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  • 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 – […]
  • February 22, 2013

    Is the City a Drain on Talent? – Mark speaks at the Oxford Union

    Mark was asked to join a debate at the Oxford Union in opposition to the Motion, ‘This House Believes the City is a Drain on Talent’. Joining him in opposition were Chris Saul of Slaughter & May, James Uffindell of Bright Network and Robin Geffen of Neptune Investment Management. In proposition were Claire Perry MP, Doug […]
  • February 19, 2013

    Your Choice – Tackling Youth Violence

    Find out how Westminster City Council are tackling youth violence in Pimlico – Saturday 23 February, 11am-4pm Johnson’s Place, opposite Coleridge House, Churchill Gardens Drop in and speak to the council about what they are doing in your area Meet young people who are taking positive action to help others their age choose the right path Join in […]
  • February 8, 2013

    Mark appeared on Friday’s Daily Politics to discuss banking reform. You can view that appearance at around 9 minutes in on BBC iPlayer. Mark’s notes on the issues being discussed can be read below.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01qmrgc/Daily_Politics_08_02_2013/ RINGFENCE –          I have always been sceptical about the practicability of a ringfence; if it is such a great idea, […]
  • February 6, 2013

    Metropolitan Police Service

    Mark made the following contribution to a debate in Westminster Hall on the Metropolitan Police Service: Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I congratulate Mr Thomas on securing this important debate. Ten short days ago, my constituency was home to an appalling tragedy. A 16-year-old boy, Hani El Kheir, was brutally murdered in the street. Walking along Lupus […]
  • February 4, 2013

    Bash the banks and global companies if you must, be we need them more than ever

    Berate banks and bankers if you wish. Slate the tax arrangements of large multinationals, whose contributions in VAT and employers’ national insurance remains substantial even if their corporate tax contributions (thanks to a hopelessly complicated UK tax code) fall short of that demanded by a print media (whose own holding companies are operated by tax-efficient […]