West Molesey Sea Scouts

Last week, I visited the 1st Jaguar Sea Scouts Group in West Molesey. Liam Quinn, the Scout Leader, welcomed me and introduced me to the Scouts. I spoke to them about what an MP does, how Parliament works and what Government Ministers do. I then answered a range of questions from the very bright and […]

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Remembrance Sunday in Walton

Today, I joined the local community in Walton-on-Thames for Remembrance Sunday. We started off at the War Memorial, just off the high street, and Rev Jonny Blair led the service and tribute.  All the armed forces were represented, along with younger cadets, brownies and a throng of residents. I laid a wreath along with Embridge […]

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Question Time

Last night, I joined the panel of BBC’s Question Time from Southend-on-Sea along with Labour MP Yvette Cooper, Scottish MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, University of London academic Sarah Churchwell and Vice-President of Republicans Overseas Jan Halper-Hayes. The debate was inevitably dominated by the American election and Donald Trump and the question of what Britain’s response should […]

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NAS Cullum Centre at Hinchley Wood School

Last night, I was privileged to join a stellar cast to open the new National Autistic Society (NAS) Cullum Centre at Hinchley Wood School.  I went along to pay tribute to Headteacher Ben Bartlett, Mark Lever (Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society), Peter Cullum who funded the centre (along with his inspirational family), and […]

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Visit to Connections in Claygate

Today, I visited the Connections group at Holy Trinity Church in Claygate. Connections is a group for local elderly residents to meet fortnightly over coffee and cakes in a welcoming and friendly environment. Pippa Cramer, who is the chief coordinator of the group, and her fantastic team of volunteers put on a varied range of activities […]

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Public Meeting on Brexit

It was standing room only, last night, at Holy Trinity Church in Claygate, where I hosted an open public meeting on the state of play with Brexit. It was great to have such a lively crowd, of some three to four hundred, engaging on such an important issue. I explained how the UK economy had […]

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Expanding Heathrow: the Case For Elmbridge

This week, the government approved the expansion of a third runway at Heathrow airport. To be clear, this is the point of departure, not arrival. Parliament will now scrutinise the detail of the proposals carefully, and vote on the decision next year. Nevertheless, after years of uncertainty, the decision has been announced, I want to […]

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