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  • March 1, 2003

    Genetically Modified Food

    In the months ahead in Parliament the subject of genetically modified (GM) foods will again be raised. Having recently been on a political lecture tour in mainland Europe it is also clear that the current unease of many European leaders towards American foreign policy will have a profound on the GM …
  • February 12, 2003

    Beware The So-called Experts

    There’s never a dull day here in Parliament. Certainly, you learn something new every day. Have you ever heard of kava kava? I must admit my first notion was that it was the name of some Indonesian island or perhaps a new dance craze of which I had yet to become aware. So when I […]
  • February 1, 2003

    Facing Up To The Aids Threat

    Much is being said in the country at the moment about the important potential loss of life in any war with Iraq. But little is being made of the fact that more than 8,000 people are dying every day of HIV/AIDS throughout the world. The virus is now truly a global phenomenon but because our […]
  • January 30, 2003

    Learning From Constituents

    Whenever constituents ask me about life as an MP, many think it must be very exciting to meet such a diverse range of people in my everyday life. Alternatively, others say that the one thing they would hate most in my position is having to be on one’s best behaviour at all times whenever meeting […]
  • January 22, 2003

    Shaping London’s Future

    Central London was somewhat lacking in good cheer during this New Year with Trafalgar Square closed to merrymakers and no fireworks but the boundaries of good cheer now face major challenges during 2003. Two major bills are coming before parliament this year in the form of the Licensing Bill and th…
  • January 15, 2003

    Gun Control

    The New Year started with one of those brutal acts that still has a capacity to shock the entire nation. The savage gunning down of two teenagers at a party in Birmingham by young men armed with sub-machine guns brought home to many the growing violence that exists in parts of our inner cities and […]
  • January 3, 2003

    The Crossrail Project

    London’s public transport system is unacceptably poor. For such an important economic, political and cultural global city the continuous problems with its transport infrastructure undermine the capacity of all Londoners, and especially its businesses, to go about their everyday lives with any sort o…
  • January 3, 2003

    Human Rights Commission

    The now infamous New Year shooting of two young women in Birmingham has created a picture of anarchy in some of our inner city areas. Many of the comments from Birmingham community leaders, activists against violence and friends of the family of the victims formed a fearful picture of a breakdown o…
  • December 1, 2002

    Terrorism

    As this year moves towards its end it is a sad fact to have to record that the most used word in the House of Commons during 2002 has been terrorism. But it is surprising to me just how many people fail to recognise that terrorism thrives most commonly in democratic countries. The freedom fighter […]
  • November 1, 2002

    The Drugs Debate

    During recent months I have carried out a survey amongst my constituents for their views on the possible future decriminalisation of illegal drugs such as cannabis. From the early responses it has been clear that amongst the public there continues to be a great deal of uncertainty about the subjec…