Visiting Grovelands School

This morning, I visited Grovelands School in Walton-on-Thames. I sat down with Susan Foster, Chair of Governors, and Chris Hodges, the Interim Executive Headteacher, and Bethan Chadda, Deputy Headteacher. We discussed the school’s new interim leadership as well as their ambitions for the school’s future and how I can support them going forward. The school […]

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Remembrance Sunday in Esher

On Sunday, I joined the veterans, cadets, clergy and residents in Esher for Remembrance Sunday. The Esher branch of the Royal British Legion led a moving service, following by a 2-minute silence, and then I joined Cllr David Archer and Tim Oliver in laying a wreath at the War Memorial, pictured with me below (photo […]

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Better Court Services for Users

On Friday, I announced two new Courts and Tribunals Service Centres to be opened in The Midlands, as part of the £1 billion modernisation reforms to our courts and justice system. The centres, based in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent, will transform the way we manage court and tribunal cases by transforming from traditional paper-based systems to […]

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The Westminster List

I have been passed a copy of the Westminster List, reportedly compiled by two researchers detailing allegations of sexual harassment and abuse by Conservative MPs. I should make it completely clear, at the outset, that I regard any such behaviour by any MP against staff or colleagues as totally unacceptable. It should be reported and […]

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Funding for Local Community Projects in Elmbridge

The Aviva Community Fund awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories, from health and well-being to youth centre support. A number of local projects across Elmbridge have applied for funding and the winners are chosen from those that receive the most votes from the public. Each person […]

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Keeping Local Pupils Fit

I am delighted to see that primary schools in our constituency will together receive over £454,000 of extra funding for PE and sports this year. The money comes after the Department for Education’s decision to double the PE and Sports Premium from £160 million to £320 million, and is one aspect of a series of programmes […]

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Elmbridge SMEs Show Impressive Growth

A new report published today puts Elmbridge’s Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) amongst the UK’s most productive and fastest growing. The report, from innovation foundation NESTA and business support company SAGE, identified 8,470 SMEs in Elmbridge across 15 sectors, employing 36,892 people, with science and technology businesses coming out as the authority’s largest SME employers. […]

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Mundays LLP Real Estate Forum

Today, I gave a speech at Mundays Law Firm’s ‘Real Estate Forum’ in Cobham. The audience was made up of local businesses connected to the real estate sector and it was a useful opportunity to speak with local industry professionals and discuss common issues. I spoke about business rates, stamp duty and national insurance and […]

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