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Category: London

  • October 6, 2011

    Mark opens Paxton & Whitfield

    Mark visited artisan cheesemonger, Paxton & Whitfield, this morning to open their new flagship shop Jermyn Street, along with Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Susie Burbridge. The shop at 93 Jermyn Street, has been refurbished with great care both upstairs and downstairs and continues to feature traditional elements, consistent with the heritage of this longstanding brand. ...
  • September 28, 2011

    Gaby’s Deli

    Since 1965, Londoners and visitors alike have savoured the salt beef and fluffy falafel served up by Gaby’s Deli on Charing Cross Road. Run by Gaby Elyahou, a Brent resident for four decades after arriving in London from Israel, the delicatessen has become a local institution adored for its unique spirit and tasty fare amidst an alternative spread of chain cafes and boxed sandwiches...
  • August 9, 2011

    A desperately sad and sorry day for our capital city

    Watching the dreadful and at times terrifying scenes of disorder taking place across so many London shopping centres, my first thoughts are with the business owners whose livelihoods have been destroyed. These hard-working folk supporting families and neighbourhoods deserve our deepest sympathy – I trust that government will give such people rapid practical support to get their businesses going again as soon as possible...
  • May 6, 2011

    We can’t let these Tube unions shut London down

    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

    Sir Simon Milton (1961-2011)

    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

    Housing Benefit

    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

    The sorry state of Parliament Square

    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

    Housing

    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

    Total Politics – Is Politics Too London-centric?

    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

    Pedicabs Bill

    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.