March 25, 2010
I guess even David Cameron must have been surprised how quickly his prescient warnings last month of the impending scandal over lobbying came to pass. Our national campaign rightly identifies that the UK’s broken politics requires urgent repair. Which is why I believe it is now imperative that Conservatives turn their attention to reform of and appointment to the House of Lords....
March 22, 2010
Mark was asked to defend the capital against the idea that politics is too London-centric in this month's edition of Total Politics. In support of the motion was Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council:- "With a rich mix of residents, a mass of successful international businesses and a buzzing cultural scene, London is a truly global metropolis in contrast to essentially...
March 10, 2010
With a rich mix of residents, a mass of successful international businesses and a buzzing cultural scene, London is a truly global metropolis in contrast to essentially European capitals such as Rome, Berlin or Madrid. Similarly, in combining the political, cultural and economic hearts of a nation, London stands apart from Washington DC, Delhi and […]
March 8, 2010
Mark Field MP welcomed early-career researchers from Imperial College to the House of Commons today to compete in the national scientific poster competition, SET for Britain. SET for Britain is an exhibition of posters by early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers and technologists. The exhibition gives them the opportunity to present their work to their local MPs and their scientific peers. All posters are entered into a competition and significant cash
March 4, 2010
With a wealth of top institutions and companies based in my seat, many of the people I speak to through my constituency work are leading professionals in their fields with unparalleled industry knowledge. Their insights as to the practical application of policy are invaluable to me. One of the most striking things to come out of my meetings in recent months is the sense of demoralisation amongst those involved in vocational work. The unease is so deep that I am convinced...
February 22, 2010
On the morrow of her 1987 election triumph, Margaret Thatcher pledged that the Conservatives would devote themselves to transforming Britain’s inner cities. The urgent regeneration task for an incoming Conservative administration this year will involve transforming our increasingly shabby suburbs at a time of dire constraints on the public finances. The regeneration of the centres of cities like Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and Manchester – to name but a few – has been one of the triumphs of the past twenty-five years...
February 21, 2010
Mark was asked by the House Magazine to examine the ambition of some politicians to end the dependence of the British economy on the City of London. "Since time immemorial, the City of London has enjoyed an international reputation as a bastion of commercial certainty and reliability. It has promoted financial innovation, provided an international market to global merchants and in commercial affairs has rightly been seen as a watchword for justice, neutrality and fairness. As a result London has emerged as the global financial centre.
February 10, 2010
Mark spoke last night at a dinner hosted by the Sigma Partnership on corporate governance. Sigma is one of the premier business advisory and compliance accounting firms in London. He made the following speech: 'The relentlessly breathless press coverage of the financial crisis over the past two years may have persuaded the electorate that we have already been through the worst of the recession...
February 4, 2010
Over recent months, global financial markets have been enveloped by an eerie stillness. The fear remains that this calm is unlikely to last – our fundamental economic imbalances have not been solved, merely parked. The recent indication from the Chinese government that it is to put a firm break on bank lending to ameliorate the effect of speculation is just one sign that points towards the likely return of market...
January 27, 2010
Inevitably an MP’s direct personal experience has a strong bearing on his or her views on ethical and moral issues, which are rightly subject generally to a free vote in parliament. My own father’s terminal cancer and death almost twenty years ago, for example, played a fundamental role in formulating my own views on pain relief in the latter stages of life. As his next of kin, I played a role in working with our