Flood Risk

Today, I am leading a cross-party backbench debate in the House of Commons on flood risk and flood insurance. The government and the insurance industry have until the end of June to agree a new ‘deal’ to ensure flood insurance is available to small businesses and families owning properties at high risk of flooding. This […]

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Save Money on Energy Bills

I have just seen Surrey County Council’s ‘switch and save’ scheme, which aims to use the collective bargaining power of local residents to encourage energy supplies of gas and electricity to give us a better rate on our bills. For chapter and verse, click here. Which? ran a similar scheme and saved homes an average of […]

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Local Fire & Rescue

On Friday, I was briefed by the team at Walton Fire Station, under Area Chief Eddie Roberts and Operations Group Manager Bob Weldon-Gamble. The team demonstrated and explained a range of scenarios that they are trained to deal with, including: water rescue (the depot has bespoke expertise and equipment for this type of rescue); a […]

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Saving Money and Energy

One of our pioneering local firms, TR Control Solutions, is going from strength to strength. The company innovated eco-driver, a program designed to monitor in real time the amount of energy an organisation is using – from schools and businesses to government departments. This technology is extremely useful for saving money and cutting the amount […]

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Lessons from Kyoto

International negotiations continue this week, in Bonn, on climate change – in the aftermath of December’s stalled Durban summit. I have written an article for City AM on the two lessons that need to be learnt from experience under the Kyoto Protocol. You can read it here.

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Visiting Molesey Lock

Last Friday, I visited Molesey lock. It serves a dual role, as an active waterway and a part of the wider system of flood management in the area. I toured the lock and was briefed by Andrew Pearce, Regional Manager and Matt Carter, Waterways Manager, Steve Bowlam, Molesey lock-keeper, and local volunteer, John Graham. With […]

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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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