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Category: Freedom & Security

  • February 10, 2017

    The crackdown on encryption threatens to undermine London’s fintech boom

    Mark wrote the following article for today’s City AM. To read online, click here. Talk of calamity befalling corporate Britain as we negotiate our EU exit is typically overblown. Nevertheless there is a potentially serious conflict in the making between the UK government’s stated desire to maintain access to certain online data for reasons of […]
  • March 15, 2016

    Investigatory Powers Bill

      I prepared the following speech for Second Reading of the Investigatory Powers Bill. It may be that I will not get the chance to speak so will hope to make these points at Report Stage instead. In the admittedly short history of pre-legislative scrutiny, surely no prospective law has been through the mill as […]
  • January 27, 2016

    National security – the referendum dimension

    Understandably political commentators and Eurosceptic MPs alike have been obsessing over the contents of the Prime Minister’s November letter to European Council President, Donald Tusk. According to taste, the famous four ‘baskets’ have displayed the breadth or paucity of the UK government’s renegotiation ambitions. Yet in a speech to Chatham House three days earlier David […]
  • January 10, 2016

    Drone warfare opens up a legal minefield

    Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, have proved devastatingly effective. Militarily their use has assisted in expelling al-Qaeda from large tracts of Pakistan and Yemen. Politically they have allowed the US for some years now to pursue strategic objectives without needing to put boots on the ground in an era when there is little appetite from […]
  • December 3, 2015

    The UK needs to insure itself better against the cyber-terrorist threat

    In the week after the devastating atrocities in Paris, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that infiltration of our online infrastructure ranks alongside “guns, bombs and knives” as a terrorist threat against which the UK needs urgently to defend itself. Elevating cyberterrorism in such a public manner, backed up with commendably generous financial resources for […]
  • December 2, 2015

    Syria Vote

    Many residents have written to Mark in recent days about today’s vote on military action in Syria. We are striving to respond to everyone as quickly as possible with the following reply, which sets out Mark’s views: Dear Fellow Resident, Thank you for your email regarding the UK’s potential involvement in military action in Syria. Let me […]
  • November 3, 2015

    Data protection – can UK exceptionalism take hold?

    At the heart of the political and ethical tensions over the government’s draft Investigatory Powers legislation to be published later this week is the issue of judicial authorisation. In a democracy, who should decide the extent of operational powers exercised by our intelligence services in pursuit of national security? Historically the UK has regarded this […]
  • September 10, 2015

    The Refugee Crisis Sweeping Europe

    Deeply seared in the collective German psyche is the memory of the nine million or so displaced ethnic German civilians as the Second World War drew to a close. As the boundaries of post-Third Reich Germany were redrawn at the Potsdam Conference of 1945, so a tide of human refugees was forced westwards from modern […]
  • November 10, 2014

    Why I will be voting for the European Arrest Warrant later today

    Mark wrote the following piece for prominent political blog, ConservativeHome, explaining why he is in favour of the UK remaining signed up to the European Arrest Warrant. To read online, click http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2014/11/mark-field-why-i-will-be-voting-for-the-european-arrest-warrant-later-today.html  Later today, I will be voting for the United Kingdom to remain part of the Arrest Warrant and other important measures which help our […]
  • July 17, 2014

    The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill

    I take the balancing of security, privacy and democratic freedom extremely seriously. Throughout my political career I have shown a healthy wariness towards the power of the state – though it is of course vital that government be proactive if it is to keep citizens safe in this dangerous and volatile world.   With these […]