Visiting Grovelands School

This morning, I visited Grovelands School in Walton-on-Thames. I sat down with Susan Foster, Chair of Governors, and Chris Hodges, the Interim Executive Headteacher, and Bethan Chadda, Deputy Headteacher. We discussed the school’s new interim leadership as well as their ambitions for the school’s future and how I can support them going forward. The school […]

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Remembrance Sunday in Esher

On Sunday, I joined the veterans, cadets, clergy and residents in Esher for Remembrance Sunday. The Esher branch of the Royal British Legion led a moving service, following by a 2-minute silence, and then I joined Cllr David Archer and Tim Oliver in laying a wreath at the War Memorial, pictured with me below (photo […]

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Funding for Local Community Projects in Elmbridge

The Aviva Community Fund awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories, from health and well-being to youth centre support. A number of local projects across Elmbridge have applied for funding and the winners are chosen from those that receive the most votes from the public. Each person […]

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Keeping Local Pupils Fit

I am delighted to see that primary schools in our constituency will together receive over £454,000 of extra funding for PE and sports this year. The money comes after the Department for Education’s decision to double the PE and Sports Premium from £160 million to £320 million, and is one aspect of a series of programmes […]

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Elmbridge SMEs Show Impressive Growth

A new report published today puts Elmbridge’s Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) amongst the UK’s most productive and fastest growing. The report, from innovation foundation NESTA and business support company SAGE, identified 8,470 SMEs in Elmbridge across 15 sectors, employing 36,892 people, with science and technology businesses coming out as the authority’s largest SME employers. […]

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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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