May 6, 2011
It is to the eternal credit of us Londoners that we deal with travel disruption by rolling our eyes, having a quiet grumble but carrying calmly on. However, I suspect the latest call from the RMT union's Bob Crow for six days of industrial action over two weeks makes a lot of people want to escalate their muffled irritation to open outrage.
April 12, 2011
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Sir Simon Milton, London’s Deputy Mayor, yesterday evening (11 April). Sir Simon epitomised better than anyone the quote from the past US President, Ronald Reagan, that “there is no limit to what you can achieve politically if you do not care who takes the credit”. That is not to say that Simon was simply a back-room political operator. Indeed as a youthful, innovative and highly effective leader of Westminster City Council during 2000-2007 he was a prominent political figure in his own right.
October 28, 2010
Following a contribution he made to a Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday on housing investment, Mark's comments on the government's cap on housing benefit were picked up in a number of media reports. The speech he made has been copied below so that constituents can read his words verbatim. In short, Mark robustly supports capping the amount that can be claimed on housing benefit at £20 000 per annum. He believes reform of the housing system is...
May 19, 2010
With the drawing to a close of the General Election campaign, the nation’s focus returned to Westminster only to find that parliament had some new neighbours. Joining Brian Haw’s long time anti-war encampment in Parliament Square is now a hotchpotch of fresh protestors declaring everything from solidarity with Greek workers and support for the return of our troops to justice for the victims of alleged crimes by freemasons.
April 26, 2010
With the sheer wealth of excitement and opportunities central London offers, people gravitate to our city centre constituency both from across the country and the globe. This can place a massive burden on our precious social housing stock which is why, over my past nine years of serving as your local MP, housing has remained one of the biggest issues in my postbag....
March 22, 2010
Mark was asked to defend the capital against the idea that politics is too London-centric in this month's edition of Total Politics. In support of the motion was Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council:- "With a rich mix of residents, a mass of successful international businesses and a buzzing cultural scene, London is a truly global metropolis in contrast to essentially...
January 21, 2010
This week Mark Field introduced a Pedicabs Bill in parliament in a bid to deal with rickshaws operating in Central London. The numbers of pedicabs have exploded over the past few years and, aside from the regular aggravation they cause local residents and other road users, there is increasing concern that these unlicensed, unregulated vehicles may cause a serious accident.
December 22, 2009
We live in a fractured society. Amongst other developments the rise of the internet, multiple media outlets and global travel, on a scale unimaginable a couple of decades ago, have wrenched apart the traditional guises of community and common experience. The rise of anti-social behaviour, sickening media reports of child abuse, the increase in violent crime and the trappings of a woefully inadequate benefit system all reflect utter social transformation in many of our communities. This sense that society is, in some part at least, broken has attracted many newspaper headlines and, in response, some tough-sounding policies from central government
August 5, 2009
Last week I was informed of the tragic news that Councillor Ian Wilder passed away on 28 July after a long illness. Ian was a long-term servant of the West End of London, the ward that he represented with such distinction and pride...
August 3, 2009
On 3 July 2009 people across the country watched with tremendous shock and subsequently sorrow as reports of the devastating tower block fire in Camberwell made the television news bulletins and newspaper front pages...