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Category: London

  • November 7, 2017

    Westminster Street Population Summit

    Cllr Nickie Aiken yesterday chaired a roundtable meeting of numerous local stakeholders including councillors, officials from the Council itself, the Metropolitan Police, local service providers and charities and local businesses to address the pressing issue of rough sleeping and begging, especially in relation to increasing reports of anti-social behaviour in Westminster. We also discussed this […]
  • June 19, 2017

    Disparity in the central London property market

    Following on from Paul Goodman’s piece on Con Home (which you can find here) the severe shortage of affordable properties in the centre of our great city has again reared its head following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower and the debate surrounding the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ in central London. Properties bought up by non-UK […]
  • June 16, 2017

    The potential impact of the election result on the Brexit negotiation strategy

    Understandably, the inconclusive result of the snap General Election has led to calls from many quarters for a re-evaluation of the government’s tone and direction in the opening of formal Brexit negotiations and in the months ahead.  Following the election, I was probably the first Conservative MP to publically call for a much more compromising approach […]
  • March 30, 2017

    Bring it on: How Britain can master the long journey out of the EU

    Mark wrote the below piece following the triggering of Article 50 which appeared in today’s City AM. So little of the frenetic energy expended since the Brexit vote last summer has focused on any strategic thinking about the type of Britain that will emerge from the EU in just two years’ time. But there has […]
  • March 28, 2017

    How Brexit could benefit the City and the EU

    Mark wrote the following article which appeared in today’s Daily Telegraph. Not long after the referendum, DExEU Ministers asked the City’s leading lights to set out on two sides of A4 what they most wanted from Brexit negotiations. I am told what followed was hour upon hour of pained debate as London’s masters of finance […]
  • 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. […]
  • March 8, 2017

    Pakistan Tech Powerhouse Speech

    Mark was asked to speak at the UK Trade Partnership Conference on building strong bilateral links in the tech industry between the UK and Pakistan. You can find the content of his speech pasted below.   Thank you for inviting me to speak today and as a fanatical football fan may I first congratulate the […]
  • February 24, 2017

    London: City of eternal resilience

    Mark wrote the following article for today’s City AM. We have been here before. Seismic political or economic events strike like a tsunami; panic breaks out that London’s position as a leading world city is endangered. It happened in the aftermath of 2008’s financial crisis and it’s happening as Brexit looms. In 2009 the Economist […]
  • December 12, 2016

    Philanthropy in the City – My article from The House magazine

  • August 24, 2016

    Action on nuisance street gamblers – have your say

    Mark is pleased to share the news that, after years of lobbying about the impact of nuisance gamblers on the area, the local authority is taking action. Westminster City Council have announced that they intend to implement Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs)  in specific places where such anti-social behaviour persists.  PSPOs give the police and local […]