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Category: London

  • 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 […]
  • July 1, 2016

    Why I’m getting involved with the Youth Violence Commission

    Vicky Foxcroft, Labour MP for Lewisham Deptford, has set up a cross-party commission seeking to tackle youth violence. Below, Mark sets out why he’s signed up to be part of the team. To find out more about the Youth Violence Commission and its work visit: http://www.youthviolencecommission.org/ Youth and gang violence in my constituency, Cities of London and […]
  • May 5, 2016

    London – a global city whose future hangs in the balance

    Labour’s mayoral candidate declared this week that the capital was changing for the worse. This was a surprisingly glum view from someone aspiring to represent a cosmopolitan city that is the beating heart of the global economy, bursting with creative energy and life in all its forms. Yes, there are massive challenges for London to […]
  • December 18, 2015

    Time for radicalism to address London’s housing crisis?

    Mark wrote the following piece on housing for City AM. You can read the article on their site by clicking here. It is also pasted below: As MP for the most central London constituency since 2001, I cannot recall a time when housing issues have not dominated my postbag. No surprise, perhaps, when UK buyers […]
  • November 19, 2015

    Time for radicalism to address London’s housing crisis?

    As a central London MP for fourteen years, I cannot recall a time when housing issues have not dominated my postbag. No surprise, perhaps. I represent the heart of a vibrant and enthralling metropolis, where UK citizens compete for a limited supply of homes with a global citizenry who come to London to make or […]
  • November 3, 2015

    Housing and Planning Bill

    Yesterday the Housing and Planning Bill had its Second Reading in the House of Commons. I had planned to speak but due to the level of interest among MPs in contributing to the debate, I was not able to get in. I paste below the speech I had intended to make and will now plan […]
  • October 15, 2015

    Broadband Success!

    For many months now, Mark has been ferociously lobbying both BT and the Secretary of State to wake up to the problem of poor superfast broadband coverage in Central London. In fact last year he tabled a parliamentary debate specifically on this subject after receiving countless representations from constituents fed up with the inability to […]
  • September 14, 2015

    Corbyn’s Capital City Effect

    It is perhaps with a sense of deserved satisfaction that many of us Conservatives watched the unseemly civil war break out in the Labour Party this summer. After all, we have had plenty of our own moments of public soul-searching in the years that followed Tony Blair’s resounding 1997 victory. The neurotic (and ultimately unsuccessful) […]