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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Election Results

The Conservatives had a good result at the local elections. Bearing in mind the tough economic climate and the difficult spending decisions that have been made, we gained two seats – including Geoff Herbert’s nail-biting victoty in Claygate, with a majority of 3 votes (it was just 1 after the first count)! Congratulations to all […]

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Coalition Cup – Half Full?

As the policy wonks, commentators and public digest the coalition programme for government, there will be a lot of carping. I was not enthusiastic about a full 5 year coalition. But having joined it, we must make it deliver. The programme is not perfect. It reflects compromise. But let’s not lose sight of the positives, […]

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Election 2010: Thank You !

It is a tremendous honour to be elected as MP for Esher and Walton. I have just got back – a bit bleary eyed – from the local elections count, where we have added a seat to our majority on the borough council and watched Tony Samuels elected to the county council. I am absolutely […]

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