Government Targets Surrey for ID Cards

On 25 January, the government brought into force ID cards by stealth, for adults under 25 years old in two specifically selected areas, Greater London and the North West . On careful examination, the Order includes a range of post codes in Surrey – including Molesey and Thames Ditton in the Esher & Walton constituency. […]

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Out of the woods?

This week we learnt that the British economy crept – limping – out of recession, posting 0.1% economic growth for the last quarter of 2009. So, after the worst slump since 1931, are we out of the woods? On the downside, Pimco an investment firm gave international investors the jitters, advising them to avoid British […]

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New website launched !

My sincere thanks to Ian Donaldson and Erika – the Missus – for all their help, advice and patience in putting together my new website, now up and running at: http://www.dominicraab.com/. The website provides a range of information focused on my local campaigns, and how to get involved and support the Conservatives in Elmbridge. The […]

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Pickpocketing Surrey Police

Today, the Home Affairs Committee of the House of Commons published its report, Police Service Strength. It exposes the extent to which this government has choked local funding for police – literally pickpocketing the Surrey force. We already knew that Surrey taxpayers pay £5.5 billion per year to the Treasury, but get back just a […]

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Cuts at Kingston Hospital threaten Elmbridge

Today, it was reported that Kingston Hospital’s Accident & Emergency and Maternity units have been identified for closure, as part of a London-wide NHS review. Since Elmbridge does not have an Accident and Emergency Unit, residents (particularly in the north and east of the borough) rely on Kingston hospital. If confirmed, it would represent a […]

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Labour’s Failure to Invest in Local Flood Defences

The Royal Institute of British Architects recently predicted that climate change could transform Hull into the ‘Venice of the North’. Attractive as that may sound, I doubt residents in Elmbridge would welcome such a fate. The cold snap has focused minds on the contingency planning required, if climate change results in severe weather extremes. Given […]

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Accomodating Housing in Elmbridge

On Friday, I braved the elements to meet with Elmbridge Housing Trust, to learn more about pressures on housing across the borough. I met with Managing Director, Scott Baxendale, and heard about the range of services the Trust provides. As well as dealing with housing, it is the eyes and ears for other economic and […]

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New Year’s Interview – You Ask the Questions

Early in January, ITV news presenter Jasmine Lowson will be interviewing me about my plans for 2010. I will post the interview here. In the spirit of new year’s resolutions, please email me at Dominic.Raab@esherwalton.com if you have suggestions on local or national issues that I should focus on in 2010, or questions you would […]

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Police Mergers Threaten Local Policing

Yesterday, The Times reported that the government is looking to force through the merger of a number of police forces. After years of being short-changed by government – a 39% real term decrease in funding for Surrey police since 1997 – a forced merger of Surrey with other forces would be the thin end of […]

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