Meritocracy & Democracy

Yesterday, the Sutton Trust released some research showing the proportion of candidates at the next election from public school and Oxbridge. So, I have written a column for The Times today, looking at the state of meritocracy – inside and outside the Westminster village. You can read it here.

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Esher & Walton Conservative Women

Last night, Elise Dunweber (who runs our local Conservative Women’s Organisation) put on a great wine-tasting event at Layla’s restaurant and wine bar in Esher.   Layla’s is always a terrific venue, and Elise and her team did a brilliant job of attracting both longstanding local Conservative supporters and new faces. It was a real mix. […]

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Recognising Inspiring Youngsters

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of presenting the annual Elmbridge Young Persons Awards, recognising the achievements of youngsters accross the borough in the face of adversity, overcoming great challenges or in otherwise remarkable circumstances. They include children suffering from disability or illness, those who have lost close family members and many inspiring stories of […]

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Fight For Peace

I have been volunteering again at Fight For Peace, a boxing and martial arts academy in Newham, in East London, that has a wider remit to help get youngsters from tough backgrounds on a positive path into study, training or work. The Academy has centres in London and Rio. You can find out more about […]

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