Community Hospitals Review

Today, I met with James Blythe, Director of Commissioning and Strategy at Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and Dr Jill Evans, the Clinical Lead, to discuss the CCG’s recent report following their review of community hospitals in Elmbridge. Local leaders contributed to the review, including local councillors, GPs and Dr Ian Coxon, the Chair […]

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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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Elmbridge Free School gets go-ahead

One of my key campaigns since becoming an MP has been increasing the number of school places here in Elmbridge. It was brilliant news, then, that yesterday Prime Minister David Cameron gave the go-ahead for the ElmWey Learning Trust to open a brand new Free School in Elmbridge – the Heathside School, Walton on Thames. […]

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Brexit: the Optimist’s Choice

With a day to go before the referendum, I want to set out – again – the optimistic, ambitious, outward-looking case for leaving the EU on 23rd June. After four months of campaigning, you will have plenty to think about! Here are some final thoughts from me, expressed in a column for the Daily Telegraph […]

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BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat EU Debate

Last night, I took part in BBC Radio One’s Newsbeat EU Referendum debate, putting the case for voting to Leave, against Labour MP and Remain campaigner Chuka Umunna. The audience was made up of millennials, asking questions about the impact of Brexit on topics from immigration, to the economy and law-making. It was a great […]

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Jack’s Kitchen

Last Friday, I cut the ribbon at the lunch time launch of Jack’s Kitchen, the new restaurant at the Holiday Inn in Long Ditton, at the invitation of the owners, Mr and Mrs Sampathkumar, and general manager Gagan Sharma. It was a fantastic occasion, and I wore a shawl and garland for my part in […]

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Meeting with Local Businesses

Over the last week, I have been catching up with some local businesses. On Thursday evening, I visited Esher Business Guild to talk about government policies to help small businesses, including reducing red tape and the business rates review. We also talked about the current mix of businesses on Esher’s High Street, and how we […]

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