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Category: Freedom & Security

  • September 5, 2017

    Urgent Question on recent violence in Rakhine

    As the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Mark responded on behalf of the Government to an Urgent Question raised in the House following the recent violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma). You can find the full debate in Hansard by clicking here. Mark’s opening statement in response to the Urgent […]
  • July 5, 2017

    Westminster Hall debate on the Commemoration of the Srebrenica Genocide

    Mark responded on behalf of the Government to a Westminster Hall debate regarding the Srebrenica genocide commemoration. Mark’s contribution to the debate as the responding Minister from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is pasted below. If you would like to read the full debate, you can do so by following this by clicking here   The Minister for […]
  • July 4, 2017

    Westminster Hall debate on Persecution of Christians and the Role of UK Embassies

    In his new role as Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mark responded on behalf of the Government to a Westminster Hall debate regarding the persecution of Christians and the role of UK embassies around the world. Mark’s response to the debate can be found below and if you would like to review […]
  • March 24, 2017

    There is no cause for complacency – but we mustn’t be alarmist about the Westminster attack

    Mark wrote the following piece for this morning’s City AM in the aftermath of Wednesday’s attack in Westminster. He wishes to thank all those constituents who have written to express their condolences over the five innocent people who lost their lives, and solidarity with him and the team for the work they do in Westminster. […]
  • 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 […]