Cobham Players Aladdin Panto

On Saturday, I took the family to see Cobham Players’ pantomime production of Aladdin at Cobham Village Hall. This year’s pantomime had special significance as it marks 70 years since Cobham Players was formed. Aladdin was the group’s first pantomime in 1948 and in attendance was Mary Worsfold who played the Princess in the original […]

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Supporting Local Convenience Stores

Today, I visited Vic Grewal who runs the franchise for Budgens convenience store, in Thames Ditton, with Ed Woodall from the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS). Vic runs a great local shop in the heart of Thames Ditton, and the Post Office counter has increased footfall significantly. Vic, Ed and I had a cup of […]

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Prosecuting Terrorism

Today, I announced the extension of the Unduly Lenient Scheme – a mechanism for challenging light prison sentences – to nine further terrorism offences. You can read more about the detail of the specific announcement here. You can also read my column for the Daily Telegraph on this government’s wider counter-terrorism strategy here.

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Reviewing the Year in Politics

This morning, I dropped in on Emma Barnett’s show on BBC 5Live to review the year in politics. I talked about Brexit progress, the Prime Minister proving the doubters wrong and then looked forward to 2018. You can listen here, from 12m20 in.

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Investing in our Tech Industry

The UK has been named as the world’s best prepared country for Artificial Intelligence (A.I) and high-tech industries by a report from the Oxford Insights Team. This follows the welcome news from the Autumn Budget that the government is investing £500m in a range of technology initiatives, from driverless cars to 5G mobile networks. In […]

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Reinforcing the Rule of Law after Brexit

Today I gave a speech at the Policy Exchange think-tank on the release of law firm Linklaters’ new report “Everyone has a Part to Play: Improving the UK’s Competitiveness post-Brexit by Enhancing the Rule of Law”. I thanked Linklaters for their work on the report, which examines the opportunities of Brexit for the legal sector. […]

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Small Business Saturday – in Claygate

This morning, I was down at Claygate parade supporting local small businesses for Small Business Saturday. We started off at Trew Art gallery, with June and Leslie (immediately below) who have a fabulous range of great new work on display, and always offer the warmest of welcomes. Then, we visited Nathan’s Bakery – where I […]

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