Esher High School U16 Campaign

On Friday, I met with pupils from Esher High School to discuss their campaign to lower the voting age to 16. Saher and Lauren (pictured below) gave a great presentation, powerfully and eloquently making their case. I remain to be convinced that lowering the voting age is the right thing to do, mainly because I […]

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Business Breakfast in Walton

This morning, I attended the Walton on Thames Trading Alliance (WoTTA) ‘Big Breakfast’ event and gave a short speech about ‘Local Opportunities, National Challenges’. I welcomed the amazing initiative of Joanna Gordon and her WoTTA team, including most recently helping to organise Walton Heritage Day. We discussed key local business issues, especially the local impact […]

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Home of Compassion

On Friday, I visited Home of Compassion care home in Thames Ditton. I chatted to residents over a cup of tea and a piece of cake, and listened to some of their stories and experiences. I talked about my job as an MP and my new responsibilities as Justice Minister in charge of courts and […]

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Cobham & Walton Heritage Day

On Saturday, I joined Cobham Heritage Day in the morning. With Simon Lewis and Jackie Lodge, I manned a stall advertising the Elmbridge Community Fund (ECF) – inviting people to score a goal to win a football. We were delighted that the High Sheriff of Surrey Robert Napier came and tried his luck, along with […]

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Surrey Clubs for Young People

Last night, I attended the Surrey Clubs for Young People (SCYP) 70th anniversary celebrations at the Houses of Parliament. The event was put on to celebrate the fantastic work that SCYP does, and to recognise the clubs that are core to the charity’s work. The reception was well-attended by key representatives from a number of […]

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Claygate’s Green Fingers

On Friday evening, I joined the Claygate Gardening Society for their second ‘Bring What You’ve Grown’ event. The event proved to be so popular last year, so it was brought back for a second year. I had an interesting time reviewing all the wonderful exhibits, including the ‘funny shaped vegetable’ category (pictured below) and chatting […]

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‘It’s Not Your Birthday But…’

Last week, I met with Wendy Smithers, who runs a Community Interest Company (CIC) called ‘It’s Not Your Birthday But’ (INYBB). INYBB is a pilot initiative based in Elmbridge aiming to get more of us writing, reading and sending letters and postcards. In particular, it works to connect the most isolated and vulnerable people in […]

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Walton Rotary Club

Last night, I addressed Walton Rotary Club at Burhill Golf Club. Introduced by their President, Elza Hollands (pictured below), I spoke a little about the General Election Campaign, then moving on to talk about my plans to improve rail services, local clinics in the community, and school expansion. I then addressed the enduring strength of […]

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Elmbridge Community Fund

In January 2015, I helped to launch the Elmbridge Community Fund (ECF). The ECF works in partnership with a range of local community and voluntary groups in Elmbridge, including those working with isolated older people, those affected by long-term illnesses and disabilities, and young people living in poverty and disadvantage. The ECF award grants to […]

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Building Up Local Health Services

On Friday, I visited Dr Jill Evans, the East Elmbridge lead for our local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) (pictured, below) at Esher Green GP surgery. Jill talked me through some of the recent developments in the community. Two real positives stood out. Seven of our local GP practices have piloted a paediatric clinic at […]

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