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Category: News & Articles

  • February 9, 2014

    EU to force Britons to publish details of wills and property

    Mark had the following article published in the Sunday Telegraph today. You can read it online here  The spirit of our age favours transparency. Whether light is being shone on the previously dark corners of intelligence, executive pay, MPs’ expenses or overall tax take from global corporations, an insatiable quest for information is rooting out bad […]
  • February 5, 2014

    A Miliband Government Might Really Take Us Back to the Sixties

    Perhaps predictably as election fever hots up, keynote speeches by Party leaders are now commonplace. However, last month’s offering from Ed Miliband on reform of the banking system may yet herald a more radical restructuring. Perhaps we should be thankful that little more has been heard of his grand theory of ‘pre-distribution’ since its first […]
  • January 20, 2014

    Ultra-low interest rates carry a cost and it’s starting to rack up

    Mark had the following article published in today’s Daily Telegraph: No one ever said it would be easy. But it is fair to raise two cheers at least to George Osborne (and Alistair Darling before him), successive Chancellors who have sought to cushion the shock of the banking crisis and economic turmoil since 2008. As […]
  • January 18, 2014

    2014 – The Tory Equivalent of Brown’s Missed Opportunity?

    Gordon Brown’s premiership in 2007 began auspiciously. From two domestic crises he managed to fashion a honeymoon. It is easy to forget now, but the new Prime Minister’s surefooted handling of a terror alert and severe floods helped project him as a strong, national leader. This translated into soaring poll leads in the summer of […]
  • January 9, 2014

    The nuts and bolts of tackling tax avoidance

    Well, perhaps there isn’t as much money squirreled away in Swiss bank accounts as we all thought! At the 2012 Autumn Statement, the Office of Budget Responsibility faithfully assured us that £3.1bn would be raised from the Treasury’s much heralded deal with the Swiss authorities. This projected windfall not only highlighted the UK’s avowed intention […]
  • January 8, 2014

    Healthcare in London

    Mark made the following contribution to a Westminster Hall debate on healthcare in London tabled by Westminster North MP, Karen Buck: Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main. I congratulate Ms Buck on securing this valuable debate. Although her conclusion was perhaps a little more hyperbolic […]
  • December 18, 2013

    Homelessness & Rough Sleeping

    Mark made the following contributions to a Westminster Hall debate on homelessness tabled by Shabana Mahmood MP.  Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I congratulate Shabana Mahmood on securing this important debate. As the nights draw in and the winter chill becomes more apparent, the thoughts of many Londoners—I am sure the hon. Lady will agree […]
  • December 4, 2013

    Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

    Gaming machines have hit headlines recently after fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) were dubbed the crack cocaine of the high street because of their addictive qualities. Britons gambled £46 billion on betting terminals last year, an increase of almost 50 per cent in the last four years, and today parliament considers an amendment to regulations […]
  • December 3, 2013

    Britain must lead calls for simpler, more certain tax regimes

    Mark wrote the following article for this morning’s Daily Telegraph. To read it on their website, click the link http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/tax/10489000/Corporation-tax-is-no-longer-fit-for-purpose.html One would be easily forgiven for believing that in recent years, tax competition has acquired pariah status in the global economy. The much-vaunted crackdown on multinational tax avoidance, the fresh attempt to regulate corporate transfer payments […]
  • November 29, 2013

    Back to square one? A victory for banking, politics or common sense?

    Perhaps it is a little premature to suggest that privatisation fever is back to 1980s’ levels. But the unexpectedly enthusiastic reception to the Royal Mail share offer will have given the Treasury some timely good heart as it ponders what to do with the public stakes in Lloyds and RBS. The ongoing rumblings that the […]