Nadhim Zahawi

Conservative Member of Parliament for Stratford-on-Avon

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.
We All Know What Brexit

We All Know What Brexit Means

It is clear what Brexit 'means'. It means that our Government, and our voters will decide on the policies that affect our everyday lives. There will be no immovable 'Brexit Britain', but a democracy with politicians accountable to the voters, for both success and failure... Ultimately Brexit means trusting our democracy and trusting ourselves to find the right path to a brighter future, and to know when to change course too. It is now up to all of us, whether we voted leave or remain, to take part, scrutinise and put forward alternatives to a process that will not end when a deal is signed. Democracy can never end with a final agreement, with 'mandatory' policies, on Europe or any other issue. This is what Brexit means.
27/09/2016 08:43 BST
Conservatives Must Now Unite Behind Theresa

Conservatives Must Now Unite Behind Theresa May

Boris took the right and brave decision of announcing that he will not stand. This is a disappointment to those who backed him, but a testament to a man of character, honour and dignity - and a stark contrast to the awful sight of a Labour leader clinging on to his position even if it will tear his party apart. I have been convinced today by Theresa May that she is the one to deliver.
30/06/2016 18:27 BST
The Modern Conservative Party Will Always Unashamedly Back Social

The Modern Conservative Party Will Always Unashamedly Back Social Mobility

I am sure that schools such as Eton continue to provide an excellent education and enable their students to have wonderful careers, and make a real contribution to society. But it would be a grave misunderstanding to view these measures as attacking these schools, or punishing students for choices made by their parents.
30/05/2016 15:03 BST
Why There's Never Been a Better Time to Get Involved With

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

Growing the numbers of apprenticeships in this country is an issue close to my heart. I remember when hiring staff in my own business, the most important thing I looked for on a CV was experience, not just paper qualifications. Being able to see the knowledge and expertise a young person has gained from learning on the job can really help a business find the right candidate for the role.
14/05/2016 08:04 BST
Atrocities Such as Brussels May Make Us Pause - But They Must Never Make Us

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

This is the world we live in, and perhaps it is right that we are more aware of how vulnerable we are. However although this reality may make us pause, it must not make us stop. We must mourn those who have died, provide help and solidarity to those who have survived, and track down all perpetrators of this evil. But we must also carry on as normal, be who we are, and be the society that we are... So we must stand up, one and all and be counted. We are Paris, we are Brussels, and we are Britain. We are united by a culture that is the best, the most free and the most successful on the planet. We should say it and we should be prepared to defend it. And I hope that we will.
23/03/2016 16:35 GMT
Three Big Reasons Why You Can Make a Difference by Voting

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

In five years we've taken the difficult decisions we told people were necessary to turn this country around. That plan is working. There are now record numbers of people in work, living standards are rising as wages start to outpace inflation, the deficit has been halved as a share of the economy.
06/05/2015 17:53 BST
No Short-Term Giveaway Will Provide as Much as a Long-Term

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

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 Britain the most prosperous of any major economy.
18/03/2015 16:51 GMT
Miliband Offers Falsehoods, Not

Miliband Offers Falsehoods, Not Hope

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.
06/01/2015 09:32 GMT
Autumn Statement 2014: Charting a Course to

Autumn Statement 2014: Charting a Course to Prosperity

Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of the British people we've come a long way from Labour's Great Recession. This year's Autumn Statement was about seeing the job through and laying the foundations for future prosperity. I'm proud to support it.
04/12/2014 08:10 GMT
A Vision for the Future and a Plan to Deliver

A Vision for the Future and a Plan to Deliver It

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."
03/10/2014 16:05 BST
Supporting the

Supporting the Makers

The economy is healing, but we need to cement the recovery by encouraging and supporting our great British businesses. That's why the Chancellor is supporting businesses that are making things and selling them to the world... This was truly a budget for the doers and the makers.
20/03/2014 09:25 GMT
Red Ed's Back With a

Red Ed's Back With a Vengeance

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 the global race? In short, no. But he will keep his shirt on whilst on holiday, so that's alright then.
24/09/2013 17:49 BST
Irresponsible Bankers Should Be

Irresponsible Bankers Should Be Jailed

Bank bosses get paid megabucks on the understanding that their decisions on direction and strategy are responsible for the success of the whole firm. I'm happy to see success rewarded, but the flipside of this system must be that bad decisions have consequences too.
20/06/2013 08:39 BST
If We Want Smarter Aid, Start With

If We Want Smarter Aid, Start With Nutrition

At a time when across the developed world public finances are under pressure, we must ensure our aid investments are cost-effective. Tackling child malnutrition could add $125 billion to the global economy each year by 2030. Yet only 0.37 per cent of aid globally is spent directly on tackling the problem. This is clearly a missed opportunity.
29/05/2013 09:48 BST
A Queen's Speech for the People of

A Queen's Speech for the People of Britain

For me it was a speech that showed that after three years in coalition our resolve to do what is right for this country has not left us, and whilst a Queen's Speech is not the place for economic and fiscal policy, it also showed that we are still committed to our central task.
10/05/2013 13:08 BST

Budget 2013

For me as an ex business owner and entrepreneur one of the most important aspects of any budget is how it helps our business sector grow. In my view the budget delivered yesterday by the Chancellor is one that is great for business.
21/03/2013 11:04 GMT
An Autumn Statement for

An Autumn Statement for Business

A return to on trend growth will only come through an increase in the private sector which is why I welcome the Chancellor's announcements today to help boost British business.
05/12/2012 17:48 GMT
Leveson: We Need to Consider a Statute-Backed

Leveson: We Need to Consider a Statute-Backed System

The press have to set up the new system and why it is the press and no one else that must develop an independent regulatory regime that will adhere to the Leveson Principles. It isn't for the Prime Minister, the Cabinet or even Parliament to tell them how to do it.
29/11/2012 17:07 GMT