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  • 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 […]
  • August 19, 2014

    Forward guidance: A political gambit

    Mark had the following article published in this morning’s City AM. To read online click here  IT’S A mistake to try and get too precise,” suggested Stanley Fischer last September, shortly before he was appointed vice chairman of the Federal Reserve. “You can’t expect the Fed to spell out what it’s going to do. Why? Because […]
  • August 13, 2014

    We may now need to deploy ground troops in Iraq and Syria

    Understandably, much current historic coverage has concentrated on the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. But it was the Treaties of Versailles and Sevres, painstakingly negotiated at the end of hostilities, which has had a truly lasting impact – arguably to this day. The spoils of the First World War involved victorious politicians […]
  • August 4, 2014

    After Astra-Zeneca/Pfizer – Is Protectionism Part of the ‘New Economics’?

    ‘If Britain advertises itself as a tax-friendly country it would be a strange position to adopt by saying to foreign firms you shouldn’t come here’. These were the wise words of Business Secretary, Vince Cable, a little over a fortnight ago. In the aftermath of the highly controversial, failed bid by US pharmaceutical firm, Pfizer, […]
  • July 28, 2014

    Westminster Hour

    Mark appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour last night with Meg Hillier MP. You can listen on iPlayer but below is a summary of his thoughts. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04bmvxn  Gaza I am not sure there has been any clear break in the UK political consensus on this subject. New Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, is right to uphold […]
  • July 17, 2014

    The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill

    I take the balancing of security, privacy and democratic freedom extremely seriously. Throughout my political career I have shown a healthy wariness towards the power of the state – though it is of course vital that government be proactive if it is to keep citizens safe in this dangerous and volatile world.   With these […]