Local Assurances on Heathrow Expansion

Today, as the local constituency MP for Esher & Walton, I met with Transport Minister Baroness Sugg to discuss Heathrow expansion. In the meeting, I registered local concerns that have been raised with me about noise levels, air quality and future congestion, and I was grateful for an update on the recently published Heathrow Expansion […]

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Wellden Turnbull Budget Seminar

I was delighted to attend the annual Wellden Turnbull post-budget seminar in Cobham this afternoon. I gave a presentation on the state of the UK economy and key budget measures. In particular, I talked to the group of local businesses and professionals on the proposals for £80 billion tech investment over the next 10 years, […]

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My Commitment to the Elmbridge Community Fund

At the 2015 election, I made clear I would not accept the MP’s pay rise, so long as a 1% pay cap applied right across the rest of the public sector. Earlier this year, pay awards for police and prison officers were agreed over 1%. In Wednesday’s Budget, the Chancellor released a further statement, here, which […]

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Magnitsky Awards

Last week, I was honoured to attend the Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Awards in London, where I was presented with the Political Campaigner Award. Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian lawyer who was tortured and murdered in 2009, whilst in state detention, for disclosing the biggest tax fraud in Russian history. Last year, as a backbench […]

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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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