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  • November 12, 2011

    The Spectator’s Bookbenchers

    Mark was asked by the Spectator to take part in their Bookbenchers series where MPs discuss their reading material...
  • November 11, 2011

    Accountancy Age – Offshore Financial Centres

    Mark was asked to write the following article for Accountancy Age about the importance of the City's links to offshore financial centres : As the world has sought to understand the cause of the global financial crisis, international financial centres (IFCs) have naturally found themselves under fire. Taking many of the bullets have been smaller IFCs whose offshore jurisdictions have raised the eyebrow of suspicion. Described as tax havens for avaricious bankers and secrecy jurisdictions for shady figures...
  • November 11, 2011

    Why the battle of St Paul’s is a challenge for us all

    Mark was asked to write for PoliticsHome about the political challenges represented by the St Paul's encampment in the constituency. The following was posted on their site this morning: When the Occupy London movement descended on the City of London, it was perhaps naïve not to fear that the 5000 protestors might leave behind a core of campers. After all, bedding down for one’s beliefs is now de rigeur. That the campsite of choice was in the shadow of the iconic and glorious St Paul’s ...
  • November 8, 2011

    West End Parking Changes

    Westminster City Council is set to abolish free parking on single yellow lines and in bays in the West End between 6.30pm and midnight from Monday to Saturday and 1pm and 6pm on Sundays. The Council advises that this decision has been made in order to ease congestion in W1. I am aware that these planned parking restrictions are causing an enormous amount of anxiety amongst constituents. I have received letters and emails from residents and businesspeople alike who have expressed concern about women’s safety...
  • November 8, 2011

    Basement Development

    Mark made the following contributions to a debate on basement development that had been tabled by Westminster North MP, Karen Buck. Subterranean development has been a matter of great concern to Central London residents in recent years given the disruption that can follow and the damage that can occur to the local amenity.Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I agree with what the hon. Lady says. The Knightsbridge Association in my constituency, among others, has made it clear that it is not opposed in principle to the provision of basements beneath existing houses, but it is concerned about aspects of the design, construction and usage....
  • November 7, 2011

    Supporting St Mungo’s

    Last Monday I helped launch an exhibition in the House of Commons to celebrate St Mungo’s fortieth anniversary and their latest project, Street Stories. St Mungo’s runs emergency homelessness services in London, providing shelters for people in need of a safe place to sleep, outreach teams to connect with the vulnerable and support services to help get the homeless back on their feet. The Street Stories exhibition displays the testimonies of forty-one St Mungo’s clients who were asked to contribute to an oral history of homeless...
  • November 2, 2011

    Keeping animation on our shores

    My constituency contains in Soho and the West End the spiritual home of Britain’s globally competitive creative sector. Creative industries offer one of the great white hopes for economic growth but all is not well for some of its players. Two years ago I was contacted by Oli Hyatt of Blue Zoo, an animation company with offices within the constituency, as he was deeply concerned about the future of the UK animation industry. Oli has since been tireless in his campaign to keep animation work on these shores and he helped set up Animation UK in a bid ...
  • October 27, 2011

    The battle of St Paul’s

    When the Occupy London movement descended on the City the Saturday before last, it was perhaps naïve not to entertain some fears that the 5000 protestors might leave behind a core of campers. After all, bedding down for one’s beliefs is now de rigeur for the savvy, modern day anti-capitalist. That the campsite of choice was in the shadow of the glorious St Paul’s Cathedral has, however, caused an almighty headache both for the City Corporation and, particularly, the Church...
  • October 24, 2011

    Today’s EU referendum debate

    I do not regard myself as a natural rebel, nor would I describe my politics as especially Eurosceptic (I favour the UK remaining in the EU, albeit exploiting the current economic crisis as the opportunity to refashion our relationship within that institution). Nevertheless I was one of the original signatories to the backbench motion for today’s debate. Somewhat disingenuously leading figures in all three main political parties have accused those MPs promoting today’s debate of ‘an unnecessary and self-indulgent diversion’ at ‘the wrong time’...
  • October 21, 2011

    The Road Network and Public Debt

    The road network and public debt - on the face of it, two unrelated topics. One is an under-resourced, often ignored asset, vital to the social and economic well-being of the nation, as much of an essential service as other utilities such as the water, power and communications industries. Public debt meanwhile rises inexorably especially taking account of pensions and PFI liabilities – all in all it is potentially catastrophic to the UK’s future prosperity.