News from the Shop Floor

Last week, the Federation of Small Businesses and June Trew organised a retail coffee morning at June’s gallery, Trew Art, on Claygate parade. Local retailers and businessmen popped by for a chat and a coffee, a good opportunity for me to hear from people about what’s going on locally and the pressures facing the retail trade. […]

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Local Public Meetings

I hosted the first in my next series of local town hall meetings last night at Thames Ditton Junior School. We had a great turnout and a lively discussion, so this is just a reminder of the forthcoming meetings: Friday 21 September – RES (Rydens), Hersham Road, Walton on Thames, KT12 5PY Tuesday 25 September […]

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Interview your MP

Come the autumn, I am planning to spice up the blog by inviting students, business people, residents, volunteers – or anyone else for that matter – to grill me during a videoed interview for a short podcast that I will post on this site once every month or two. If you would like to put me on […]

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The Olympics comes to Elmbridge

So, the Olympics are underway. Thames Ditton was out in force to cheer on team GB in the road race that ran past the village (pictured below). I joined local fans on Hampton Court way. It wasn’t to be for Cav, Wiggo et al, but it was an exciting race and there’s still the time […]

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A Strategy for the Second-Half

As Parliament rises for its Summer recess – which by the way is not the same thing as MPs going on holiday – the coalition is feeling a bit buffeted from all sides, with economic challenges and political tensions. Yesterday, I penned a piece for the FT setting out a strategy for the second-half of […]

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Lunch with Walton Business Group

Last week, Walton Business Group were hosted by the Riverhouse for their ‘Summer Business Connections Lunch’. I set out the government’s three-pronged approach to business growth – covering tax, red-tape and credit – as well as some of the local initiatives Elmbridge Borough Council have put together, which was followed by a discussion and feedback […]

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Independent Retailer Month

The Federation of Small Businesses are promoting Independent Retailer Month, including by getting MPs to spend some time in stores on the high street. So, on Friday, I joined in at Trew Art and RTFact – both on Claygate parade – to hear how their businesses are getting on, and to get some feedback on the pressures […]

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The Foley Boxing Club – Summer Party

At the end of the week, I always look forward to training at The Foley Boxing Club in Weston Green. I try to get down there on Fridays and Sunday mornings, where Paul Dawson and Gary Ball (both former professional fighters) put us through our paces. The club has had a terrific year, competing in […]

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Catch Up

Erika and I got back from holiday last weekend, so I apologise for not having updated the blog for a while. This week has been busy catching up, but I wanted to post a couple of photos of two wonderful local events that took place before we went away. On 25 May, after the heroic […]

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Strasbourg Demands UK Prisoners Given Vote

Today, in the Scopolla case, the European Court of Human Rights has demanded the UK introduce legislation to give prisoners the right to vote within 6 months. I responded to the ruling on the BBC here. Update (23 May): At PMQs, the PM rules out capitulating to Strasbourg, giving a clear signal that Britain will […]

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