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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Molehurst Women’s Club

Tonight, I went along to Molehurst Women’s Club to speak to their members. This local club, based in West Molesey, is part of the National Association of Women’s Clubs. They invited me to talk a little about my role as an MP (and now Minister), and also what I did before politics. We then had […]

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Walton Goose Faye & Heritage Day

Today, I joined Walton Goose Fayre and Walton Heritage Day for a wonderful celebration of the town. Local businesses and civic groups lined the river and Bridge Road (including Walton Rotary club, pictured below with Mike Brown and Rob Freeman). The Cobham Band were on fine form (as below), and there was a hog roast […]

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MP’s Pay Rise

As the Conservative candidate for Esher & Walton during the general election campaign, I made clear that I would not accept a pay rise for MPs, while salaries for the rest of the public sector remained frozen or capped at 1%. Now, re-elected as your MP, I will be true to my word. Every MP […]

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