Mundays LLP Real Estate Forum

Today, I gave a speech at Mundays Law Firm’s ‘Real Estate Forum’ in Cobham. The audience was made up of local businesses connected to the real estate sector and it was a useful opportunity to speak with local industry professionals and discuss common issues. I spoke about business rates, stamp duty and national insurance and […]

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Hersham Youth Centre

Last night, I visited Hersham Youth Centre. I gave a short talk on my role as a MP and Minister and then chatted to the youngsters, asking them what changes they would make if they had the chance. My thanks to Warren Ayres and Chris Beck from Hersham Youth Centre who organise a range of […]

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Barclays Business Breakfast

This morning, I attended a business breakfast roundtable discussion which was sponsored by Barclays Bank. The aim of the breakfast was for local small businesses to introduce themselves and discuss their biggest opportunities and challenges. I then responded to each business individually, and took questions on the budget, planning regulations, business rates, HMRC and Brexit. […]

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The Medicine Garden Launch

Last night, I went along to the opening of the Medicine Garden restaurant in Cobham, hosted by owner Paul Studholme (pictured with me below). Paul and his team put on a delicious showcase of locally-sourced food and drink. The new restaurant serves breakfast and lunch in a beautiful walled garden setting. You can read more […]

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Esher Friendship Centre

Today, I visited Esher Friendship Centre. The group, coordinated by Frank and Gill Smith, is a social forum for retired people to meet like-minded local residents and make friends in the area. The group meets every month at Claygate Church and run a varied programme of weekly events including walks, quizzes, lunches and visiting places […]

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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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