Why did the forecasters get it wrong?

Today, I’ve written a column for The Daily Telegraph after the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development became the latest organisation to U-turn on its predictions of a post-referendum economic shock. The OECD now says that the UK will grow faster in 2016 than any other advanced economy in the world. Why did the forecasters […]

Read More

Weekend Politics

This weekend, I appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster alongside Catherine Barnard, Professor of EU Law at Cambridge University, discussing the High Court Brexit case. You can listen here, from 16 minutes in. On Sunday, I joined the so-called ‘Croissant Corner’ on ITV’s Peston on Sunday to discuss Brexit, the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and […]

Read More

Visit to Danes Hill School

On Friday, I visited Danes Hill School in Oxshott. I had a chat with the Headteacher, Mr Murdock, and then spoke to the School Council, which is made up of 30 boys and girls between the ages of 11-13. I explained the three key roles of being an MP – helping individual people when they […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More