Flood Defences

On Friday I met up with local Councillors for Molesey, Steve Bax and Peter Szanto. Amongst other things, we talked about flood defences in Esher and Walton. Flooding has been fresh in our minds recently, with the terrible floods in Cumbria and across the North across Christmas, which left thousands of homes and businesses damaged. […]

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Welcome to my new Website & Blog!

With 2016 looming, I have been working to update my online presence, including with a new website and blog, which also allows me to sign up people for my monthly e-bulletin (on the front page). The basic idea is just to have a clearer and sharper explanation of what I stand for and what I […]

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Whiteley Village

On Friday, I visited Whiteley Village to catch up with Chair, Peter Wilkinson, Chief Executive, Chandra McGowan, and above all local residents. I was briefed on Whiteley’s plans for the future, and some of their innovative ideas for making sure the retirement village continues, for the long-term, to deliver flexible and high quality housing and […]

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Thames Ditton Farmers’ Market

This weekend, after longstanding efforts by local residents and businesses, Mark and Megan George managed to get the farmers’ market to come to the George & Dragon pub car park in Thames Ditton. It was fabulous, with everything from jam to gin on sale (as well as the usual farm fare). Farmers’ markets are a […]

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Local Round-Up

I have been buzzing around locally over the last fortnight. Amidst the various highlights, I caught up with Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group, which coordinates and commissions local health services in Elmbridge. I reinforced the value and importance of providing support for local GP surgeries, and providing additional health services in the community – to […]

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Election Issue 1: It’s the Economy, Stupid

This is the first in a series of election issue blog-posts I am doing. I wanted to set out 4 top economic reasons – based on independently assessed facts – why we in Esher & Walton constituency, and Britain as a whole, are better off with the Conservatives. First, the Conservative led government has cut […]

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Spooks and Snoops

I debated the UK-US surveillance arragements and plans for the so-called Snooper’s Charter on the Daily Politics today. The discussion also involved Lord West (former Security Minister) and Kelvin McKenzie (former Editor of The Sun). You can watch it online here.

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Local Fighting Spirit

Today, I opened Claygate Martial Arts Centre. It has been set up by James and Vicky Barker, two local instructors – a husband and wife partnership. The club has a wide range of students of all ages – boys, girls, men and women. I have enjoyed martial arts since the age of twelve, and recognise […]

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Danesfield Manor School Come to Westminster

Today, I had the pleasure of talking to children from Danesfield Manor School (in Walton), as part of their tour of the House of Commons. They proved a sparky lot, with questions ranging from whether to extend the current ban on smoking in public places to how I divide up my time as a local […]

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