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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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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