Neighbourhood Food Collection

Earlier this month, I dropped in to check out the annual Neighbourhood Food Collection at Tesco, in West Molesey. The event is a collective partnership between Tesco, the Trussell Trust and FareShare and is part of an ongoing effort to encourage customers to donate long-life food to charity to help those most in need. Since […]

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Understanding the Threat from Cyber Attacks

One of the areas I have become increasingly interested in is cyber-security. It has profound implications for the future, including strategic threats from governments like the Russian and Chinese as well as the integrity of modern businesses, particularly those with a strong IT dimension. I used to advise on this policy issue, before becoming an […]

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Capitalism for the Little Guy

Today I published a paper with the Free Enterprise Group called ‘Capitalism for the Little Guy — JAMs today’, published by the Institute for Economic Affairs. The paper looks at four markets that we all use everyday, but which are gummed up, and are failing consumers. I lay out some proposals to boost competition, and […]

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Visit to Esher College

Last Friday, I talked to politics students at Esher College about my role as MP, what it is like to be a government minister and the direction of travel on Brexit. I then answered questions from the enthusiastic students on why I wanted to become an MP, legislation around unions and the refugee situation in […]

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Christmas Post

This morning, I had an early start visiting the Royal Mail East and West Molesey delivery office to see first-hand the operation of delivering Christmas post. Juan Alonso, the delivery office manager, showed me around the depot. I chatted to staff about the pressures of delivering Christmas cards and parcels at their busiest time of […]

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Oxshott and Cobham Music Society

Last Friday, I met with the Oxshott and Cobham Music Society. They are an impressive but also very friendly group, chaired by Chris Mapleton. They organise regular concerts with high level musicians as well as talks and meetings to allow people to enjoy music locally in Elmbridge. The society also offer young people the opportunity […]

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Visit to Cranmere School

On Friday, I visited Cranmere School in Esher. I was given a tour of the newly extended school, which includes a spacious play area and a brand new IT suite where the pupils are learning computer programming and coding. I then spoke to the School Council for 30 minutes and took questions about the role […]

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Small Business Saturday

This morning, I took a stroll along Claygate Village Parade with John Walker (from the Federation of Small Businesses), to support and hear from local retailers. I discussed a range of issues, including online retail competition, local parking (which has got better, and is helping footfall), business rates, local commercial rents and VAT. Claygate Parade […]

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