Davey welcomes extra funding for Kingston Hospital's "superb maternity services"

Kingston Hospital has been awarded extra funding to develop new maternity services where there are complications and where women are particularly vulnerable.

£700 tax cut promised, £800 delivered

The Budget has confirmed victory for the Liberal Democrats in our campaign to deliver an £800 tax cut for people on low and middle incomes.

Tesco withdraws Tolworth application – what next?

The news that Tesco has withdrawn its planning application to build a large supermarket by Tolworth roundabout has inevitably led to the question – so what happens now?

Gas profits

My post in Lib Dem Voice

Last year I asked Ofgem, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) & the new Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to start producing annual competition assessments which will look at the way energy companies operate in detail.  They will also set out any actions they deem necessary.

Campaign success, campaign update

Surbiton Post Office Modernisation and Surbiton station rezoning

In wishing everyone a “Happy New Year”, I’d like to update you on two of my long running local campaigns. From improving the service at local post offices to rezoning Kingston and Surbiton train stations, I think 2014 will be an interesting and critical year.

Keeping down household energy bills

Yesterday, I outlined why Labour’s energy policies would be bad for consumers, bad for tackling climate change and risk the lights going out.

Labour's energy policy is a con

“There is no such thing as a free lunch” was one of the first things I learnt in economics. But it seems that Ed Miliband thinks there is. He seems to believe that you can have freeze energy prices for 20 months with no adverse impacts. It may have seemed a politically smart thing to do leading into the traditional period of energy price increases.

A Million Jobs for a Stronger Economy

The last few months have bought much better news on the economy – and best of all, the good news on job creation continues.

Growth figures are up – with the IMF upgrading its growth forecast for the UK, above key competitors like Germany and France. Household incomes are up too.

Sound the alarm on local primary school places

The shortage of primary school places is in the news – again.

The last time was around 2008, when Kingston and most London Boroughs began to experience a large unexpected rise in demand. The latest figures show the trend has continued. In fact, this time it’s affecting more areas of the country.

Air pollution and you

We’ve got too complacent about air pollution in the UK. After we got rid of London’s “pea-soupers”, smog and the like, today’s air pollution is much less visible, but it can be just as dangerous.

And for once I’m not talking about climate change and greenhouse gases (though I could include those too).

Green jobs, cleaner energy, keeping the lights on and bills down

The Energy Bill returns to the House of Commons tomorrow. It’s a crucial Bill that will help deliver all of the above, but clearly one issue – the 2030 decarbonisation target for the power sector – has been the focus of much attention over the last few months.

Europe must stay ambitious on climate change

There has been a lot of talk over the last few weeks about Britain’s place in Europe, but there’s one thing that I hope we can all agree. We need the EU to help prevent climate change.

Helping consumers to get cheaper energy bills

As we finally emerge from what felt like a never ending winter, many consumers are rightly concerned about the energy bills landing on their doormats.

Good news for Kingston Hospital

Kingston Hospital saw a triple win in May – winning Foundation Trust status, retaining its “Top 40” position in a comparison of all Britain’s NHS hospitals and, best of all, receiving confirmation that it’s A&E and Maternity will stay open, as promised.

Tax and benefits

April saw significant changes to tax and benefits. Some say these are unfair – claiming the rich are benefitting, whilst the poor are taking the hit. Others argue the changes don’t go far enough, saying our welfare system is “broken”.

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