Debating Strike Laws

I participated in a new radio show hosted by Nick Robinson, aired last night, called Decision Time. The debate was on strike law reform and included John Edmonds, the former General Secretary of the GMB union, Lord Tebbit, former Employment Secretary under Margraret Thatcher, Helen Leiser, a former senior civil servant responsible for employment relations, […]

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Talent Spotting

Today, I visited Saville Consulting, another great example of an innovative business on our doorstep. Set up by Professor Peter Saville, the business is based in Claygate and pioneers innovative ways to recruit staff – including devising pyschometric and competence based tests. His techniques are used to recruit talent, from commercial leaders to specialist roles, […]

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Strike Law Reform

Today, I am introducing a proposed Bill in Parliament that would require strikes in the emergency services and transport sectors to carry a majority of support amongst their union members before taking place. We have seen a range of recent strikes passed on small minorities as low as 20% support. When that happens, the majority […]

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Fact-Checking Channel 4

I am a big fan of Channel 4 News. It offers a different take on things, with its self-styled ‘edgy’ analysis. Channel 4 run a FactCheck report that goes ‘behind the spin’ to ‘dig out the truth’. So, it was disappointing to see their stilted analysis of the application of the new Homes Bonus on […]

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Burying the Competition

Yesterday, I raised the issue of anti-competitive practices by Google in the House of Commons. Google have been referred to the European Commission for various practices, including trying to bury rivals, whilst presenting itself as a neutral and impartial search engine. I was joined by Dr Philip Lee, MP for Bracknell. Bracknell is home to […]

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The Olympics come to Elmbridge

Yesterday, I spoke at the launch of the Elmbridge Business Network ‘Surrey 2012’ event, chaired by Rachael Lake. The aim was to promote local commercial opportunities arising from the Olympics. Elmbridge will be hosting some of the cycling events. As well as a tremendous opportunity for the local community to enjoy and be part of […]

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The Nuclear Option

I have long supported an expansion of nuclear power in the UK, as the most cost-efficient and environmentally sound way to cater for Britain’s future energy needs. It is also an area where Britain can develop a high-tech niche, both to broaden our economic base and support the revival of our domestic industry. On Friday, […]

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