Walton Rotary Club

Last week, I joined the members of Walton Rotary Club, for an evening kindly hosted by their President Reg Mills, Bob Freeman and David Edney. It was my first opportunity to catch up with Walton Rotary since the election last year.   We talked about the measures outlined in the Chancellor’s recent Budget, which included […]

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MP’s Pay

I set out my position on MP’s pay here, back in September. I made clear I would give up anything over the annual 1% pay cap that applies to the rest of the public sector. That is what I have done, donating the extra pay to the Elmbridge Community Fund, a local fund that I […]

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RefuAid

Last month, I met with Jeannie Blizzard, Surraya Sumner and Tasmyn Brewster, local representatives of RefuAid, a charity that Tasmyn help set-up to provide medical assistance to refugee camps across Europe. We had an interesting discussion about the important work they do in providing aid, equipment and volunteers to those in need. To date, the […]

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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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Elmbridge Community Fund comes to Parliament

Last Thursday, I hosted an event at the House of Commons to spread awareness of the Elmbridge Community Fund, a local fund designed to raise funds to provide grants to help local groups and charities supporting pockets of social need in Elmbridge. We were joined by local panelists – including Chair Richard Waller, Wendy Varcoe […]

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Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets

Last night, I popped in on TS Black Swan, headquarters of Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets. Commanding Officer, John Kelly, and Chair of Trustees, Gail Cramp, introduced me to their local team, gave me an update on the cadets’ latest and upcoming activities, and briefed me on the refurbishment since last year’s floods, which created […]

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Healthwatch Surrey

Today, I met up with Kate Scribbens (new Chief Executive of Healthwatch Surrey), and Matthew Parris (Evidence and Insights Manager). Healthwatch Surrey was set up to give patients a voice in local policy-making. At our meeting, we discussed a recent Healthwatch Surrey survey on patients views around the sharing of records – and the balance of […]

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Bake Off in Thames Ditton

On Friday, I popped in on Venson Automotive Solutions, where employee Steve Wall had organised an in-house ‘bake-off’ competition to raise money for Children in Need. As pictured below, I joined MD Samantha Roff and Sharon Evans (from the Lime Tree Cafe) to judge the finalists – which, yes, did involve extensive sampling! Christina (far […]

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