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  • August 30, 2013

    Syria Vote

    Last night, the Commons debated and was asked to vote on a motion, pasted below in full, concerning Syria. At the beginning of the week, it had appeared that the Commons would be asked whether or not to condone military action in Syria by the UK, something I would not have supported the government on. […]
  • August 28, 2013

    The complexity of locating Britain’s national interest in the Middle East

    The West’s tacit support of the military overthrow in early July of Egypt’s first Islamist president will have stark implications in the years ahead for our diplomatic relationships within the Middle East and beyond. The UK’s own Foreign Office still talks up the “Arab Spring” when in truth the idealistic enthusiasm of early 2011 that […]
  • 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 19, 2013

    There is no third way for the City in Britain’s relationship with the EU

    Mark’s below article was published yesterday on the European Movement website – http://www.euromove.org.uk/ The City is one of Britain’s most valuable assets and central to its success is its ability to be part of the EU’s common market. The coalition government’s EU policy must be based on those two fundamental principles.   Historically there have tended […]
  • 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 15, 2013

    Will hugging close to the coalition’s spending plans make Labour more electable?

    Recent weeks have confirmed that politics can be a strange and unpredictable trade. Barely three years ago the coalition came into office pledging to eliminate the UK’s structural deficit within a five-year term. Cumulative public sector net borrowing between 2011-12 and 2015-16 was forecast at £322bn. The voters were warned in terrifying terms that any […]
  • 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 […]
  • June 17, 2013

    The trouble with the immigration debate

    ‘Immigration cut by a third.’ This was the message that proudly dropped into the inboxes of Conservative members the week before last as Home Secretary, Theresa May, publicised her department’s achievements. It coincided with my office dealing with a particularly depressing immigration case. Last September, a constituent brought her new, non-EU national husband to the […]
  • June 5, 2013

    Forget the British Empire – Syria’s fate is not ours to determine

    Mark had the following piece published this morning by the Daily Telegraph. To read it online, here Anyone listening to recent reports on the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government in Syria would no doubt have uttered to themselves that familiar conclusion, ‘Something must be done’. As tales from Syria get bloodier […]