it's been a varied month, from the wonderful display of community pride
at the unveiling of Downside's new village sign, to success in securing
the early suspension of the very noisey flight trials from Heathrow
across Molesey and Walton.
human rights and EU reform have been high on the agenda - along with
the aftermath of the Scottish referendum.
MP for Esher and Walton
Dom Unveils Downside Village Sign
was delighted to join Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust, Downside
and Hatchford Community Group, St Matthews School and local residents
for the unveiling of Downside's elegant new village sign - designed by
local artist Kate Ellis - as blogged here, and reported here. It was a great celebration of local village pride.
The rest of the month was dominated by the usual buzzing around the
borough, trying to help and support as many local initiatives as
possible. Amongst the various highlights, I visited the inspiring
special needs school, Walton Leigh, in Hersham. I also joined the
fabulous Fadi Kesserwany for the launch of his new restaurant Mezzet
Dar in East Molesey, as reported here.
working with East Molesey concillor Steve Bax and residents, we scored
an important victory in securing the early suspension of Heathrow
Flight Trials over a narrow corridor across Molesey and Walton. I
blogged on the issue here, and it was reported here.
One of the local gripes I often hear about most often is value for
money on South West Trains, along with overcrowding at peak times. So,
I secured a debate in Parliament with the Transport Minister
responding, and set out the local data on fares, cost, overcrowding and
passenger satisfaction, making the case for a fairer deal for local
passengers - as reported here and here.
You can read my full speech, and the Minister's response, here.
We also had a further debate and vote on Bob Neil's
Private Member's Bill seeking a referendum on the EU by 2017.
Naturally, I supported Bob. Once again, it was scuppered by Lib Dem and
Labour opposition. I also raised the issue of the growth of
human rights claims against the Ministry of Defence here.
have had a number of debates on Scotland in the aftermath of the
referendum. I intervened on Gordon Brown during one to ask him about
the fairness for my constituents of the Barnett formula - you'll see
from our exchange, here,
that he didn't much like (or answer) the question. So, I have teamed up
with Frank Field to secure a further cross-party Backbencher's debate
on the implications of further devolution for the rest of the UK - at
which we will air concerns about the Barnett Formula and the West
Lothian Question. The date should be announced shortly.
the beginning of the month, I went up to Birmingham for the
Conservative Party conference - participating in 13 events in two days,
mostly debates about policy areas from the cost of living to the
'squeezed middle'. I also published a new book, "Britain, Tomorrow",
with a Foreword by Boris Johnson, which you can read online here.
The week after conference, I wrote a column for the Daily Telegraph, looking at the challenge of policing the internet here.
And I have also been making the case for the Conservatives'
new proposals for human rights reform, announced by David Cameron
up in Birmingham. I wrote about them in The Sunday Timeshere, and debated the issue with Shami Chakrabaty (of Liberty) on the BBC here.
Finally, in November, Parliament will debate and vote on
the decision to opt back into 30 or so EU regulations on crime and
policing, including the European Arrest Warrant. I have been arguing
against opting back in, setting out the case in The Independenthere, and discussing the issue on the Today program here (from 1hr, 33mins).
a full list of media comments, click here. For blog posts on
local issues and national debates, click here.
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