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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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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