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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Ending the Year on a High

Elmbridge has come top of the Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2010, for the third year running. Elmbridge scored highly on health, life expectancy, employment, average earnings and school results. Of course, reports like this are a double-edged sword. Labour used these ‘mean’ scores to diddle Elmbridge (and Surrey) in terms of the funding we […]

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Local Cuts

This week, we heard the news on the local cuts resulting from the Spending Review: Over the next two years, Surrey County Council will see cuts in its grants from central government of 9.5%, but Elmbridge has been hit harder by 34% cuts. The practical impact is not as severe as that may sound, because […]

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Business Breakfast

Congratulations to Rachael Lake and Elmbridge Business Network, for organising their breakfast meeting today, despite the snow and ice. I updated the group on the government’s plans for cutting business taxes and red-tape, and expanding investment in finance for small and medium size companies. Unsurprisingly, we discussed business rates, and the idea for local authorities […]

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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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Lean and Green

On 14 May, the new Prime Minister pledged to cut CO2 emissions from government departments by 10% in 12 months. He also explained how: ‘Government department headquarters will … publish online in real time their energy use so that the public can hold ministers and civil servants to account for their carbon footprint’. The software […]

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EU Budget Debate

Yesterday, Parliament debated the EU budget, set to rise by 2.9% with Britain paying £7.7billion this year. I abstained on the vote – i.e. refused to vote in favour of the budget – for two reasons. First, the government had itself voted against the rise with 6 other countries in August (but was outvoted under […]

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Don’t Forget the other Chelsea

Elmbridge may be famous for hosting Chelsea FC’s training ground, but there is another international team by the same name nearby – Chelsea Technologies in West Molesey. Hired to help clear up the oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Chelsea Technologies’ sensory technology is being pioneered for a range […]

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