Question Time

Last night, I joined the panel of BBC’s Question Time from Southend-on-Sea along with Labour MP Yvette Cooper, Scottish MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, University of London academic Sarah Churchwell and Vice-President of Republicans Overseas Jan Halper-Hayes. The debate was inevitably dominated by the American election and Donald Trump and the question of what Britain’s response should […]

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New Government

Theresa May, our new Prime Minister, is currently forming her new government. I made clear  I would enthusiastically serve in any role (at Minister of State or above) I could get my teeth into. It was not to be. But, I wish the new team well in the tackling the challenges that lie ahead.

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24 June – a moment in history

In the early hours of this morning, it became clear that Britain – on an astonishing turnout of 72% – had voted to leave the EU. As someone who has made the case for Britain to leave, I feel enormously proud and confident in the future. We have a golden opportunity for democratic renewal, to […]

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BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat EU Debate

Last night, I took part in BBC Radio One’s Newsbeat EU Referendum debate, putting the case for voting to Leave, against Labour MP and Remain campaigner Chuka Umunna. The audience was made up of millennials, asking questions about the impact of Brexit on topics from immigration, to the economy and law-making. It was a great […]

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EU Rules on UK Border Controls

Today, I’ve written an article for The Daily Telegraph about how EU rules undermine UK border controls, which puts Britain at unnecessary risk. It follows the reporting that yesterday, a series of former police chiefs and security experts warned that recent terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris were a “wake-up call” for UK border protection. […]

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MP’s Pay

I set out my position on MP’s pay here, back in September. I made clear I would give up anything over the annual 1% pay cap that applies to the rest of the public sector. That is what I have done, donating the extra pay to the Elmbridge Community Fund, a local fund that I […]

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The Europe Question

Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced the date of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU) – which will be the 23rd June. I have decided after very careful consideration that that I will campaign for Britain to leave. I have taken this decision from conviction, and after a lot of thought. I have […]

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Association

Today, amongst other things, I caught up with Nadim Vanderman (pictured below) and Shahbaz Bajwa from the Walton branch of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association. It now has around 130 members and describes itself as promoting the ‘peaceful revival of Islam … [enjoying] an unrivalled record for peace and effort to build cohesive societies’. It is focused […]

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MP’s Pay Rise

As the Conservative candidate for Esher & Walton during the general election campaign, I made clear that I would not accept a pay rise for MPs, while salaries for the rest of the public sector remained frozen or capped at 1%. Now, re-elected as your MP, I will be true to my word. Every MP […]

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The Debate on Fox Hunting

Tomorrow, Parliament will debate a Statutory Instrument (SI) amending the 2004 Hunting Act. There are several changes, but the key one removes the current limit of two dogs that can be used to flush out foxes (and certain other animals) for the purposes of pest control. This ninety-minute debate will be followed by a free […]

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