the weather's been better than the football - which is even less
bearable with a Brazilian wife.
This month, I've been spanning the generations - enjoying Rosalita
Edwards' nursery sports day, Hersham Scouts Festival, through to
National Care Home Day. Up at Westminster, I backed the
government's legislative agenda during the Queen's Speech and published
a new report, The Meritocrat's
MP for Esher and Walton
Rosalita Edwards' Nursey Sports Day
was an enormous pleasure to join Rosalita Edward's Montessori Nursery
sports day, not least because it was their 25th anniversary year as a
nursery. It was great fun in glorious sunshine - especially the
highly competitive grandma and grandpa races - as blogged here.
Sticking with youngsters, I also popped in on Hersham Scouts group,
organising their annual festival to raise money for their group, as
20th June was National Care Home Open Day, so I took the chance to
visit St George's care home in Cobham and Sunrise in Esher. With
penalty shoot outs, opera singers, and of course lots of cake, it was a
good opportunity to sing the praises of our local care homes and have
some fun with residents, as I blogged here.
Finally, I continue to visit local businesses across the borough. I
caught up with Kia motors CEO Paul Philpott at their new headquarters
in Walton. It's an amazing site, and Paul talked me through the
company's plans and their excellent initiatives in the local
Last month, the Court of Appeal ruled against the application to hold a
terrorism trial in total secrecy, but imposed unprecedented
restrictions on the reporting, based on very old common law powers. I
questioned why Parliament has not had a chance to scrutinise the
issue - you can
watch it here
- and warned about the precedent, as reported here
The last Queen's Speech before the general election was delivered on
4th June, with all the usual pomp and ceremony. After that, we have a
series of themed debates on the substance. I spoke in the first debate
on the economy and the cost of living - to defend the government's
record, and promote its new plans. You can read my speech (scroll down
to 2.36pm) here.
I also spoke in support of mandatory custodial sentences for knife
and sought reassurances from the Justice Secretary that prisoner
numbers would not lead the government to repeat Labour's early release
Finally, I questioned DfiD ministers about action to support a return
to democracy in Thailand after the recent coup, here,
and asked BIS Ministers about progress in giving employers a greater
role in crafting apprenticeships here.
In early June, I
attended the Conservative Home conference, speaking at a session on
what should be our approach in the wake of the European elections. I
put the gist of it into an article for the Sunday Express which you can read here.
Blair waded into the debate about Iraq, given renewed terrorist
activity by the ISIS group. There has been a surprising amount of loose
talk about returning to the fray. I set out in a column for Prospect
why I think that would be foolish. I also defended the coalition
from Oxfam's highly politicised attack, on The Spectator blog here.
Finally, I launched my latest report on social mobility, The Meritocrat's Manifesto,
setting out a policy agenda - across schools, vocational
training, start ups, home ownership and other areas - to re-build
ladders of opportunity for bright youngsters from humble backgrounds. I
wrote about the paper for The Sunhere,
and The Sunday Timeshere.
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