Esher High School U16 Campaign

On Friday, I met with pupils from Esher High School to discuss their campaign to lower the voting age to 16. Saher and Lauren (pictured below) gave a great presentation, powerfully and eloquently making their case. I remain to be convinced that lowering the voting age is the right thing to do, mainly because I […]

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Surrey Clubs for Young People

Last night, I attended the Surrey Clubs for Young People (SCYP) 70th anniversary celebrations at the Houses of Parliament. The event was put on to celebrate the fantastic work that SCYP does, and to recognise the clubs that are core to the charity’s work. The reception was well-attended by key representatives from a number of […]

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Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets

The Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets, who I visited in November 2015 (blogged here), are holding a fundraising appeal to raise money for a new, modernised building at their site in Shepperton. The current building is old, damp and small. It has not been repaired since a flood in 2014. The Cadets have produced a […]

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Visiting Local Schools in Elmbridge

Today, I visited three local schools in Elmbridge – ACS Cobham International, Hinchley Wood Secondary School and Rowan Preparatory School in Claygate. As well as catching up with the schools’ plans for the future, it is a great chance to engage with local youngsters. At Hinchley Wood School, I spoke to a group of Year […]

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Cobham Rugby Club

Last Saturday, I went down to Cobham Rugby Club for their ‘Value the Volunteer’ lunch, before their home game against Chobam (I know – a bit of a tongue-twister for the pundits). I spoke about how valuable volunteers are for local sports clubs and charities more generally, and how local community sport is vital for […]

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Rydens Enterprise School

Last week, I visited Rydens Enterprise School in Hersham. I had a useful discussion with the new Head of School, Mrs Payne, who updated me on the latest renovation plans, and we also talked about the school’s wider ambitions. I also took some time to take a raft of questions from a group of Year […]

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Visit to Esher College

Last Friday, I talked to politics students at Esher College about my role as MP, what it is like to be a government minister and the direction of travel on Brexit. I then answered questions from the enthusiastic students on why I wanted to become an MP, legislation around unions and the refugee situation in […]

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Visit to Cranmere School

On Friday, I visited Cranmere School in Esher. I was given a tour of the newly extended school, which includes a spacious play area and a brand new IT suite where the pupils are learning computer programming and coding. I then spoke to the School Council for 30 minutes and took questions about the role […]

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Visit to Danes Hill School

On Friday, I visited Danes Hill School in Oxshott. I had a chat with the Headteacher, Mr Murdock, and then spoke to the School Council, which is made up of 30 boys and girls between the ages of 11-13. I explained the three key roles of being an MP – helping individual people when they […]

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