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  • 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 […]
  • November 30, 2012

    Some electoral lessons from Chicago and Croydon

    It’s the demographics, stupid. This is truly the thread that links November’s re-election of an incumbent US President and a series of disappointingly poor Conservative performances in parliamentary contests. In opposition, David Cameron rightly observed that the presentation of immigration policy needs to be handled with care. It must NEVER be ‘too hot to handle’, […]
  • November 22, 2012

    Secret Courts – A Regrettable Necessity

    Mark Field is the MP for the Cities of London & Westminster and currently serves as a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee. In the battle to keep British citizens safe and our streets secure, we rely on intelligence not just from UK agents but from those of our allies too. That intelligence gathering […]
  • November 22, 2012

    There is no third way for the City in Britain’s relationship with the EU

    An abridged version of the following article featured in this morning’s City AM. Click here Below is the full text.  Short term tactical expedience continues to outweigh longer term strategy in the coalition’s approach to both the UK’s relationship with the EU and the future of our single most important global industry, financial services. As a […]
  • November 5, 2012

    European Travails Ahead

    Mark appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour on Sunday 4 November (click here to listen) to discuss the government’s defeat on the EU budget vote. Now that the dust has settled, here are a few of his thoughts on what this means for our future relationship with Europe. David Cameron finds himself in an […]
  • October 31, 2012

    MF Global – Reception at the Institute of Directors

    Mark has been running a campaign to highlight the handling of the MF Global administration and was invited to speak briefly at an event held by affected clients at the Institute of Directors. His speaking notes are below. MF Global was a major international financial derivatives broker until it filed America’s eighth largest bankruptcy in […]
  • October 30, 2012

    Paddington Rotary Club

    Mark spoke to the Paddington Rotary Club about a range of local issues. Below are his notes from the event, including an update on the future of hospitals in this part of London.  Situation on St Mary’s –          From next April new Commissioning Boards come into play that will be run by local GPs. The […]