Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Should prisoners have the right to vote?

In this month's issue of Prospect magazine I debate prisoner voting with Liberty boss, Shami Chakrabati.

It's a lively discussion, which you can read in full here.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Building More Affordable Homes

Today, I caught up with Dilip Kavi, Ian Watts, Chris Whelan and Rachael Smart from Paragon Community Housing Group, who provide affordable housing across the borough. We discussed a range of local issues in Elmbridge, including their plans to build more affordable homes, the mix of stock (including rental and part-owned), the recent flooding, handling of neighbour disputes, the potential impact of an interest rate rise, and wider community initiatives they are involved in via their subsidiary Elmbridge Housing Trust.
 
I was grateful for the thorough briefing, and we visited the ongoing development of new affordable homes at Field Common in Walton, which is helping rejuvenate the local neighbourhood. There is a huge amount of work going on locally, both to provide more affordable homes and strengthen local community spirit. Paragon are playing a key role in both.
 


Monday, 4 August 2014

Meeting Walton Stroke Group

August is a great time to catch up with the many civic and charitable groups we have across the borough. Today, I went and chatted to Walton Stroke Group, at the invitation of their Vice Chair, Max Jefford.
 
Walton Stroke Group is a fabulous local group, primarily focused on Walton and Hersham, and provides support and advice to those recovering from strokes and their carers. They organise social activities, outings, exercise classes, bingo, bowling, computer classes and much more.
 
They meet at Walton Day Centre, where I popped along today to talk to them about the role of an MP - and answer their questions (as pictured below). They grilled me on everything from MP's pay to EU reform, with both wit and wisdom! They are a great group, and I really appreciated the invitation.
 

Friday, 25 July 2014

Encouraging Young Girls to Stick with School

On 18 October 2014, Ida Horner of Let Them Help Themselves Out of Poverty is coordinating a fund-raising ball at St Andrews Church in Walton, as part of their efforts to support the local community in Ruhanga, Uganda.
 
In particular, they are now focused on raising money for a separate girls' toilet and shower block at the local school (pictured below), so they can enjoy basic sanitation with some dignity. It's a great initiative, so please support it if you feel able. For more details on the charity and what it's trying to achieve, click here.
 

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