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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MPs’ Pay

  I have long held the view that MPs’ pay needs to be re-set. It was artificially held down for many years, which means Parliament is at risk of deterring talented people from humble backgrounds from entering politics. I also agree it should be benchmarked to other comparable public sector jobs, and decided independently ie […]

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Turning the corner?

This week was a good week for the Conservative election campaign. Following a clear win for David Cameron in the BBC Question Time Leaders’ interviews, the Financial Times and The Economist both backed him to stay PM, a further vote of confidence in our economic record. Ed Miliband’s refusal to apologise for Labour’s record of […]

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Election Issue 4: NHS

One of the key challenges we face locally, with a rising birth rate and an ageing population, is to tailor local health services to the specific needs of our community. In cash terms, this government has increased funding for the NHS by almost £13billion since 2010. More operations are being delivered, and waiting lists are […]

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