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  • August 8, 2005

    Embracing The Internet For Democracy

    I make no apologies for returning to the subject of China’s economic transformation because the startling news of that country’s embrace of global communications needs reflection. According to sources within the country the number of internet users in China has risen above 100 million. Only the US …
  • August 1, 2005

    London’s State Of Emergency

    Choice between conflicting views. The choice between differing outlooks. The notion of choice lies at the heart of healthy political debate in a democracy. Equally in times of grave national emergency it is right that the political establishment should, as far as possible, stand together. For my own part I was happy to give my […]
  • July 22, 2005

    Equity Release

    As Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury I have recently been involved with the development of the Finance Services (Land Transactions) Bill which includes new regulations on home reversion or equity release schemes. Equity release allows a home owner to sell all or part of his or her house at…
  • July 10, 2005

    The Events Of 7 July 2005

    Last Thursday morning fourteen people lost their lives in the terrorist atrocities in my constituency at Edgware Road and Aldgate. Whether you live in Bayswater, Bucharest, Beijing or Buenos Aires you will all have heard within minutes of the terrible news of the bomb attacks in central London. F…
  • July 7, 2005

    London’s Olympic Win

    So we won! Now the hard work begins in preparation for London’s Olympics in 2012. As regular readers of my articles will know I am a great sports fan. There is nothing that we sport-followers enjoy more than seeing the underdog beat the favourite (especially if it is the French). I am the first to…
  • July 4, 2005


    After the wall-to-wall coverage of last Saturday’s Live 8 concert in Hyde Park, surely no sensible politician would dare argue against writing off Africa’s colossal Government debt? But I am acutely aware that amidst this outbreak of apparent unanimity across the political divide, it is all the more…
  • July 1, 2005

    The European Union

    As Britain takes on the Presidency of Europe for the next six months this country should take little pleasure at the public bickering and thorough mess that Europe’s politicians are making of the current impasse over Britain’s rebate and the failure to modernise the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)….
  • June 26, 2005

    Teenage Concerns In Westminster

    Recently teenage pupils from two schools in my constituency, Pimlico and Westminster, sent me letters on matters of local concern to them. Obviously the letters were written as part of exercises in class – one set from a Citizenship class in Pimlico School and the other set of letters from Westmins…
  • June 20, 2005

    Marylebone Fire Station

    Since the recent decision by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) to close Manchester Square Fire Station the residents of Marylebone are looking at the prospects of re-opening the station with a privately-funded Marylebone Fire Brigade. The idea is one which may seem difficult…
  • June 9, 2005

    Analysing The Economy

    With the recent General Election gradually fading from most people’s minds it is the economy that is now taking much more public attention especially here in central London. The short-term economic outlook looks less rosy. The picture for the housing market is very flat, consumer spending has reduc…