Accomodating Housing in Elmbridge

On Friday, I braved the elements to meet with Elmbridge Housing Trust, to learn more about pressures on housing across the borough. I met with Managing Director, Scott Baxendale, and heard about the range of services the Trust provides. As well as dealing with housing, it is the eyes and ears for other economic and […]

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New Year’s Interview – You Ask the Questions

Early in January, ITV news presenter Jasmine Lowson will be interviewing me about my plans for 2010. I will post the interview here. In the spirit of new year’s resolutions, please email me at Dominic.Raab@esherwalton.com if you have suggestions on local or national issues that I should focus on in 2010, or questions you would […]

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Police Mergers Threaten Local Policing

Yesterday, The Times reported that the government is looking to force through the merger of a number of police forces. After years of being short-changed by government – a 39% real term decrease in funding for Surrey police since 1997 – a forced merger of Surrey with other forces would be the thin end of […]

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Walton hospital: NHS efficiencies or cuts?

On Friday, I visited Walton Community hospital with Ian Taylor MP, to talk to Alison Edgington (Chief Executive, Surrey Community Health) and Yvonne Ryan and Sam Smith who work at the hospital (see below). Ian Taylor has been a strong advocate for local NHS services, and I intend to continue making the case for keeping […]

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Brown’s ‘Pre-Budget’ Bluster

This week Gordon Brown released the government’s pre-budget report. Despite all the bluff and bluster about bashing bankers, this proved yet another missed opportunity. Brown failed to tackle the debt crisis facing Britain, and failed to support small business in Elmbridge and beyond. Amidst the detail, there are three key points:– First, the government is […]

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End the Centralisation of Surrey Police

On Saturday, I visited Cobham’s police station and talked to local police and civilian volunteers, coordinated by Ken Purssey (see below). I listened to local concerns about the threat to Cobham station – and wider services across Elmbridge – as a result of the efficiency drive within the Surrey force. The Chief Constable recently consulted […]

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Lib Dem Taxes would Hit Elmbridge Hardest

Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats today faced accusations of U-turn and blunder, as they scaled back their so-called ‘mansion tax’, amidst a slew of other tax measures. Having announced an annual 1% tax on homes over £1million just weeks ago, today Nick Clegg said it would be 0.5% on homes over £2million. Whilst the new policy […]

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Seven Hills Road – the latest from Southern Gas

On Friday, I attended the public consultation organised by Southern Gas on the gas works planned along Seven Hills Road between Walton/ Hersham and Cobham. There is widespread consternation about the disruption that will be caused to those using the road, the knock-on effects for congestion nearby and the clumsy handling of the issue. Over […]

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Thank You

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the open primary today at Sandown Park. It is a tremendous honour to have been selected to represent the Conservative party in Esher and Walton. I would like to pay tribute to the other candidates, the Association’s highly efficient management of the primary process and Ian Taylor’s […]

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