National Citizen Service

On Tuesday, I joined a group of young people taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS), at the invitation of area manager Danielle Ellis. The NCS is a summer scheme which brings together 16 and 17 year olds from across Surrey, to complete a series of personal and team challenges and help make a […]

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Carer Support Elmbridge

Last Friday, I visited Carer Support Elmbridge, a local charity based in Walton that supports unpaid carers who look after their loved ones. I met development worker Jenny Pearman, support and advocacy worker Yvonne Clarke, and the Chair of Trustees, Christine Hayden (pictured with me above). Carer Support Elmbridge undertake incredibly important work to support […]

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Streets Apart Project

Today, away from the noisy leadership contest dominating Westminster, I got stuck into a range of important local issues. I joined the Elmbridge Community Fund for their latest panel meeting, looking at our efforts to raise a community endowment to support local neighbourhoods or projects in need. I visited Surrey County Council to talk through […]

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Claygate Village WI

Last week, I joined a meeting of the Claygate Village WI, at the invitation of their president Pat Whiffin, at the village hall. Claygate Village WI have an important role in the local community, organising activities from bridge to bowls, and regular outings. Their interests span from Morris dancing, to supporting Chelsea pensioners, and preserving […]

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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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