Election 2010: Ten Commitments to the Community

Here are my Ten ‘Commitments to the Community’, in no particular order:First, I live locally and would commute to Westminster. I live in Claygate with my wife Erika. If elected, I would commute to the House of Commons. I made it clear from the outset that there was no question of me claiming a second […]

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Election 2010: On the Campaign Trail

Yesterday evening I spoke at an open public meeting at Claygate village center (my thanks to all those who gave up their Friday evening to come along). Today, we were out canvassing and delivering leaflets in Walton and East Molesey. Tomorrow the same. Glorious sunshine helps.

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Election 2010: Local Impact of Labour’s Tax Hike

Yesterday, the British Chamber of Commerce’s latest economic survey of 5,500 businesses showed first quarter economic growth down at 0.2% (after 0.4% in the final quarter of 2009). The recovery has gone from limping to stumbling. That is why the debate on Labour’s National Insurance tax hike – on both employers and employees – is […]

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Election 2010: Civil Liberties Debate

Roundhouse Radio in Camden are hosting a series of debates in front of live audiences for the election. I joined one last month on civil liberties, with ex-Security Minister Minister Tony McNulty, Michael Rock (Conservative Home) and Jack Taylor (Young Parliament). You can listen to what develops into a fiesty debate, via the links here.

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Election 2010: Campaign Launch !

So, Gordon Brown has finally called the long-awaited general election, triggering a campaign that will run until polling day on 6 May. I am excited about the prospect of campaigning across the Esher and Walton constituency. I will be speaking at town hall meetings, participating in a range of debates (listed on my Facebook page) […]

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Election 2010: Declaration of Interests

In accordance with the recommendations of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Ministry of Justice guidance and Conservative Party requirements, I have registered the following interests, as at 22 March 2010 and the date of my nomination as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Esher & Walton: Full time employment as Chief of Staff to […]

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BBC School Report – Hinchley Wood

The BBC promote a project called ‘School Report’, which encourages young students to get involved in journalism. Each year, the BBC invite students across the country to produce a news report covering a range of issues that matter to them. Since we are in an election year, Hinchley Wood School invited me to participate in […]

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Election Survey

As the election looms, I am trying to encourage as many people, living in the Esher and Walton constituency, to let me know their views, by completing a local survey here. Once we have a big enough sample, I will publish the results.

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April Fools Day

A number of papers have run April Fools Day stories today, a light interlude before the impending election: The Telegraph goes with specially-trained ferrets, expanding broadband to rural communities. The Sun reports a fish biting back, attacking an angler in act of pre-meditated revenge. The Guardian trails Labour’s new ‘shock tactics’, with a series of […]

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