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Category: News & Articles

  • 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 […]
  • May 30, 2013

    The Office for Budget Responsibility

    This year’s Budget continued a hapless, unparalleled record of forecasting failure for the OBR. Sadly what has so undermined City commentators’ confidence is that the OBR’s independent analysis has invariably veered in the direction of robust support for the Treasury’s economic projections. At each succeeding Autumn Statement and Budget since June 2010, the OBR has […]
  • May 22, 2013

    Great news on free schools in central London

    As I know from my postbag, London is crying out for more school places. Like clockwork, I receive tens of messages from parents at the conclusion of each year’s admission procedures, desperately concerned that their child will not have a school place come September. Today the government has gone some way to relieving that local […]
  • May 11, 2013

    The mispricing of risk

    ‘Is there more to come?’ It was with this question in mind that I gave my first book the provocative title, Between the Crashes. Launched last month with the support of ConservativeHome, Between the Crashes provides a timeline of the seismic political and economic events that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. In […]
  • May 9, 2013

    The City Talent Initiative is launched!

    This morning I joined David Lammy and Baroness Kramer in a cross-party effort to ensure some of our brightest talents reach their full potential. The City Talent Initiative, organised by the Social Mobility Foundation, is an exciting new programme which supports high-achieving youngsters from low-income backgrounds in accessing leading City firms. The CTI programme was […]
  • May 3, 2013

    Some initial thoughts on the local election results

    First, my heart goes out to those scores of dedicated, community-minded Conservative councillors who lost their seats. Rightly many will feel that they deserve better than to be voted out in a tide of mid-term anti-coalition sentiment. Second, these were almost unprecedentedly mixed results with all parties able to claim some good news amidst other […]
  • April 29, 2013

    Lupus Street Post Office

    Mark is aware of the groundswell of concern in Pimlico about the proposed closure of the Post Office’s Lupus Street branch and it is a concern he shares. Alongside Churchill councillors, he has been campaigning to keep the Post Office on that site. Below is the text from a letter he has sent to Royal […]