Walton hospital: NHS efficiencies or cuts?

On Friday, I visited Walton Community hospital with Ian Taylor MP, to talk to Alison Edgington (Chief Executive, Surrey Community Health) and Yvonne Ryan and Sam Smith who work at the hospital (see below). Ian Taylor has been a strong advocate for local NHS services, and I intend to continue making the case for keeping […]

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Brown’s ‘Pre-Budget’ Bluster

This week Gordon Brown released the government’s pre-budget report. Despite all the bluff and bluster about bashing bankers, this proved yet another missed opportunity. Brown failed to tackle the debt crisis facing Britain, and failed to support small business in Elmbridge and beyond. Amidst the detail, there are three key points:– First, the government is […]

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End the Centralisation of Surrey Police

On Saturday, I visited Cobham’s police station and talked to local police and civilian volunteers, coordinated by Ken Purssey (see below). I listened to local concerns about the threat to Cobham station – and wider services across Elmbridge – as a result of the efficiency drive within the Surrey force. The Chief Constable recently consulted […]

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Lib Dem Taxes would Hit Elmbridge Hardest

Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats today faced accusations of U-turn and blunder, as they scaled back their so-called ‘mansion tax’, amidst a slew of other tax measures. Having announced an annual 1% tax on homes over £1million just weeks ago, today Nick Clegg said it would be 0.5% on homes over £2million. Whilst the new policy […]

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Seven Hills Road – the latest from Southern Gas

On Friday, I attended the public consultation organised by Southern Gas on the gas works planned along Seven Hills Road between Walton/ Hersham and Cobham. There is widespread consternation about the disruption that will be caused to those using the road, the knock-on effects for congestion nearby and the clumsy handling of the issue. Over […]

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Thank You

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the open primary today at Sandown Park. It is a tremendous honour to have been selected to represent the Conservative party in Esher and Walton. I would like to pay tribute to the other candidates, the Association’s highly efficient management of the primary process and Ian Taylor’s […]

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Have Your Say on Saturday!

I started my campaign by asking: what can I do for Esher and Walton? Fortunately, you have not been shy in coming forward with ideas! I am grateful to everyone who has taken the time to meet me in the constituency or drop me a line – and I hope to meet more of you […]

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What ‘they’ say about Dom Raab …

On Surrey issues: “Dominic campaigned tirelessly and effectively on the doorstep during the 2009 County and European elections in Surrey. He related to the problems created by the poor deal Surrey gets from central government for local services and was a formidable advocate of Conservative policies. He would be credible champion for local interests and […]

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Local Care for the Elderly

In Elmbridge – a place the Daily Mail dubbed the Beverly Hills of Surrey – it is easy to overlook pockets of neglect. These are a direct result of the poor deal Surrey gets for local funding from the Treasury: per capita spending on local public services is a third of the national average. In […]

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