June 24, 2011
Few Tory MPs attending constituency events nowadays avoid being buttonholed – often by the most Conservative-minded person present – and harangued about the government’s stance on overseas aid. Not so long ago we were typically being swamped by campaign emails imploring government to commit 0.7% of GDP to overseas aid. These days the usual line is: I am appalled that the government is increasing the aid budget while cutting elsewhere. Why are we giving money to the likes of India, which has a space programme, and African countries, where the fruits .
May 30, 2011
Mark is currently the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Azerbaijan and in Whitsun recess, led a delegation of MPs and members of the House of Lords to Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital city. The UK is the largest Western investor in Azerbaijan and the APPG is keen to strengthen relations between our two nations. Whilst Azerbaijan is known primarily for its reserves of oil and gas, the... .
May 5, 2011
The violent death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of US forces on the first day of the month in some respects neatly closes the final chapter of a decade-long story. Journalistic speculation aside, it is impossible yet to grasp the wider consequences. Bin Laden’s potency may for some years have been symbolic rather than operational. But his death provides an equally symbolic victory to the United States as a pictorial counterpart to the iconic image of passenger jets piercing the Twin Towers. .
March 21, 2011
Mark appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Westminster Hour’ programme last night and in the course of his interview with Carolyn Quinn he spoke about the enforcement of a No-Fly Zone by UN forces in Libya. The following is an expanded version of his views…
February 2, 2011
Few would confidently predict the outcome of events in Egypt. The twin effects of 24/7 media coverage and the fact that so many Britons of all age groups have been tourists to that country brings into sharper focus the unfolding drama on the streets of Cairo and Alexandria. Many Western politicians have traded platitudes about the need to promote democratic reform. The stark truth is that the authoritarian President Mubarak has for these past 29 years been a puppet of Western governments, which have turned a blind eye to his internal repression for so long as Egypt has remained a loyal trading partner
July 9, 2010
Mark was invited to speak at a NATO conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, on financial security during the global crisis. Below is the speech he made. Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. It is a great pleasure for me to address the NATO International School of Azerbaijan in Baku on the subject of Financial Security. In addition to my normal duties as a Member of Parliament I am also currently Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group...
February 11, 2008
Over the past weeks the world has watched in open-mouthed horror as scenes of violence and anarchy have been played out on the once tranquil streets of Kenya. A country regarded as peaceable and stable by African standards, synonymous with balmy beach holidays and breathtaking wildlife safaris, has given way to a chaos more […]