Why I'm backing Syed Kamall

I find myself looking at the shortlist for Conservative mayoral candidates with pride. While the four potential candidates represent differing strands of the Conservative tradition any one of them would make an excellent mayor. I know them all, have worked with them all, respect them all.

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Syrian refugees

Transit CampOver the last few years many thousands have died trying to escape from war, persecution or poverty.  Those unnamed and faceless victims have suffocated, starved, frozen, drowned or have simply been murdered by the very traffickers they paid to help them.

Those thousands of people where given a face when we saw the photos of one drowned little boy on a beach in Turkey.

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Changes to strike laws

Camden Town tube station during strikeLast week the government announced proposed changes to UK strike laws.  I have written about this issue in the past and I felt it worth republishing the article again.

This article was first published on the 4th February 2014 in response to strikes on the London Underground network.

"RMT STRIKE, WHO ARE THEY HELPING, WHO ARE THEY HURTING?"

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Digitally enabled businesses in rural Braintree

Speaking in the Parliamentary debate on last week's budget, I praised the growing number of small businesses in Braintree and the surrounding villages and highlightend the important need for strong broadband connectivity.

In my speech I argued that small businesses form the cornerstone of the British economy and highlighted ESco Business Services Ltd as a role model rural business.

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Healthcare in Essex - Your views

nhs-logo_1_.jpgBoth before and since the General Election I have spoken to a number of people who have concerns about the quality and availability of NHS health provision in Essex. 

I have already had meetings with Ben Gummer MP, Minister at the Department of Health, and civil servants about the steps needed to bring about improvements but I also want to ensure that local views are brought to their attention. 

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