Nadhim Zahawi
An award winning businessman and co-founder of the polling and market research organisation You Gov, Nadhim Zahawi was elected the Member of Parliament for Stratford on Avon in May 2010. Since becoming an MP Nadhim has been elected onto the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee and has sat on the Energy Bill Committee. In September 2011 he co-authored the bestseller Masters of Nothing: The Crash and how it will happen again unless we understand human nature with fellow MP Matthew Hancock.

Entries by Nadhim Zahawi

Conservatives Must Now Unite Behind Theresa May

(27) Comments | Posted 30 June 2016 | (23:26)

The last week has been one of the longest that politics has seen in decades; crammed full of events and swollen with unpredictability.

Having spent the last few months campaigning to leave the European Union with Boris Johnson, and having seen him connect with members of the public, I...

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The Modern Conservative Party Will Always Unashamedly Back Social Mobility

(4) Comments | Posted 30 May 2016 | (20:02)

It was reported today that the head of Eton, Lord Waldegrave of North Hill has threatened to leave the Conservatives, because of his disagreement with Government policy. He was apparently pushed towards this decision by Matt Hancock's announcement last week of plans to boost social mobility and enhance life chances,...

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Why There's Never Been a Better Time to Get Involved With Apprenticeships

(1) Comments | Posted 14 May 2016 | (00:00)

The launch of the Government's new Get In Go Far advertising campaign for apprenticeships is a very welcome initiative, for both professional and personal reasons.

Growing the numbers of apprenticeships in this country is an issue close to my heart. I remember when hiring staff in my...

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Atrocities Such as Brussels May Make Us Pause - But They Must Never Make Us Stop

(3) Comments | Posted 23 March 2016 | (23:00)

I am writing, again, in response to a devastating terrorist attack aimed at our allies; aimed at all of us. These are attacks that will go down in history, sadly, as one of many. Like the attacks on Paris, once again a country that is so similar to our own,...

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First Conservative Budget in 19 Years Reveals Who the Real Workers' Party Is

(18) Comments | Posted 9 July 2015 | (00:00)

The first Conservative Budget in 19 years reveals who the real workers' party is.

This last election was the most important in a generation. The Coalition rescued Britain from the brink of bankruptcy and then presided over a jobs miracle. Labour risked throwing it all away.

In May, the country...

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Three Big Reasons Why You Can Make a Difference by Voting Conservative

(10) Comments | Posted 7 May 2015 | (00:00)

This is the most important election in a generation. Here are three big reasons why you can make a difference by voting Conservative. We have a track record of delivery, a vision for the future, and a plan to back that vision up.

First, the track record.

Five years ago...

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No Short-Term Giveaway Will Provide as Much as a Long-Term Recovery

(8) Comments | Posted 18 March 2015 | (23:00)

In his last Budget before the election the Chancellor did something unusual. Most pre-election Budgets are characterised by gimmicks, giveaways and unfunded spending commitments, an art perfected by Gordon Brown. This Budget did nothing of the sort. Instead it set out the next steps of our long-term plan to make...

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Miliband Offers Falsehoods, Not Hope

(6) Comments | Posted 5 January 2015 | (23:00)

On Monday, Ed Miliband kicked off his general election campaign with a speech in Salford. One of the lines pre-briefed to the press was that Labour would "offer hope, not falsehoods". Ed then stood up and read out a long list of glaring falsehoods.

We heard that the under the...

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Autumn Statement 2014: Charting a Course to Prosperity

(17) Comments | Posted 3 December 2014 | (23:00)

When we came into Government Ed Balls said that austerity would 'choke off growth'. Ed Miliband predicted that our plans would cost the economy a million jobs. We heard about a double-dip and even a triple-dip recession. Eminent left-wing economists confidently forecast a Japanese-style 'lost decade'.

This year's Autumn Statement...

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A Vision for the Future and a Plan to Deliver It

(4) Comments | Posted 3 October 2014 | (15:28)

This week in Birmingham I seemed to spend a lot of time answering the same question from journalists. "Why is everyone here so upbeat?". My answer was always the same "Because we have a plan - a strategy - we can see it's working, and we're sticking to it."


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Supporting the Makers

(5) Comments | Posted 19 March 2014 | (23:00)

Wednesday's budget was delivered against a backdrop of positive economic news. In the morning the ONS announced that unemployment was down again, that youth employment was up by 43,000 and that there were a record 30.19 million people in work overall. Not only is the economy creating jobs but the...

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The People of Britain Have Proved Labour Wrong - Our Economy Is Turning a Corner

(56) Comments | Posted 5 December 2013 | (23:00)

In the recession of 2008/09 we lost 7.2% of our national income, experiencing one of the sharpest contractions of any major economy. By 2010 Labour were borrowing £158billion a year, meaning one pound in every four they spent was raised by issuing debt. This explains why the last few years...

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Red Ed's Back With a Vengeance

(62) Comments | Posted 25 September 2013 | (00:00)

After more than an hour of listening to Ed Miliband we now know the answer to the big question. Just what would he do if he became Prime Minister?

Would he tackle the deficit with the iron discipline he's previously promised?

Would he ensure Britain is well placed to win...

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Irresponsible Bankers Should Be Jailed

(51) Comments | Posted 20 June 2013 | (00:00)

The report published on Wednesday by the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards is a serious and thoughtful piece of work. Crucially, its key recommendations have cross-party support and a real chance of becoming legislation as amendments to the Financial Services Bill currently before Parliament.

One recommendation that's attracted a great...

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If We Want Smarter Aid, Start With Nutrition

(2) Comments | Posted 29 May 2013 | (00:00)

Earlier this year Britain became the first G8 nation to meet the pledge to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on overseas aid. If you need a reminder of what benefits aid brings to the world, this remake of a classic Monty Python scene is worth a...

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A Queen's Speech for the People of Britain

(9) Comments | Posted 10 May 2013 | (13:08)

As proposer of last year's Humble Address I was lucky enough to get advanced notice of the speech's contents. But this year, with one of my constituency neighbours in the form of the excellent Peter Luff taking on that role, I heard the Government's legislative agenda for the first time...

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Budget 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2013 | (10:24)

While watching the Chancellor deliver the budget yesterday I think I felt the same as many of my colleagues. It was a budget delivered in difficult economic circumstances, but yet one that still delivered for business and the man on the street.
We all know the financial...

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An Autumn Statement for Business

(0) Comments | Posted 5 December 2012 | (16:19)

Alongside the Chancellor's Autumn Statement on Wednesday the OBR's report into the public finances revealed a startling fact; that as a result of the financial crisis our economy shrunk by 6.3% in 2008-09.

It's against this backdrop, of the biggest economic shock to hit our economy since the second world...

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Leveson: We Need to Consider a Statute-Backed System

(0) Comments | Posted 29 November 2012 | (15:58)

I was one of the 42 Conservative MPs who signed a letter calling for a statute-backed system of press regulation. There were many on both sides of the House, and of course our friends in the press who suggested that this approach would see politicians licensing journalists and given the...

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