Amidst the Blizzard of Statistics …

Amidst the blustery winter conditions, the Office of Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) issued a blizzard of economic statistics yesterday, as part of its autumn economic forecasts. The OBR is a new independent institution set up by the government to bring greater impartiality to the publication of economic statistics. So what did the OBR say? Well, the […]

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Party Conference

I’m back home after the Conservative Party Conference. It was fun going up as an MP for the first time, and the party is in good spirits. No triumphalism, no complacency, just a sense of stubborn optimism. The Esher & Walton crowd met up for drinks on Monday evening. I spoke in six fringe events […]

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Conservative Party Conference

After the excitements of the Lib Dem and Labour Party conferences, next week is the turn of the Conservative Party! For anyone who is attending, I am speaking at the following fringe events. For those who won’t be there, feel free to let me know your views on the debates listed below! Sunday 3 October1745 […]

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End of Term Report Card

As I came through the general anaesthetic last week (from key-hole surgery to repair some hip cartilage), I gazed through bleary eyes at the TV screen for some news. The Sky News ticker read: “North Korea threatens to invade South Korea”. Next item: “Conservative MP criticises Coalition in Pub”. It was a typical illustration of […]

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