Election Issue 2: Education

The Conservatives have a strong record on education over the last 5 years. We have enacted legislation to strengthen teacher discipline in the classroom. There is a greater focus on the basics like numeracy and literacy. We have restored academic rigour to the syllabus, so children are equipped for working life once they leave school. We […]

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Conservative Party Manifesto

The Conservative Party manifesto was launched today. Key policies include: taking the minimum wage out of income tax, extending the income tax personal allowance to £12,500, raising the 40p income tax threshold to £50,000, extending the Right to Buy to social housing tenants, making the first £1million of any home exempt from Inheritance Tax, freezing regulated […]

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Grilled by Rowan Girls

With the election looming, I have had a lot of requests to talk to schools and colleges about what happens, what I actually do within the election period, and my take on the national picture. On Friday, I popped into Rowan preparatory school in Claygate, to talk to their Year 6 girls. They are an […]

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BBC School Report

Over the last week, I have been interviewed by pupils attending various different local schools, as part of the BBC School Report inititaive. It encourages budding young journalists to conduct interviews – not necessarily with MPs – and publish their films online. Today, it was the turn of Year 8 students at Hinchley Wood School, […]

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Remembering the Fallen

On Sunday, I joined Reverend Philip Plyming at Holy Trinity Church in Claygate for Remembrance Sunday. This year, I feel it has been particularly poignant – perhaps it’s the fact we’re remembering the end of the Great War 100 years after the day on which it began. The local comemorations have been very powerful too. […]

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