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  • 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 […]
  • July 14, 2014

    British Venture Capital Association Parliamentary Reception 2014

    Mark gave the following speech at this year’s British Venture Capital Association Parliamentary Reception in his capacity as the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Venture Capital and Private Equity: Politicians of all stripes are keen to highlight the importance of regional growth in our economy, spreading the prosperity much talked about in […]
  • July 8, 2014

    United community campaign saves Lupus Street Post Office!

    Great news for residents of South Pimlico! The Post Office have overturned their decision to close the Crown Post Office on Lupus Street following a strong community campaign led by Mark alongside Westminster City Council and local activists. Over the past 18 months or so we have held regular discussions with Post Office Management and […]
  • June 23, 2014

    Deregulation Bill

    Mark wished to speak at Report Stage of the Deregulation Bill to express his concerns about plans to relax rules on short lets in London. Unfortunately he was not able to make the full speech he had drafted as time was taken up by clauses on Sunday trading and TV licences. However he was able […]
  • June 20, 2014

    Short Lets

    New measures are to be introduced in the Deregulation Bill to end rules from the 1970s preventing London residents from renting out their own homes on a short term basis to visitors. Currently Londoners who want to rent out their homes for less than three months technically still have to apply for planning permission from the […]
  • June 10, 2014

    Westminster Hour – Mark discusses Birmingham schools story & Newark by-election

    Mark appeared this week on BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour with Lib Dem MP, Martin Horwood, and Labour MP, Bridget Phillipson. Below is a summary of Mark’s thoughts on some of the topics that were discussed: Cabinet row over Birmingham schools/Trojan Horse story The Prime Minister’s decisive and thoughtful intervention on this matter was clearly […]
  • May 31, 2014

    Modi’s India – Finally Open for Business from the City of London?

    Few would dispute that we have been here before. The opening up to UK investment of commercial opportunities in India has had many a false dawn over recent years. However, the assent of Narendra Modi to the Indian Prime Ministership promises a new era for the City of London, whose professional services have frequently felt […]