October 22, 2013
Today in the main chamber, MPs debate the Immigration Bill. Meanwhile, in Westminster Hall Priti Patel MP has tabled a debate on immigration. I paste below the contribution I wish to make to these debates. ‘Net migration cut by a third’ has become a key campaigning mantra in recent months for the Conservative Party and […]
June 17, 2013
‘Immigration cut by a third.’ This was the message that proudly dropped into the inboxes of Conservative members the week before last as Home Secretary, Theresa May, publicised her department’s achievements. It coincided with my office dealing with a particularly depressing immigration case. Last September, a constituent brought her new, non-EU national husband to the […]
January 28, 2013
Along with local constituents, Mark was deeply shocked to learn of the stabbing of a teenage boy that took place last night on Lupus Street, Pimlico. Police were called to the scene at 18.50 however the sixteen year-old boy, a local constituent and Pimlico Academy student, sadly died at 20.45 in a south London hospital. […]
November 30, 2012
It’s the demographics, stupid. This is truly the thread that links November’s re-election of an incumbent US President and a series of disappointingly poor Conservative performances in parliamentary contests. In opposition, David Cameron rightly observed that the presentation of immigration policy needs to be handled with care. It must NEVER be ‘too hot to handle’, […]
November 22, 2012
Mark Field is the MP for the Cities of London & Westminster and currently serves as a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee. In the battle to keep British citizens safe and our streets secure, we rely on intelligence not just from UK agents but from those of our allies too. That intelligence gathering […]
February 7, 2012
The growth of the internet is the defining technological change of this generation. Not only has it transformed the way we communicate, socialise, transact, consume, but it has linked the world in ways seemingly unimaginable even a decade ago. The inevitable impact on the political sphere was clear for all to see last year. The Arab Spring, the rapid coordination of global protest movements, the London riots, the continued dramatic, debilitating drip of Wikileaks – these events were not necessarily foreseen, but they were in part facilitated, and certainly enormously
July 12, 2011
Mark was asked by the Guardian's Comment is Free editor to provide his take on the Met's role in the News International phone hacking scandal. His comments are below: It is hard to imagine how the Metropolitan police can continue to oversee the ongoing News International phone-hacking inquiry. At least not while assistant commissioner John Yates remains in post. That is not to be critical of his performance before the Home Office select committee. Indeed, as one might expect of such senior former officers, Ian Blair, Peter Clarke and even the more earthy Andy Hayman, held their own as credible witnesses....
June 7, 2011
Four short years ago, Britain reflected upon the 200th anniversary of the 1807 Abolition of Slavery Act. At that time, amidst all the self-congratulatory celebration, I suggested our renewed focus should be on refreshing our resolve in tackling the modern equivalent of slavery: human trafficking. Last month I was able to initiate a parliamentary debate on this issue and set out the extent of the current day blight (the full debate can be read here). Human trafficking involves the recruitment, transfer and harbouring of men, women and children so that they can be exploited for forced labour, sexual services or domestic servitude...
March 28, 2011
As the local constituency MP for central London, I share much of the disgust felt by any right thinking person following the violence and damage to property perpetrated by a small minority of breakaway protestors during the Trade Union Congress (TUC) march on Saturday. Whilst the organisers attempted to evoke the spirit of the suffragettes and civil rights movement I suspect the vast majority of the British public will remember the protests for the violent scenes and wanton criminal damage.
December 10, 2010
The tuition fees furore has successfully crowded out widespread media coverage of another potential coalition fault line – law and order. Earlier this week Justice Secretary Ken Clarke announced his ambition to cut prison numbers through flexible sentencing and promoting rehabilitation programmes. He also aspires to scrap minimum sentences for murder and reverse a previous policy position to impose mandatory jail terms for knife crime...