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  • January 30, 2013

    Proposed closure of Westminster fire station

    Mark and Westminster City Council have been concerned by the Mayor of London’s plans to close Westminster fire station in Greycoat Place, Victoria. As Mark understands it, the justification put forward for closing these fire stations in large part relies on the fact that fires are rarer in modern buildings. However, as 75% of Westminster is a conservation […]
  • January 28, 2013

    Stabbing on Lupus Street, Pimlico

    Along with local constituents, Mark was deeply shocked to learn of the stabbing of a teenage boy that took place last night on Lupus Street, Pimlico. Police were called to the scene at 18.50 however the sixteen year-old boy, a local constituent and Pimlico Academy student, sadly died at 20.45 in a south London hospital. […]
  • January 22, 2013

    Visit to the Fleet Sewer

    As a guest of Thames Water, Mark descended into the 150 year old Fleet Sewer which covers the River Fleet and is one of London’s largest lost rivers running from Hampstead Heath to Blackfriars.   The sewer was built to enclose the Fleet after parliament relaxed the controls on the disposal of human waste into […]
  • January 21, 2013

    The first skirmish of many?

    Thankfully few people have to endure the unimaginable terror that beset our nation’s hostages and waiting relatives as the Amenas gas plant siege dragged on last week. In a world of relentlessly demanding 24/7 media coverage, the frustration of senior government ministers was palpable as unreliable, piecemeal information trickled through from Algeria. Whilst today’s attention […]
  • January 14, 2013

    Mark visits Maggie’s Centre

    This morning Mark visited Charing Cross Hospital to see how London’s first Maggie’s Centre is helping those in the capital who have been diagnosed with cancer. Maggie’s Centres aim to empower people living with cancer by bringing together professional help and communities of support. The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 after cancer sufferer, […]
  • January 2, 2013

    Banking reform

    On 21 December, Mark was asked by BBC Radio Four’s World at One programme to comment on the release of a report by the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards. The Commission, set up in the wake of the LIBOR scandal, welcomed the government’s proposal for a banking ringfence but concluded that it falls short of […]
  • December 18, 2012

    Mark questions the PM on banking union

    Following the Prime Minister’s statement in the House on the European Council, Mark made the following intervention on banking union in the EU. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) On the issue of banking union, I wholly endorse the Prime Minister’s view that we were able to secure in Brussels the very best deal in […]
  • December 12, 2012

    Some reflections on the Autumn Statement

    Well, it was never supposed to be like this. The coalition’s expenditure programme for the entire parliament was designed to have been done and dusted in November 2010. Subsequent pre-Budget reports were expected to feature only the odd tweak here and there. Last week’s Autumn Statement may have had the Westminster village agog with anticipation, […]
  • December 5, 2012

    Gangs and Youth Violence (2011 Riots)

    Mark made the following contribution to a Westminster Hall debate tabled by Westminster North MP, Karen Buck, on gang and youth violence.  Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I congratulate my constituency neighbour, Ms Buck on securing this important debate. Although I have some sympathy with her view that it is a shame that these issues are not […]
  • December 5, 2012

    Treasury loses out in property merry-go-round

    An abridged version of the following article appeared in this morning’s City AM. Click here to read. With continued chatter of a ‘back-door’ mansion tax and yet another increase in stamp duty, George Osborne and Vince Cable should take heed of the dramatic falling off in tax receipts after the last Budget in March. At that […]