Red Ken -v- Raab

Today, former London Mayor hosted an episode of Epilogue, the book review show on Press TV, discussing ‘The Assault on Liberty’. Incidentally, this is the same London Mayor that, just a year before the July 2005 terrorist attacks, welcomed to the capital – and physically hugged – extremist preacher, Yusuf Qaradawi, an Islamic cleric who […]

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ID Cards – Young Elmbridge-ites Have their Say

Last week, the Elmbridge Guardian reported the government’s surreptitious extension of ID cards to Surrey by stealth. Home Office Minister Meg Hillier responded to widespread criticism with a mix of spin, bluff and bluster. It is fascinating to see how the justifications for ID cards keep changing. A week ago I posted comment, setting out […]

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Stoke d’Abernon Residents Association

My thanks to all those from Stoke d’Abernon and District Residents Association who came along for a drink and a chat at the Old Plough, last Thursday evening. I learnt a great deal about local issues – from anti-social behaviour to daffodil planting! A particular thanks to Ian Nelson for organising, and landlord Bob Ketley […]

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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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