Foreign Policy and Moral Red Lines

Yesterday, I wrote a column for The Sunday Times making the case for my proposed Magnitsky Amendment to the Criminal Finances Bill. The proposal, backed in Parliament by MPs from eight different political parties, would target those involved in profiting from serious human rights abuses, so they can’t launder their blood money through British banks, properties […]

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Village Identity, Community Spirit

 On Monday, I joined the Mayor of Elmbridge, local councillors, Sir Gerry Acher (of the Cobham Conservation and Heritage), John Stephens (of Downside and Hatchford Community Group) and local residents – including St Matthews infant school – to unveil a new village sign for Downside.   Designed by local artist, Kate Ellis, it was […]

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Strike Law Reform

I have been campaigning for reform to strike laws since 2011. In particular, I have been pressing a private bill to require union bosses to carry majority support from their members before striking. Today, in advance of nationwide strikes tomorrow, I raised the issue again at Prime Minister’s Questions. The PM responded with a pledge […]

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Hersham Festival

Tonight, I ducked by Hersham Scouts on Burwood Close, where they are preparing for their annual festival to raise money for their local scouts group.   Ed Grimsey runs a tight ship, and all hands were on deck preparing for the weekend-long festival. Friday night will see local bands and stand-up comedians perform, while Saturday is […]

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