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Category: News & Articles

  • January 27, 2009

    Lessons To Be Learnt

    It was one of the tightest votes since Labour took office in 1997. Indeed it was – even in the heyday of a landslide parliamentary majority - one it almost lost....
  • January 23, 2009

    The Green Shoots Of Recovery Only

    On the day that reported figures for the number of people applying for unemployment benefit reached nearly 2 million (Wed 19 January) the Guardian newspaper ran 34 broadsheet pages of job opportunities in the public sector...
  • January 23, 2009

    Time For Parliament To Take A

    Out in the real world beyond the Houses of Parliament there is growing alarm at the next tsunami threatening to engulf our beleaguered economy - the inequitable state of affairs between public and private pensions...
  • December 23, 2008

    African Problems…Chinese Solutions?

    The fate of Africa has often attracted the attention of the more powerful members of the international community who have over the centuries been irresistibly tempted by its valuable, unique and vast natural resources. From Sudan, with its deep natural oil reserves to invaluable copper in Zambia and precious iron ore in Gabon, Africa is […]
  • December 15, 2008

    The Need To Offer Change And Security

    As one of the most tumultuous parliamentary sessions of recent times draws to a close, Harold Wilson’s famous maxim about a week being a long time in politics seems deliciously apposite. Yet amidst the seismic economic change and bewildering events that have engulfed the financial markets, I would contend that many of the fundamentals of […]
  • December 15, 2008

    Mark Visits The Connection

    This morning Mark visited The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields to learn about the work they do to help the homeless in the constituency. Work with homeless people has been going on at St Martin-in-the-Fields since at least 1948, when the first formal organisation was set up by the Church. The Social Care Unit, based on […]
  • December 9, 2008

    An Evening Underground

    One of the joys of representing our constituency is to be found in discovering hidden aspects of London life. In the early, chilly hours of this morning I was lucky enough to glimpse the tireless efforts of tube maintenance workers on a trip underground with TfL contractor, Tube Lines. While we may sometimes find our […]
  • November 27, 2008

    A Right To Die Or A Duty To Die?

    To many people’s minds one of the most fundamental human rights is the right to life itself. As a corollary to what extent should an individual be entitled to end his life and how might the law best safeguard such assisted dying? As recently as September, 23 year-old Daniel James was helped by Dignitas, a […]
  • November 26, 2008

    Contact The Elderly Seeks Volunteers

    Over forty years ago, local Marylebone resident, Trevor Lyttleton, set up Contact the Elderly after noticing that many of his older neighbours very rarely received visitors, leading to isolation and loneliness. Contact the Elderly co-ordinates small groups of volunteers who use their cars to take elderly, house-bound people on regular visits to hosts’ homes one […]
  • November 20, 2008

    Procurement – A Route To Reducing

    Public sector purchasing policy is not exactly a subject designed to make the pulse race. But perhaps it should. At a time when scrutiny of the public finances has never been greater, a prudent procurement policy offers a heaven-sent opportunity to rein in public expenditure. The lack of visibility of so much of this spend […]