Walton Rotary Club

Last night, I addressed Walton Rotary Club at Burhill Golf Club. Introduced by their President, Elza Hollands (pictured below), I spoke a little about the General Election Campaign, then moving on to talk about my plans to improve rail services, local clinics in the community, and school expansion. I then addressed the enduring strength of […]

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Elmbridge Community Fund

In January 2015, I helped to launch the Elmbridge Community Fund (ECF). The ECF works in partnership with a range of local community and voluntary groups in Elmbridge, including those working with isolated older people, those affected by long-term illnesses and disabilities, and young people living in poverty and disadvantage. The ECF award grants to […]

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Strengthening Local Rail Services

On Thursday, I met with Becky Lumlock, Route Managing Director for the Wessex route at Network Rail. We discussed the 3-phase strategy for easing overcrowding and delivering better rail services for passengers. First, improvement works are due to take place at London Waterloo from 5 to 28 August. This will have an impact on the […]

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Building Up Local Health Services

On Friday, I visited Dr Jill Evans, the East Elmbridge lead for our local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) (pictured, below) at Esher Green GP surgery. Jill talked me through some of the recent developments in the community. Two real positives stood out. Seven of our local GP practices have piloted a paediatric clinic at […]

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Local Schools Going Places

Today, I caught up with Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Schools, Mary Lewis (pictured immediately below), to talk through the plans for new schools and expansions acros the borough. We talked through progress with delivering our two new local free schools, Cobham Free School and Walton Heathside, as well as progress with the expansion […]

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A Dragon in Esher

On Friday, Dragon’s Den’s Star and retail giant Theo Paphitis came to talk to my local business club, Connect. Connect is a local group of business men and women interested in networking and politics. We arrange quarterly breakfast meetings, where I give an update on a burning political issue, and we hear from a guest speaker […]

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Morning Star Charity

On Friday night, I went to a fund-raising evening hosted at the American School in Cobham, and organised by Bill Muddyman and Linda Gardiner. The event was arranged to raise money for the Morning Star charity in South Africa, which is a day care centre for under-privileged children afflicted by HIV. Bill and Linda organised […]

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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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Extra Investment for St. Peter’s A&E

One of the important Conservative messages in recent years is that we cannot deliver extra resources for our precious public services without a vibrant economy – not just creating jobs, but also generating tax revenue. So, I’m delighted to report that the government is allocating £600,000 of fresh funding to St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey […]

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Back to the Ministry of Justice

I was honoured and delighted to be asked to join Theresa May’s new government. I am returning to the Ministry of Justice as a Minister of State under Justice Secretary David Lidington, and with a terrific ministerial and civil service team. I’m looking forward to supporting the department’s reform agenda, from the criminal justice system […]

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