The Record Review

Last week, I participated in a discussion on The Record Review, looking back at the year in politics with Austin Mitchell MP and Lord Willis. In a lively debate, we discussed the record of the coalition, and what we can expect to see in 2011. You can view the show here.

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Brian May’s Heroes

It has caused untold mirth in my House of Commons office that legendary rock guitarist Brian May has listed an unlikely group of Conservatives, including myself, amongst his heroes in The Guardian this morning. Satire aside, I have had quite a few people emailing me about my views on fox hunting – the overwhelming majority […]

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Today Programme: The Case for Meritocracy

Last week, the government announced – without Parliamentary debate – the implementation of two residual parts of Harriet Harman’s Equality Act 2010. I wrote an article for the Sunday Times on 21st November (available here), urging the coalition to ditch both elements. On public body audits, I argued: “… Scrap the draft Regulations that will […]

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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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