Cobham Players Aladdin Panto

On Saturday, I took the family to see Cobham Players’ pantomime production of Aladdin at Cobham Village Hall. This year’s pantomime had special significance as it marks 70 years since Cobham Players was formed. Aladdin was the group’s first pantomime in 1948 and in attendance was Mary Worsfold who played the Princess in the original […]

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Supporting Local Convenience Stores

Today, I visited Vic Grewal who runs the franchise for Budgens convenience store, in Thames Ditton, with Ed Woodall from the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS). Vic runs a great local shop in the heart of Thames Ditton, and the Post Office counter has increased footfall significantly. Vic, Ed and I had a cup of […]

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Small Business Saturday – in Claygate

This morning, I was down at Claygate parade supporting local small businesses for Small Business Saturday. We started off at Trew Art gallery, with June and Leslie (immediately below) who have a fabulous range of great new work on display, and always offer the warmest of welcomes. Then, we visited Nathan’s Bakery – where I […]

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Connect Breakfast

This morning, I was up early for an ‘In Conversation’ style breakfast event with my local business group, Connect. Mike Cumper, who chairs Connect, led the proceedings, and we had good discussions on Brexit, student debt and the need for the Conservatives to appeal to younger voters. In light of last week’s Budget, we also […]

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Local Assurances on Heathrow Expansion

Today, as the local constituency MP for Esher & Walton, I met with Transport Minister Baroness Sugg to discuss Heathrow expansion. In the meeting, I registered local concerns that have been raised with me about noise levels, air quality and future congestion, and I was grateful for an update on the recently published Heathrow Expansion […]

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My Commitment to the Elmbridge Community Fund

At the 2015 election, I made clear I would not accept the MP’s pay rise, so long as a 1% pay cap applied right across the rest of the public sector. Earlier this year, pay awards for police and prison officers were agreed over 1%. In Wednesday’s Budget, the Chancellor released a further statement, here, which […]

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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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