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Category: Archive

  • June 5, 2008

    Climate Change Bill

    From time to time an almost religious fervour surrounds a political idea. A consensus emerges about its importance which relegates to the margins any sensible or open discussion about the issue. Almost a decade ago the impact of the millennium bug on conventional computer systems was one such idea. All the experts were united – […]
  • June 5, 2008

    Sleeping Rough In The Square Mile

    Living as we do in this city centre constituency where the enormously wealthy live cheek by jowl with some of the poorest, most disenfranchised in our society, I believe we are confronted more regularly than most by the issues surrounding rough sleeping. Many of us may be particularly familiar with rough sleeping in the Westminster […]
  • May 27, 2008

    Supermarkets: A Free Market Success

    Supermarkets are one of this country’s success stories. The Competition Commission has recently completed its third full-scale inquiry into supermarkets in the last eight years and given them a thumbs-up on most issues. The Commission’s most recent investigation sought to establish whether consumers are receiving the benefits of vigorous competition. After about 550 submissions, 65 […]
  • May 27, 2008

    Burma & China: Dealing With Disaster

    In December 2004 the tsunami disaster in the Far East showed that the community of nations had the capacity to work closely together to help regions hit by a natural disaster and rebuild its infrastructure. Global conflicts and disagreements were put to one side. By not speaking strongly against the supermarkets the report was consigned […]
  • May 15, 2008

    Mark Meets Local Campaigners

    Mark Field, MP for Cities of London and Westminster, joined Lord Walton today at the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Parliamentary Reception to meet local campaigners and lobby the government to improve specialist services for people with neuromuscular conditions. It is estimated that 1 in 1000 people in the constituency are living with muscle disease and the […]
  • May 14, 2008

    Free Legal Advice Clinic

    Ms Maria Gonzalez-Merello, a Cities of London & Westminster constituent, runs a voluntary legal clinic every Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm at St. George’s Cathedral. Southwark, London, SE1 7HY. Ms Gonzalez-Merello is a barrister at Holborn Chambers and her clinic offers free legal advice on problems encountered by the Latino community particularly those […]
  • April 23, 2008

    Mark Joins Sir George To Celebrate Music

    Cities of London and Westminster MP, Mark Field, joined Sir George Martin and Minister for Young People, Kevin Brennan MP, this afternoon to celebrate the work of the Young Persons Concert Foundation (YPCF). The YPCF is a unique music charity which aims to help young people appreciate and enjoy music. Since it was established in […]
  • April 16, 2008

    Not A Day More Than 28

    The government pushed for 90 days, compromised on 28, since tried for 56 and now presses for 42. The time for which the police can detain a terrorist suspect without charge has remained a controversial issue since the laws were changed in 2005. Back then, the Commons rejected the government’s proposal for 90 day detention […]
  • April 8, 2008

    Mark Visits Peabody Properties

    Mark met Steve Howlett, Chief Executive of the Peabody Trust, and members of his team this morning to visit some of the constituency’s Peabody estates and examine the work the Trust is doing to upgrade homes in the area. The Peabody Trust (formerly the Peabody Donation Fund) was set up in 1862 by American philanthropist, […]
  • March 27, 2008

    Bear Stearns Is A Lesson To Us All

    The Bear Stearns’ takeover by JP Morgan shows what can be achieved if there are banking authorities able to operate with the fleetness of foot necessary in today’s world of instant communications in global financial services. The comparisons between the quick fire takeover last week of the US investment bank, Bear Stearns, in the US […]