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  • July 5, 2017

    Westminster Hall debate on the Commemoration of the Srebrenica Genocide

    Mark responded on behalf of the Government to a Westminster Hall debate regarding the Srebrenica genocide commemoration. Mark’s contribution to the debate as the responding Minister from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is pasted below. If you would like to read the full debate, you can do so by following this by clicking here   The Minister for […]
  • July 4, 2017

    Westminster Hall debate on Persecution of Christians and the Role of UK Embassies

    In his new role as Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mark responded on behalf of the Government to a Westminster Hall debate regarding the persecution of Christians and the role of UK embassies around the world. Mark’s response to the debate can be found below and if you would like to review […]
  • June 19, 2017

    Disparity in the central London property market

    Following on from Paul Goodman’s piece on Con Home (which you can find here) the severe shortage of affordable properties in the centre of our great city has again reared its head following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower and the debate surrounding the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ in central London. Properties bought up by non-UK […]
  • June 16, 2017

    The potential impact of the election result on the Brexit negotiation strategy

    Understandably, the inconclusive result of the snap General Election has led to calls from many quarters for a re-evaluation of the government’s tone and direction in the opening of formal Brexit negotiations and in the months ahead.  Following the election, I was probably the first Conservative MP to publically call for a much more compromising approach […]
  • June 12, 2017

    My view on the proposed Conservative-DUP arrangement

    In response to several constituents who have got in touch with me expressing their heartfelt concerns about the proposed supply and confidence deal between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party, I wish to set out my own thoughts on the prospective arrangement. After the inconclusive outcome of last Thursday’s General Election it is imperative […]
  • March 30, 2017

    Bring it on: How Britain can master the long journey out of the EU

    Mark wrote the below piece following the triggering of Article 50 which appeared in today’s City AM. So little of the frenetic energy expended since the Brexit vote last summer has focused on any strategic thinking about the type of Britain that will emerge from the EU in just two years’ time. But there has […]
  • March 28, 2017

    How Brexit could benefit the City and the EU

    Mark wrote the following article which appeared in today’s Daily Telegraph. Not long after the referendum, DExEU Ministers asked the City’s leading lights to set out on two sides of A4 what they most wanted from Brexit negotiations. I am told what followed was hour upon hour of pained debate as London’s masters of finance […]
  • March 24, 2017

    There is no cause for complacency – but we mustn’t be alarmist about the Westminster attack

    Mark wrote the following piece for this morning’s City AM in the aftermath of Wednesday’s attack in Westminster. He wishes to thank all those constituents who have written to express their condolences over the five innocent people who lost their lives, and solidarity with him and the team for the work they do in Westminster. […]
  • March 15, 2017

    Don’t panic – but remember Brexit will be a tough political process

    Everyone benefits from free trade. For years now the UK has had a persistently large trade deficit with the EU, which by rights should make Europe more amenable to doing a ‘business as usual’ Brexit deal with us. If only life were so logical our Brexit negotiations would run smoothly and full future access would […]
  • March 8, 2017

    Pakistan Tech Powerhouse Speech

    Mark was asked to speak at the UK Trade Partnership Conference on building strong bilateral links in the tech industry between the UK and Pakistan. You can find the content of his speech pasted below.   Thank you for inviting me to speak today and as a fanatical football fan may I first congratulate the […]