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Category: Local

  • October 17, 2013

    The case against the mansion tax

    In this throwback to an era of envy politics and wealth-bashing, every policy pledge from our political opponents appears to be funded either by a hike in the trusty bank levy or a tax raid on stately homes and penthouses. Passionate debate about the imposition of a ‘mansion tax’ in particular is now all the […]
  • October 15, 2013

    Mark visits brand new Crossrail tunnels in West End

    This morning Mark and his team visited the new Crossrail tunnels and station being built in the constituency. Crossrail is Europe’s largest railway and infrastructure construction project and will bring much-needed new capacity to London’s public transport network when it is completed in 2018. At Tottenham Court Road station, Crossrail is working alongside TfL on a £1bn transformation […]
  • October 1, 2013

    Pedicab Update

    I have enormous sympathy with residents in the West End and beyond who detest the noise and disruption caused by unlicensed pedicabs. A few years ago I tabled a debate in parliament, pressing the previous government to do something to control pedicabs. Unfortunately the Department for Transport resisted calls for regulation so I instead continued […]
  • August 18, 2013

    City & Westminster volunteers – Contact the Elderly needs YOU!

    Over forty years ago, Mark’s constituent and local Marylebone resident, Trevor Lyttleton, set up Contact the Elderly after noticing that many of his older neighbours very rarely received visitors, leading to isolation and loneliness. Contact the Elderly now co-ordinates small groups of volunteers who use their cars to take elderly, house-bound people on regular visits […]
  • July 16, 2013

    Mark to present Post Office petition in parliament

    On Wednesday afternoon, Mark is to present a petition in parliament to object to the proposed closure of the Lupus Street Post Office. The petition has been signed by over seven-hundred Pimlico residents concerned about the loss of this precious local amenity. Mark shares residents’ concerns about the Lupus Street closure and has been vigorously […]
  • July 10, 2013

    Mark visits Victoria Station, Caxton Youth Club and the City’s Gin Distillery

    As frustrated commuters and local constituents know all too well, Victoria Tube Station has been bursting at the seams in recent years, unable to cope with the sheer volume of people passing through its doors each day. Transport for London has made the upgrade of the station one of its priorities and work towards its […]
  • June 19, 2013

    Connaught Village Summer Festival

    Mark joined local councillors this afternoon to meet constituents and chat to stallholders at the Connaught Village Summer Festival. Secreted away between Bayswater and Marble Arch and a short walk away from Hyde Park and Oxford Street, the Connaught Village Summer Festival takes place amongst the neighbourhood’s shops and homes. With all the charm of a […]
  • May 22, 2013

    Great news on free schools in central London

    As I know from my postbag, London is crying out for more school places. Like clockwork, I receive tens of messages from parents at the conclusion of each year’s admission procedures, desperately concerned that their child will not have a school place come September. Today the government has gone some way to relieving that local […]
  • May 9, 2013

    The City Talent Initiative is launched!

    This morning I joined David Lammy and Baroness Kramer in a cross-party effort to ensure some of our brightest talents reach their full potential. The City Talent Initiative, organised by the Social Mobility Foundation, is an exciting new programme which supports high-achieving youngsters from low-income backgrounds in accessing leading City firms. The CTI programme was […]
  • April 29, 2013

    Lupus Street Post Office

    Mark is aware of the groundswell of concern in Pimlico about the proposed closure of the Post Office’s Lupus Street branch and it is a concern he shares. Alongside Churchill councillors, he has been campaigning to keep the Post Office on that site. Below is the text from a letter he has sent to Royal […]