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  • October 2, 2014

    The limitations of raising tax thresholds

    Taking the lowest paid out of income tax entirely was a policy brought uniquely to the table by the Liberal Democrats in 2010…or so the junior coalitionists would have the British public believe. The truth is a little more nuanced. My own constituency election address as far back as 2005 asserted an aspiration that no […]
  • 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
  • September 26, 2014

    Iraq: Coalition against Islamic State

    The decision on whether or not the UK should partake in air strikes against Islamic State has been looming ominously over parliament all summer. The prospect of the UK once again becoming involved in any sort of military campaign in the Middle East is something I naturally consider to be an absolute final resort. You […]
  • September 24, 2014

    Miliband’s Mansion Tax is not the Answer

    How seductive it sounds. A tax on the great mansions of the rich to pay for more doctors and nurses in the NHS to the benefit of all. Labour leader, Ed Miliband, clearly believes he is onto a vote-winner with his so-called ‘mansion tax’ policy, confirmed in his party conference speech yesterday. Quite aside from the […]
  • September 17, 2014

    Never Such Innocence & Marylebone Boys School Launch

    Today Mark officially opened the brand new Marylebone Boys School and helped launch the poetry and art competition of Never Such Innocence, a charity dedicated to educating young people about the First World War. For many years, Westminster parents had expressed their concern about the lack of provision for boys at secondary level in the borough so […]
  • September 14, 2014

    It’s growth and recovery all right. But how sustainable is it?

    George Osborne will hope to continue a welcome habit of confounding his critics. Steady progress at deficit reduction and austerity measures in parts of the public sector have not prevented a return to economic growth. Unsurprisingly, Labour have been forced to shift their line of attack to the continuing squeeze on living standards as inflation […]
  • September 11, 2014

    Devo max is a cheap last-gasp offer – but a federal UK may be the happy result

    Mark had the following article published in this morning’s City AM. To read it on their website, click http://www.cityam.com/1410368705/devo-max-cheap-last-gasp-offer-federal-uk-may-be-happy-result  WHATEVER the outcome of next week’s referendum on Scottish independence, of one thing we can be sure: the constitutional settlement that had helped make the Union such a success for 300 years will be tainted. This settlement […]
  • September 9, 2014

    Superfast Broadband (Urban Areas)

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I am grateful for the opportunity formally to put on the record the frustrations of my constituents and many businesses about the roll-out of superfast broadband in my central London constituency. I know that the hon. Member for Hackney South and Shoreditch (Meg Hillier), whose constituency neighbours mine, has […]
  • August 27, 2014

    Mark turns postie for day in Westminster

    Mark experienced what is involved in delivering the post when he joined local postman Gary Watson on his delivery round in Westminster this morning. Mark is one of a number of local MPs being invited to go out with postmen and women to see the lengths Royal Mail goes to to deliver the post. Doug […]
  • August 23, 2014

    Universities UK report finds strong public support for international student migration

    Today Universities UK, which represents higher education providers in the UK, today released a report, based on workshops and national polling, which reveals that there is strong public support for international student migration, and that the public understands the economic and educational benefits brought to Britain by those who come here to study. Mark was […]