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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