Business Breakfast in Walton

This morning, I attended the Walton on Thames Trading Alliance (WoTTA) ‘Big Breakfast’ event and gave a short speech about ‘Local Opportunities, National Challenges’. I welcomed the amazing initiative of Joanna Gordon and her WoTTA team, including most recently helping to organise Walton Heritage Day. We discussed key local business issues, especially the local impact […]

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A Conservative Manifesto for Aspirational Britain

Today, Prime Minister Theresa May launched the 2017 Conservative election manifesto. It is a bold prospectus for keeping the economy firing on all cylinders, delivering lower taxes, easing the pressure from the cost of living, making our society more meritocratic, addressing burning social challengers like care for the elderly, and – of course – making […]

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Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance – AGM

Yesterday, I went along to Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance (WoTTA) to support their AGM. Joanna Gordon (pictured below) is a local dynamo with huge ambition both to boost local retail and support small businesses, but also to promote community spirit. She outlined her plans in front of a local throng of businesses, councillors and residents that […]

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Esher Business Guild

Last night, I joined one of Esher Business Guild’s meetings, which was well attended by many of our terrific local businesses. I addressed the Guild on local priorities, including finance, parking and business rates, and briefed them on the wider national political climate – from the recent Budget to Brexit. We then opened out into […]

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Brussels’ Bright Brexit Offer

For all the predictable doom and gloom in the media that accompanied the beginning of Brexit negotiations, for anyone patient enough to read the EU’s draft negotiating guidelines, Brussels’ opening negotiating position is far brighter than expected. I look at the detail of the EU guidelines in a column for Conservative Home today. You can read it here.

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