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  • 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 […]
  • April 15, 2013

    Remembering Baroness Thatcher

    I was honoured to have Lady Thatcher as a member of my constituency and the Life Patron of our Conservative Association. Having listened to the many proper tributes to Mrs Thatcher during her time as leader of our Party and Prime Minister I wanted to add a more personal reflection on behalf of my Association […]
  • April 15, 2013

    Whatever happened to that export-led growth?

    In a fast-changing world the truth is the global race has been underway for some time. The past half-decade ought to have been the best of times for UK exporters. After all, in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis sterling dropped in value by over twenty percent against the currencies of both our biggest […]
  • March 19, 2013

    Another twist to the Eurozone crisis – what a Cyprus haircut may mean

    Just when the markets were being lulled into complacency, this weekend’s dramatic news from Cyprus has acted as a timely reminder that at best the problems of the Eurozone have been parked, rather than solved. Unsurprisingly the markets have taken fright and it is by no means certain that the Cypriot government will be able […]
  • March 19, 2013

    The Chancellor shouldn’t seek quick fixes in tomorrow’s Budget

    We should neither expect, nor want, fireworks on Wednesday. There is no doubt that the Chancellor’s room to manoeuvre is incredibly limited. Much of this, of course, can be attributed to global events – we only need to look at the weekend’s dramatic news from Cyprus to know that the Eurozone crisis is far from […]
  • March 18, 2013

    Some early thoughts on the Leveson compromise

    When asked about the Leveson inquiry last night on BBC Radio Four’s Westminster Hour, I suggested it was a fast moving story with all sorts of twists and turns likely in the next twenty-four hours. So it has proved. At 2.30 this morning, the terms of an agreement were finally reached between all three political […]
  • March 7, 2013

    Mark in the Telegraph – The government must hold its nerve on bank stakes

    Mark wrote this morning for the Daily Telegraph following the interventions by RBS Chief Executive, Stephen Hester, and Bank of England Governor, Sir Mervyn King, on the government’s shareholdings in British banks. The article can be read online , in pdf and is pasted below. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/9913399/The-Government-must-hold-its-nerve-on-bank-stakes.html  ‘Fit for sale’ by the end of 2014. That is […]
  • March 6, 2013

    The scandal at Mid Staffs

    Mark is one of the sponsors of a Motion calling for the resignation of David Nicholson as Chief Executive of the NHS following the scandalous treatment of patients at Mid Staffs and the avoidable deaths that occurred at that Trust from 2008-2010. Speaking to the Telegraph, he said, it was “mind-boggling” that Sir David is […]
  • February 23, 2013

    The deeper discontent beneath the mansion tax debate

    ‘It’s like the Harrods sale!’ exclaimed Rob Tincknell in January. As Chief Executive of the Battersea Power Station Development Company, it was no surprise that he greeted the stampede to secure new Battersea homes with elation. More than £600 million worth of prime London properties – three quarters of the 800 homes on site – […]