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  • January 27, 2010

    Remembering a Friend – How Safeguards for Assisted Dying are Illusory

    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
  • January 25, 2010

    Total Politics – Hinterland

    Mark wrote about his passion for urban walking in this month's Total Politics: My selection in the final month of the last millennium for the Cities of London and Westminster seat commenced a ten year (and counting) love affair with the political, cultural and financial heart of the world’s most exciting city. It also sparked in me a passion for historical reading and urban walking.
  • January 21, 2010

    Pedicabs Bill

    This week Mark Field introduced a Pedicabs Bill in parliament in a bid to deal with rickshaws operating in Central London. The numbers of pedicabs have exploded over the past few years and, aside from the regular aggravation they cause local residents and other road users, there is increasing concern that these unlicensed, unregulated vehicles may cause a serious accident.
  • January 13, 2010

    Postcard from a Sunnier Place

    Last week I led a delegation of British politicians to Dhaka and Sylhet in my capacity as Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Bangladesh. The highlight of the first leg of our trip in the Capital, Dhaka, was a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Frankly, I was astonished that our motley delegation was able to get such high level access. Indeed, the PM asked me pertinent...
  • January 6, 2010

    The Road to Microfinance

    In the face of dark economic times domestically, I fear a hitherto united front in favour of the government’s international development programmes is beginning to crack. As we look to cutting our vast budget deficit, people are beginning to ask why we are reducing significantly assistance to British citizens when we continue to channel taxpayers’ money into international development.
  • December 22, 2009

    Celebrating London Diversity & Commonality

    Mark attended the Marylebone Interfaith Service this evening, held in the London Fo Guang Shan Temple in Margaret Street.
  • December 22, 2009

    Can We Restore Our Faith In Politics

    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.
  • December 22, 2009

    Mark Celebrates National Tree Week

    The first batch of trees pledged by the local residential and business community has now been planted in Great Portland Street. This coincided with the launch of the UK's 35th National Tree WeeK and a celebratory tree planting in the street by Mark, Hilary Benn MP, Julian Maslinski of the Westminster Tree Trust, Alisdair Douglas of the Tree Council and Tim Rollinson, Director of the Forestry Commission.
  • December 22, 2009

    Addressing Family Recovery Issues Locally

    We live in a fractured society. Amongst other developments the rise of the internet, multiple media outlets and global travel, on a scale unimaginable a couple of decades ago, have wrenched apart the traditional guises of community and common experience. The rise of anti-social behaviour, sickening media reports of child abuse, the increase in violent crime and the trappings of a woefully inadequate benefit system all reflect utter social transformation in many of our communities. This sense that society is, in some part at least, broken has attracted many newspaper headlines and, in response, some tough-sounding policies from central government
  • December 22, 2009

    Reforming The City

    Collectively our nation was lulled into a false sense of security by the clement economic conditions that prevailed for a decade from the mid-1990s, alongside a delusional sense that the good times would be here forever.