month has been dominated by brighter economic news in the lead up to
the Chancellor's autumn statement. I have been scurrying around
locally, picking up insights from local entrepreneurs, and feeding into
the national debate on economic policy.
On Remembrance Sunday, the local community paid its respects
our armed services, with moving tributes across Elmbridge.
Esher Neighbourhood Fund has also launched a local consultation to find
a new Chair - all interested applicants welcome!
This will be my final e-bulletin of the year (the next one will be sent
out at the end
of January). So, I wish you all a very merry Christmas - and a peaceful
and prosperous new year in 2014.
MP for Esher and Walton
Dom Joins Enterprise Elmbridge Fair
Sunday 10 November, Elmbridge paid its respects to those who fell
defending their country, as well as those still serving in the
military. I was honoured
to lay a wreath at the war memorial in Esher and deliver a reading at
Christ Church opposite, as blogged here
and reported here.
It is always a moving occasion, and this year was no different.
the run up to the Chancellor's autumn statement - or mini-budget - I
have been picking up local insights at the Enterprise Elmbridge Fair
(as blogged here),
Walton's new digital hub (as blogged here),
and retailers on Bridge Street (also in Walton). Business rates was a
major local gripe.
Around this time of year, with all the local festivities, it can be a
real struggle to control the consumption of mince pies. I had the
privilege of turning on the Christmas lights in Esher, at a fabulous
event organised by Esher Business Guild, as reported here.
Finally, the Esher Neighbourhood Fund - which I blogged about
over the Summer here
- is looking for a new Chair to lead its efforts to
for worthy local community initiatives. If you know anyone who may be
interested, please drop me a line.
Westminster, I have been taking a closer interest in education policy,
having been elected to the Education Select Committee. It is a good
opportunity to combine greater engagement in national policy-making
affecting local schools' issues, while developing a better feel for
issues around social mobility. I asked the Education Secretary
about headteacher autonomy at Education Questions here. I
pressed the Justice Secretary about the shifting goal-posts of human
and - with the Immigration Bill under scrutiny - continue to campaign
for deportation reform, as reported here
As part of the Fresh Start Project (a group of over 100 Tory MPs
working on a blueprint for revising the UK-EU relationship), I have
been scrutinising the mission creep of the European Court of Justice,
as reported here.
I also teamed up with Andrea Leadsom MP to write a column for the Sunday Times,
setting out what we'd
like to see in any renegotiated UK-EU deal. You can access the column here.
state of the
economy has dominated UK politics over the last month, in the
up to the Chancellor's sensible and sound autumn statement on 5
December. I wrote a report, Ease the
Squeeze, for the Centre for
Policy Studies setting out a
road-map towards a lower debt, lower tax, economy. You can read the
I made the case for easing the tax burden on the 'squeezed middle' in
articles for The Timeshere
and the Mail
- and set out my proposed strategy in broad terms on Con Home here.
I debated tax-cutting priorities with Lib Dem President Tim
Farron on Radio 4 here
(from 15 minutes), and discussed stamp duty and income tax 'fiscal
drag' on the BBC as reported here.
backlash against allegations of unchecked surveillance by the US
National Security Agency and the UK's GCHQ also continued. I spoke in
the Parliamentary debate, the transcript of which was published by The Guardianhere.
I debated the questions of accountability and transparency on the BBC's
Finally, I contributed to a book of essays and interviews on the case
for a UK Sergei Magntisky law, compiled by French journalist, Elana
Servettaz, as blogged here
and reported by The Independenthere.
And, as a related matter, I am looking at reform of Interpol's red flag
notice system, which has been used and abused by unsavoury governments
- including Russia's - to hound UK nationals. The Economist
picked up on the
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