The Europe Question

Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced the date of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU) – which will be the 23rd June. I have decided after very careful consideration that that I will campaign for Britain to leave. I have taken this decision from conviction, and after a lot of thought. I have […]

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Walton Stroke Group

On Monday, I visited Walton Stroke Group, having been invited by their Vice Chairman, Max Jefford. Walton Stroke Group is a great local group which provides support and advice for those recovering from strokes and their carers. The group meets each week at Walton Day Centre, and they are hosted by centre manager Denise Viney. […]

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Transform

Today, on my various rounds locally, I caught up with Transform Chief Executive Paul Mitchell along with Surrey High Sheriff, Elizabeth Kennedy (pictured below). Transform is an innovative local charity that provides housing and support to some of the most vulnerable across our community (the Elmbridge branch is in Walton). I am a huge admirer of […]

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Catching Up with Councillors

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been buzzing around the constituency meeting with local councillors, keeping my ear to the ground. This week, I met four branches of the local Conservative Association, to discuss a range of important issues, from providing more school places to Crossrail 2. At a meeting with Walton South […]

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Hampton and Molesey Riverside Trust

Last week, I went to Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare to meet with the members of the Hampton and Molesey Riverside Trust (HMRT). The Trust is an organisation for, and made up of, those who live near the River Thames. It can be challenging for people who want to protect the river or have an interest […]

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In The Hot Seat

On Monday evening, I will be ‘In The Hot Seat’ for Conservative Voice at an event in Westminster, answering questions from grassroots members and giving some insight into my Ministerial brief. You can view a short video where I explain why I’m looking forward to the event here. If you’re interested in attending, you can find out […]

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Meeting with Local Businesses

Over the last week, I have been catching up with some local businesses. On Thursday evening, I visited Esher Business Guild to talk about government policies to help small businesses, including reducing red tape and the business rates review. We also talked about the current mix of businesses on Esher’s High Street, and how we […]

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Any Questions?

On Friday night, I joined the panel of BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? from Bath. Also on the panel were former MP Ann Widdecombe, former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and Labour’s Alison McGovern MP, and we had a lively discussion on range of topical political questions, which were posed by the audience. You can listen in via […]

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Flood Defences

On Friday I met up with local Councillors for Molesey, Steve Bax and Peter Szanto. Amongst other things, we talked about flood defences in Esher and Walton. Flooding has been fresh in our minds recently, with the terrible floods in Cumbria and across the North across Christmas, which left thousands of homes and businesses damaged. […]

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