Using Technology to Drive Court Reform

I have written a column for the Daily Telegraph, explaining the court reform program I am leading on at the Ministry of Justice. Using technology, we are driving change that will make the justice system more sensitive to victims and witnesses and more effective, while delivering better value for taxpayers’ money. It is part of […]

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‘It’s Not Your Birthday But…’

Last week, I met with Wendy Smithers, who runs a Community Interest Company (CIC) called ‘It’s Not Your Birthday But’ (INYBB). INYBB is a pilot initiative based in Elmbridge aiming to get more of us writing, reading and sending letters and postcards. In particular, it works to connect the most isolated and vulnerable people in […]

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Walton Rotary Club

Last night, I addressed Walton Rotary Club at Burhill Golf Club. Introduced by their President, Elza Hollands (pictured below), I spoke a little about the General Election Campaign, then moving on to talk about my plans to improve rail services, local clinics in the community, and school expansion. I then addressed the enduring strength of […]

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Elmbridge Community Fund

In January 2015, I helped to launch the Elmbridge Community Fund (ECF). The ECF works in partnership with a range of local community and voluntary groups in Elmbridge, including those working with isolated older people, those affected by long-term illnesses and disabilities, and young people living in poverty and disadvantage. The ECF award grants to […]

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Strengthening Local Rail Services

On Thursday, I met with Becky Lumlock, Route Managing Director for the Wessex route at Network Rail. We discussed the 3-phase strategy for easing overcrowding and delivering better rail services for passengers. First, improvement works are due to take place at London Waterloo from 5 to 28 August. This will have an impact on the […]

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Building Up Local Health Services

On Friday, I visited Dr Jill Evans, the East Elmbridge lead for our local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) (pictured, below) at Esher Green GP surgery. Jill talked me through some of the recent developments in the community. Two real positives stood out. Seven of our local GP practices have piloted a paediatric clinic at […]

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Local Schools Going Places

Today, I caught up with Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Schools, Mary Lewis (pictured immediately below), to talk through the plans for new schools and expansions acros the borough. We talked through progress with delivering our two new local free schools, Cobham Free School and Walton Heathside, as well as progress with the expansion […]

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A Dragon in Esher

On Friday, Dragon’s Den’s Star and retail giant Theo Paphitis came to talk to my local business club, Connect. Connect is a local group of business men and women interested in networking and politics. We arrange quarterly breakfast meetings, where I give an update on a burning political issue, and we hear from a guest speaker […]

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Morning Star Charity

On Friday night, I went to a fund-raising evening hosted at the American School in Cobham, and organised by Bill Muddyman and Linda Gardiner. The event was arranged to raise money for the Morning Star charity in South Africa, which is a day care centre for under-privileged children afflicted by HIV. Bill and Linda organised […]

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Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets

The Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets, who I visited in November 2015 (blogged here), are holding a fundraising appeal to raise money for a new, modernised building at their site in Shepperton. The current building is old, damp and small. It has not been repaired since a flood in 2014. The Cadets have produced a […]

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