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  • March 24, 2017

    There is no cause for complacency – but we mustn’t be alarmist about the Westminster attack

    Mark wrote the following piece for this morning’s City AM in the aftermath of Wednesday’s attack in Westminster. He wishes to thank all those constituents who have written to express their condolences over the five innocent people who lost their lives, and solidarity with him and the team for the work they do in Westminster. […]
  • March 15, 2017

    Don’t panic – but remember Brexit will be a tough political process

    Everyone benefits from free trade. For years now the UK has had a persistently large trade deficit with the EU, which by rights should make Europe more amenable to doing a ‘business as usual’ Brexit deal with us. If only life were so logical our Brexit negotiations would run smoothly and full future access would […]
  • March 8, 2017

    Pakistan Tech Powerhouse Speech

    Mark was asked to speak at the UK Trade Partnership Conference on building strong bilateral links in the tech industry between the UK and Pakistan. You can find the content of his speech pasted below.   Thank you for inviting me to speak today and as a fanatical football fan may I first congratulate the […]
  • February 24, 2017

    London: City of eternal resilience

    Mark wrote the following article for today’s City AM. We have been here before. Seismic political or economic events strike like a tsunami; panic breaks out that London’s position as a leading world city is endangered. It happened in the aftermath of 2008’s financial crisis and it’s happening as Brexit looms. In 2009 the Economist […]
  • February 23, 2017

    Maintaining London’s euro-clearing crown is vital to EU as well as the UK

    Mark wrote the following piece for today’s City AM after being asked for his thoughts on euro clearing operations. London’s deep, liquid markets and the breadth of its financial and professional services mean that it stands unrivalled as a European financial centre, which is one of the reasons why it has dominated the foreign exchange […]
  • February 10, 2017

    The crackdown on encryption threatens to undermine London’s fintech boom

    Mark wrote the following article for today’s City AM. To read online, click here. Talk of calamity befalling corporate Britain as we negotiate our EU exit is typically overblown. Nevertheless there is a potentially serious conflict in the making between the UK government’s stated desire to maintain access to certain online data for reasons of […]
  • January 26, 2017

    Politics dictates a quick-fire Brexit – but a compromise is more likely than you think

    Let’s show some ambition and optimism! There really is a deal to be done with the EU27 that works in our mutual interest as we head for the exit. Not that this will be easy. I have been struck by the unity of purpose expressed at the highest level by our continental counterparties. Michel Barnier, […]
  • January 24, 2017

    Help for 18-24 year-olds in our constituency seeking work or an apprenticeship

    Fantastic work is being done in our constituency to get young people into work or structured apprenticeships. If you are a young person seeking employment or an opportunity to get experience, consider getting in touch with the YES service, a free support team which is available for 18 to 24 year-olds. YES is delivered by […]
  • January 18, 2017

    Maintaining good relations with our European allies

    Mark wrote the following piece for this month’s edition of Centre Write Magazine on the importance of sister party relationships: To coin a now well-worn phrase, whilst the UK may soon be leaving the European Union, we shall not be leaving Europe. Indeed our government has made clear over the past few months that it […]
  • January 11, 2017

    It’s time Britain stopped dancing to the tech giants’ tune

    Mark wrote the following article for today’s City AM. It can be read online here. Few tears were shed last summer at the plight of Apple Corporation, whose sweetheart deal with the Irish government was ruled unlawful by the European Union to the tune of a £11bn fine. Predictably, Eurosceptic voices were raised on this […]