Visit to Air Products at Hersham Technology Park

Last week, I visited Air Products at Hersham Technology Park, to be briefed on latest developments at this innovation engineering firm based in the heart of Elmbridge. Air Products is a massive global company, with revenue of around US$10billion per year. The UK headquarters focuses increasingly on the industrial gases side of its business, which […]

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Walton on Thames Trading Alliance

Last week, I met with the Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance (WoTTA), a group which has branched out from the former Walton Business Group (which I was involved with). WoTTA was set up earlier this year, by a group of local traders and residents whose aim is to make Walton-on-Thames an even better place to live and […]

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Hampton and Molesey Riverside Trust

Last week, I went to Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare to meet with the members of the Hampton and Molesey Riverside Trust (HMRT). The Trust is an organisation for, and made up of, those who live near the River Thames. It can be challenging for people who want to protect the river or have an interest […]

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Remembering Waterloo

Today, I went along to Painshill Park with the family. As well as enjoying the stunning grounds, the Napoleonic Association put on a fastic historic re-enactment of various aspects of the Battle of Waterloo – as detailed here. It was a great way to bring alive the reality of the battle. I sat with both […]

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The Debate on Fox Hunting

Tomorrow, Parliament will debate a Statutory Instrument (SI) amending the 2004 Hunting Act. There are several changes, but the key one removes the current limit of two dogs that can be used to flush out foxes (and certain other animals) for the purposes of pest control. This ninety-minute debate will be followed by a free […]

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Is small beautiful?

Given the surge in support for small parties at the forthcoming election, I have been looking at the policy agendas of UKIP and the Green Party. While I recognise widespread frustration with the political system, I don’t think the small parties should escape the kind of scrutiny that the main parties receive. With this in […]

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