Monday, 23 March 2015

Grilled by Rowan Girls

With the election looming, I have had a lot of requests to talk to schools and colleges about what happens, what I actually do within the election period, and my take on the national picture. On Friday, I popped into Rowan preparatory school in Claygate, to talk to their Year 6 girls.

They are an exceptionally bright and curious bunch. I spoke and took questions for around an hour - on everything from whether the Queen is more important than the Prime Minister (now there's a curve ball!) to tax cuts. All in all, it was good prep for the election hustings!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

BBC School Report

Over the last week, I have been interviewed by pupils attending various different local schools, as part of the BBC School Report inititaive. It encourages budding young journalists to conduct interviews - not necessarily with MPs - and publish their films online.

Today, it was the turn of Year 8 students at Hinchley Wood School, who gave me a grilling on getting youngsters more engaged in politics, the government's free schools policy, changes to the school curriculum, and the prospects for online voting. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

A Broke Budget for the Little Guy

I have written a column today for City AM on how the Chancellor's Budget should spark a second wave of the consumer revolution.

You can read it here.
Friday, 13 March 2015

Kingston Hospital Dining Companions

Today, I met up with Elizabeth Meatyard who set up Kingston Hospital Dining Companions. The initiative aims to provide patients at Kingston Hospital some companionship and help with eating at meal times.

There is a rota for volunteers, so the commitment is scaleable, and the program has increased from 30 to around 300 volunteers. It means imobile or elderly patients get some practical help with simple things (for example, removing wrappers around meals) as well as a some friendly company.

It's a great idea, and if you might be interested in getting involved with this or any of the other volunteering projects at Kingston hispital, please click here for further details.

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