A Human Right to cigarettes?

Yesterday, BBC Surrey reported that a prisoner at HMP High Down is suing the Prison Service, claiming a human right to cigarettes. The prisoner in question was denied tobacco as part of the sanctions applied for disciplinary breaches. In my view, this kind of claim is an abuse of process, a corruption of the very […]

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Open Letter on Surrey Police Review

This weekend, I wrote an open letter to Surrey Police Authority, based on my own consultations, highlighting the local impact in Elmbridge of Surrey’s Operational Policing Review, and requesting further information. You can read the text of the letter below. Peter WilliamsChairmanSurrey Police Authority Dear Peter, SURREY POLICE REVIEW – IMPACT ON ELMBRIDGEThank you for […]

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Preserving Our Greenbelt

One of the things I enjoy most about living in Elmbridge is being able to disappear off for an hour or so, jogging across the commons – from Claygate to Oxshott. We are blessed with wonderful greenbelt. It is easy to forget that the borough council work hard to keep our local commons – and […]

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Elmbridge Business Network – AGM

Today, I attended Elmbridge Business Network’s AGM, held over breakfast at the Civic Centre in Esher. It was valuable opportunity to meet local entrepreneurs – like Sally Findlay, who runs a promotions business in East Molesey, and Ajeet Singh Ahuja, who manages a communications store in Cobham (see below). I was briefed on a range […]

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Government Vetoes New Schools for Surrey

In a letter sent on 8 March to Ian Taylor MP, Schools Minister Vernon Coaker confirmed that the government has rejected Surrey’s application to join the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Program in 2009/10. BSF was designed to invest billions across the country to modernise schools for over 3 million secondary school pupils. Once […]

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Local Meetings – Meet the Candidate

We are holding a series of local events in the run up to the election, so I can meet and hear from local residents. The first two are on Friday 26 March (8pm at Christophers Church Hall, Hinchley Wood) and Friday 9 April (8pm at Claygate Village Hall, Claygate). Further details here. All are welcome!

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Supporting Familes Through the Downturn

Last week, I visited Esher Citizen’s Advice Bureau (see below), which covers a large area across Elmbridge. I was briefed by Linda Wheatley on the daily local problems they are seeing during the economic downturn. For February 2010, they have witnessed a 35% increase in the total number of problems reported, compared to the same […]

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International Women’s Day

By invitation, and in commemoration of International Women’s Day (8 March), Christine Jesman has kindly contributed the following post on women in local government, highlighting the public service in Elmbridge of Helen Rowley Lambert (1836-1900): The Municipal Housekeeper Local government rarely generates the same amount of interest as parliamentary affairs and whilst efforts to redress […]

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Rumblings in the Falklands

Earlier this week, Gordon Brown felt the discomfort of having to reject a US offer to help mediate the latest spat between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands. At one level, we can easily ignore the irresponsible – and cheap – populism of Argentine President, Cristina Fernandez, who is using the issue of oil […]

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