Everyone has a Part to Play: Improving the UK’s Competitiveness post-Brexit by Enhancing the Rule of Law”. I thanked Linklaters for their work on the report, which examines the opportunities of Brexit for the legal sector. […]

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Small Business Saturday – in Claygate

This morning, I was down at Claygate parade supporting local small businesses for Small Business Saturday. We started off at Trew Art gallery, with June and Leslie (immediately below) who have a fabulous range of great new work on display, and always offer the warmest of welcomes. Then, we visited Nathan’s Bakery – where I […]

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Connect Breakfast

This morning, I was up early for an ‘In Conversation’ style breakfast event with my local business group, Connect. Mike Cumper, who chairs Connect, led the proceedings, and we had good discussions on Brexit, student debt and the need for the Conservatives to appeal to younger voters. In light of last week’s Budget, we also […]

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Local Assurances on Heathrow Expansion

Today, as the local constituency MP for Esher & Walton, I met with Transport Minister Baroness Sugg to discuss Heathrow expansion. In the meeting, I registered local concerns that have been raised with me about noise levels, air quality and future congestion, and I was grateful for an update on the recently published Heathrow Expansion […]

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Wellden Turnbull Budget Seminar

I was delighted to attend the annual Wellden Turnbull post-budget seminar in Cobham this afternoon. I gave a presentation on the state of the UK economy and key budget measures. In particular, I talked to the group of local businesses and professionals on the proposals for £80 billion tech investment over the next 10 years, […]

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My Commitment to the Elmbridge Community Fund

At the 2015 election, I made clear I would not accept the MP’s pay rise, so long as a 1% pay cap applied right across the rest of the public sector. Earlier this year, pay awards for police and prison officers were agreed over 1%. In Wednesday’s Budget, the Chancellor released a further statement, here, which […]

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Magnitsky Awards

Last week, I was honoured to attend the Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Awards in London, where I was presented with the Political Campaigner Award. Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian lawyer who was tortured and murdered in 2009, whilst in state detention, for disclosing the biggest tax fraud in Russian history. Last year, as a backbench […]

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