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Category: London

  • 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) […]
  • March 2, 2015

    Mark writes for the London Accountant

    Mark was asked to write for the London Accountant about what he would like to see a Conservative government deliver for London after the General Election.  I recall the air of uncertainty that hung over London in the election campaign of 2010. There was a timidity about the city borne of a fear that the […]
  • February 20, 2015

    Superfast broadband coverage in central London

    The release last week of the seat by seat breakdown of superfast broadband connectivity underlined the extent of the problem we face in central London. With a coverage level of just 31% my constituency has by far the lowest superfast broadband connectivity in the whole of the UK. It will come as a surprise to many […]
  • February 16, 2015

    Could a review of council tax be the antidote to Labour’s mansion tax?

    As the New Year dawned, Jim Murphy triumphantly announced that Labour would ‘tax houses in London and the South-East to pay for 1000 new nurses in the Scottish NHS’. The coupling of Labour’s mansion tax policy to its battle-to-the-death north of the border with the SNP was doubtless deliberate. The Scottish Labour leader knows only […]
  • October 1, 2014

    New Statesman – Mark writes about Boris

    Mark was asked to write a piece for the New Statesman about Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, as part of their so-called ‘Boris Audit’. To read his contribution, please click on the link below. Boris Audit, New Statesman, Sep-Oct 2014
  • June 20, 2014

    Short Lets

    New measures are to be introduced in the Deregulation Bill to end rules from the 1970s preventing London residents from renting out their own homes on a short term basis to visitors. Currently Londoners who want to rent out their homes for less than three months technically still have to apply for planning permission from the […]
  • October 30, 2012

    Paddington Rotary Club

    Mark spoke to the Paddington Rotary Club about a range of local issues. Below are his notes from the event, including an update on the future of hospitals in this part of London.  Situation on St Mary’s –          From next April new Commissioning Boards come into play that will be run by local GPs. The […]
  • January 18, 2012

    A New Estuary Airport for London?

    Back in 2007, Mark tabled a Westminster Hall debate calling upon the last government to give serious consideration to the idea of a new airport for London in the Thames Estuary. Today, it has been revealed that the coalition government is likely soon to launch a formal consultation on such an option. Mark's 2007 speech is therefore copied below as a reminder of the arguments in favour of this airport being built: Since the beginning of the millennium the government has been dithering over the pressing need for expanding airport capacity in Britain. We have seen White Papers, judicial reviews, announcements, retractions, consultations…And the conclusion?...
  • December 13, 2011

    Parliament Square Encampment

    The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, which gained Royal Assent earlier this year, will prohibit people from camping in gardens and pavement in the middle of Parliament Square. While I fully support the important right to protest, removing this long standing camp will make it possible for other people to use the Square for recreation and protest. Westminster City Council is proposing additional action to deal with encampments in the area around parliament. The Act covers the central island in the Square but to...