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  • May 4, 2012

    Executive Pay

    Hot on the heels of the controversy at Barclay’s Bank’s AGM last week comes news of a major revolt at Aviva where nearly 60% of shareholders refused to back boardroom pay deals after a 30% fall in the price of the insurer's shares. This surely the first of many high profile shows of shareholder strength. The abiding lesson here is that any AGM vote to overturn a Remuneration Committee recommendation must be binding. Like most Conservative MPs, only a few years ago I cannot imagine that I would have been open minded to the notion of government interference in the remuneration...
  • April 18, 2012

    New Property Tax Rules will Stamp on UK Developers

    The following article by Mark was published in this morning's City AM: FEW readers of City A.M. may have lost sleep over the chancellor’s decision in the recent Budget to impose a 15 per cent stamp duty land tax (SDLT) on acquisitions of homes costing over £2m by “non-natural persons”. After all, why shouldn’t we clamp down on the purchase of residential properties through companies, collective investment schemes and the like – isn’t this just the tax-dodging mechanism of choice for super rich non-doms hoovering up British homes?
  • April 13, 2012

    Plain Packaging of Cigarettes Should be Resisted as a matter of Principle by all Conservatives

    Perhaps predictably as MP for Cities of London & Westminster I am unashamedly pro-business. For the UK to emerge from the serious economic malaise that has impacted us all since 2008, we must prioritise global trade and economic growth. Liberating businesses from unnecessary and deeply damaging regulation, enabling them to compete, flourish and expand, resulting in all the benefits we know that follow, must be a core component of our economic strategy.
  • March 29, 2012

    Whither the coalition?

    Regardless of post-Budget and party donor squalls, I reckon it still remains a sensible working assumption that the coalition will sustain for the full five year term of this parliament. Incumbents are notoriously difficult to prise out of Downing Street. Against all odds (or so it seemed) John Major survived for virtually a full term after the collapse of his economic policy in September 1992; similarly even Gordon Brown could not be ousted from the Premiership in spite of apparently perennial terminal crises in the quarter-decade from October 2007...
  • March 27, 2012

    Can we restore our faith in politics?

    Below is the text of a speech Mark was to make at a local debating event: Make no mistake – this year's parliamentary allowances and expenses scandal will have a lasting impact on British democracy. The Daily Telegraph's handling of this story will provide a seminal case history to media watchers for decades to come. This parliament is now paralysed by inaction and lacks credibility or public confidence to govern effectively. This would be serious at the best of times. These times, however, are arguably the worst seen in
  • March 21, 2012

    Budget – tax credit for our animators!

    After three years of hard work and tireless campaigning, especially from Animation UK’s Oli Hyatt, I am delighted that the Chancellor has announced today the government's intention to introduce a tax credit for the UK’s animation industry. Finally, we have the level playing field our creative industries deserve. Combined with our animators’ flair and talent, this fantastic boost will help keep some of our favourite characters animated on these shores. As the Chancellor has declared...
  • March 19, 2012

    Time for a Radical Budget

    "Maybe something will turn up." One of the classic stratagems of last resort in politics - and indeed for life in general. I suspect Chancellor George Osborne’s tactical handling of the UK economy owes rather more than he might willingly admit to the Mr Micawber principle. After all, waiting for something to turn up is not always the ill-advised course of action. The accretion of time often does alleviate, and sometimes even solves, what seems an intractably difficult situation. The fragile state of our domestic economy at the time of the 2010 General Election and the indeterminate election result meant that a mandate to take radical action on the economy was neither sought nor won by any political party.
  • March 19, 2012

    The Thames Tunnel

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I am one of 144 Members of Parliament in the Thames Water area directly affected by the issue of the Thames tunnel, and I hope that both the Minister and Gavin Shuker will forgive me if I restrict my comments to the area that is close to my heart.
  • March 8, 2012

    Greek and Eurozone salvation is no nearer, whatever the bailout merchants say

    There is not much that unites Eurozone politicians and the financial markets. But it is undeniably the case that neither trusts the Greek government or its people to stick to their latest bailout deal. This matters because the real impact of the ongoing Eurozone saga is that the opportunity to erect a firewall around the Greek economy is fast fading. Contagion, which by rights should be a pure matter of economics, has now become a product of political interference. When – and it really is no longer ‘if’ – Greece eventually defaults on its debts...
  • March 5, 2012

    Taxing times for true Tories

    Conservatives instinctively believe in lower taxes. We believe that individuals are better able to judge where their money should be spent than the State. We support choice and economic freedom. It came as something of a disappointment, therefore, last week to read virtually daily pre-Budget stories concerning proposals to raise taxes. Indeed this has been made worse still by recent careful coalition choreography from Downing Street allowing the Liberal Democrats to showcase themselves as promoters of tax cuts for the less well-off. As it happens, I am not convinced that a programme of personal tax cuts at the forthcoming Budget would produce...