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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School Places – a Burning Issue in Elmbridge

The issue local residents have raised with me most consistently over the last few weeks is school places. Parents across Elmbridge are growing increasingly frustrated. Whilst there are challenges for some primaries, the burning issue is the capacity of local secondaries. I was lucky enough to go to a grammar school. I owe everything to […]

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Supporting Elmbridge Business through the Recession

Over recent weeks I have been down in Esher and Walton gauging the local impact of the recession. I’ve heard from retailers in Walton, local farmers at Esher’s Farmers market and been in touch with councillors, the Surrey Chamber of Commerce, Walton Citizens Advice Bureau and the Federation of Small Businesses. I started my career […]

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10 Policies for a Better Britain

I have posted a range of comments focused on local issues. Here is my pick of ten policies to change Britain for the better. In no particular order ……. 1. Salvage bankrupt Britain: Digging Britain out of the deep hole in the nation’s finances will demand tough choices. If you include all of the hidden […]

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6 Commitments to the Community

One of the challenges for your next MP is to combine a range of responsibilities: serving the constituency as a ‘community MP’; fighting your corner in Westminster; and supporting a Conservative government get to grips with the challenges Britain faces at a national level. I have been asking local councillors, community groups and residents their […]

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Proud Godparents

Away from politics, this weekend Erika and I became proud godparents of Arthur, the son of close friends. We felt honoured to assume this responsibility – Arthur, on the other hand, seemed a little more circumspect about the whole business.

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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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