Visiting Kia Motors

Today, I dropped by Kia Motors’ UK headquarters in Walton, to catch up with Paul Philpott (President and CEO of Kia Motors UK), and Steve Kitson (Corporate Communications Director). It was great to catch up and hear the firms’ news, including its impressive year in commercial terms and Kia’s expanding range of models available across […]

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Understanding the Threat from Cyber Attacks

One of the areas I have become increasingly interested in is cyber-security. It has profound implications for the future, including strategic threats from governments like the Russian and Chinese as well as the integrity of modern businesses, particularly those with a strong IT dimension. I used to advise on this policy issue, before becoming an […]

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NAS Cullum Centre at Hinchley Wood School

Last night, I was privileged to join a stellar cast to open the new National Autistic Society (NAS) Cullum Centre at Hinchley Wood School.  I went along to pay tribute to Headteacher Ben Bartlett, Mark Lever (Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society), Peter Cullum who funded the centre (along with his inspirational family), and […]

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Public Meeting on Brexit

It was standing room only, last night, at Holy Trinity Church in Claygate, where I hosted an open public meeting on the state of play with Brexit. It was great to have such a lively crowd, of some three to four hundred, engaging on such an important issue. I explained how the UK economy had […]

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Local Public Meeting on Brexit

We are fast approaching my next public meeting. It is being held on Thursday, 27 October 2016 at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Holy Trinity Church, Claygate, KT10 0JP. It will be held from 7:30pm until 9:30pm. It aims to give all residents of the constituency – regardless of political view – an opportunity to raise any concerns or […]

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Discussing Brexit

I discussed the current state of play on Brexit with The Spectator’s Isabel Hardman and Labour’s Pat McFadden for Radio 4’s Week in Westminster. You can listen via the link here (from 2min, 30).  

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CWO Summer BBQ

Congratulations to Elise Dunweber, Ruth Mitchell and the team at our local Conservative Women’s Organisation (CWO), who organised a terrific barbecue in Oxshott. There was a great turnout, and the weather held up. There is a real buzz in the Esher & Walton Conservative Association. We’ve had 250 new members join since the EU referendum, […]

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Question Time

Last week, I joined the panel of BBC’s Question Time from Liverpool, along with shadow chancellor John McDonnell MP, UKIP MEP Louise Bours, Guardian columnist Zoe Williams and former England footballer Jermaine Jenas. We had a lively debate on issues from Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House, to whether tackling in rugby should be banned in […]

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Walton Stroke Group

On Monday, I visited Walton Stroke Group, having been invited by their Vice Chairman, Max Jefford. Walton Stroke Group is a great local group which provides support and advice for those recovering from strokes and their carers. The group meets each week at Walton Day Centre, and they are hosted by centre manager Denise Viney. […]

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Any Questions?

On Friday night, I joined the panel of BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? from Bath. Also on the panel were former MP Ann Widdecombe, former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and Labour’s Alison McGovern MP, and we had a lively discussion on range of topical political questions, which were posed by the audience. You can listen in via […]

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