Horseracing with Esher High

Today, I joined Esher CofE High pupils on a British Horse Racing, Education and Standards Trust (BHEST) program at Sandown Park, which engages children in practical applications of numeracy skills. Amongst the activities put on, the pupils were weighed on the scales used by jockeys and examined the dimensions of the fences. Later, the pupils […]

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The Olympics come to Elmbridge

Yesterday, I spoke at the launch of the Elmbridge Business Network ‘Surrey 2012’ event, chaired by Rachael Lake. The aim was to promote local commercial opportunities arising from the Olympics. Elmbridge will be hosting some of the cycling events. As well as a tremendous opportunity for the local community to enjoy and be part of […]

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Town Hall Meetings

Tonight, I am starting the first in another series of open town hall meetings across the constituency, so I can hear directly from residents about their local and national priorities. I will kick off the first one in Walton. The meetings will start at 7.30pm, and last up to 2 hours, at the following locations:- […]

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GP Commissioning and Community Hospitals

On Friday, I met with Ken Brown (Chairman, League of Friends of Molesey Hospital) and Dr Steve Brant (local GP and pioneer of MEDICS Gateway) at the Glenlynn Practice in East Molesey (see photo below). In the context of the forthcoming abolition of Primary Care Trusts (PCT) and their replacement with local GP commissioning, I […]

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Investing In Our Roads

Today, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond announced £100 million extra to fix pot holes in England. The local allocations will be made in March, but this should be good news for Surrey. The state of our roads adds to transport costs, which weigh down local economic growth, and remains a high priority issue for local residents […]

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Saluting Our Troops

Today, I joined the local throng saluting soldiers from 22 (Gibraltar 1779-83) Battery and 32 Regiment Royal Artillery, accompanied by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Royal Artillery Band. The troops were marking the end of a 6 month tour of Afghanistan, heading from Esher police station to Sandown Park for the Royal […]

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The Nuclear Option

I have long supported an expansion of nuclear power in the UK, as the most cost-efficient and environmentally sound way to cater for Britain’s future energy needs. It is also an area where Britain can develop a high-tech niche, both to broaden our economic base and support the revival of our domestic industry. On Friday, […]

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NHS Reform

Since August, I have been talking to local partners about the forthcoming NHS reforms. Over the last week I have had a series of useful meetings. First, I met with Surrey County Council to hear more about their plans to take on responsibility for ‘public health’ from the Primary Care Trust (PCT). This is a […]

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Support for People with Learning Disabilities

On Friday, I opened a new sensory room, at Mencap Elmbridge, for people with learning disabilities. The money for the facility was raised through a mix of fund-raising, including a generous contribution from Glaxo Smith Kline. Jean Rigden and Veronica Collins are part of a fantastic team, doing inspirational work. It was great to see […]

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Affordable Housing in Elmbridge

Development is one of the thorniest local issues. On the one hand, we are blessed with 57% greenbelt in this borough – and we want to protect our open spaces. On the other hand, there is an acute shortage of affordable homes. The government’s answer is twofold. First, to scrap the top-down housing targets (such […]

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