Tackling Crime in Esher & Walton

Last week a headline in the local paper ran: ‘Malicious youths hurl plant pots in Walton assault’. It was exactly the kind of mindless attack that is seized upon to demonstrate increasing anti-social behaviour, and declining order on our streets. But does it reflect the bigger picture across Esher and Walton? The truth is that […]

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Standing up for Esher and Walton !

I am delighted to have been short-listed for the selection of the next Conservative candidate for Esher and Walton. Before the final choice is made on 21 November, I will be out and about listening to, and learning from, people in the constituency. I will also post a series of comments here – on local […]

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Scrap the Human Rights Act?

There is an interesting debate emerging on the center-right about the merits of replacing the Human Rights Act (HRA) with a British Bill of Rights (BoR). Phil Johnston makes the case for a BoR in the Daily Telegraph, whilst Peter Oborne defends the HRA in The Guardian. Given the erosion of our bedrock freedoms under […]

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Reversing the Rise of the Surveillance State

Today, the Conservatives announced an 11-point plan to reverse the rise of the surveillance state, and protect personal privacy. Read the coverage in the Financial Times here, and the full paper here. The Economist carries an interesting piece this week on the broader issue of trying to manage ‘risk’ in society.

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How effective is CCTV ?

Documents released by the Met Police show that fewer than 1 crime is solved for every 1,000 CCTV cameras deployed. See the report in today’s Telegraph. This backs up findings from recent reports by the Home Office and Association of Chief Police Officers in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Michael Cross writes an interesting comment piece […]

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Damian Green wins fight for DNA

Damian Green MP has won his fight to have his DNA removed from the DNA database, following the collapse of the police investigation against him. Read the story here, along with Damian’s call for all innocent people to have their DNA removed.

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Edinburgh debate with Peter Kellner

This afternoon, I had a lively debate on the state of British liberal democracy with Peter Kellner (President, YouGov) at the Edinburgh Book Festival. I recommend his excellent new book, ‘Democracy: 1,000 Years in Pursuit of British Liberty’, a chronicle of texts, speeches and other primary sources on the subject. You can find an abridged […]

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