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  • October 21, 2008

    Getting A Grip On Immigration

    The government’s immigration policy has resulted in a quadrupling of net immigration since 1997 and the Select Committee on Communities and Local Government said in July that the pressure on resources as a result of this level of immigration ‘increases the risk of community tensions escalating’.As a result, the Conservative Party decided to table their […]
  • October 21, 2008

    Immigration Control

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): It is a pleasure to follow the thought-provoking contribution of the hon. Member for Elmet (Colin Burgon). It has been an interesting debate, which has often been at cross purposes. I will probably have a share of that in my speech today. How...
  • October 20, 2008

    A Growing Gulf?

    As the FA Premier League kicked off for the first time in 1992 no one could have imagined the impact that it would have on football, both nationally and indeed globally. Now in 2008, it is increasingly clear that there is an unprecedented gulf between the top flight in English football and the less glamorous […]
  • October 15, 2008

    Helping London’s Housing Associations

    Mark met representatives today from some of London’s biggest housing associations, the G15, to discuss the impact of the credit crunch and their ideas for a radical overhaul of the social housing landscape. The G15 associations house around one in ten Londoners and manage 410 000 homes in the city. A lack of capital liquidity […]
  • October 14, 2008

    Mark Visits Homestart

    Mark joined the Conservative candidate for Westminster North, Joanne Cash, this morning on a visit to a Home Start project in Church Street to discuss the support they offer families across Westminster. Home Start is the UK’s leading family support charity. Through a network of more than 15 000 trained parent volunteers, the charity supports […]
  • October 9, 2008

    Power Moves Eastwards

    We can all be forgiven for being bewildered by the implications of the turmoil in the global financial markets. Over the past seven months most of the UK’s biggest mortgage lenders – and all of the US investment banks – have ceased to exist as independent entities. We are witnessing the first signs of a […]
  • October 8, 2008

    In Defence Of Capitalism

    These are dangerous times for capitalism and free markets. In the past few weeks we witnessed an unravelling of the global financial system at a speed so breathtaking that even seasoned financial experts have little certainty as to its eventual implications. The political class is reeling. How best to balance the need for swift and […]
  • September 28, 2008

    Mark Sweeps To Football Victory

    The MPs’ team swept to a stunning victory over the journalists’ team at this year’s Football Association quiz at the Conservative Party Conference. Mark along with fellow MPs, Hugh Robertson (Shadow Sports Minister) and Alastair Burt MP (Assistant Chief Whip), formed the quiz dream team and called on the spirit of Bury FC to help […]
  • September 22, 2008

    The State Of The Metropolitan Police

    When one thinks of the Metropolitan Police these days, what description comes to mind? A dynamic, united and responsive police force known primarily for its robust crime-fighting? Or a bloated, divided organisation, paralysed by political correctness whose name seems synonymous with scandal? To the dismay of many of my constituents (or at least those living […]
  • September 18, 2008

    A Year Is A Long Time In Politics

    A year ago this September there was much speculation that the Prime Minister was about to call a General Election. Whatever were his private reasons for not doing so I was convinced that he would avoid the opportunity because of the crisis which was arising at Northern Rock. The phenomenon of the Northern Rock ‘run […]