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  • 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 […]
  • November 11, 2008

    Expanding Heathrow Is Not The Way

    Mark spoke in a debate at the Royal Aeronautical Society entitled, ‘Heathrow Expansion – or Thames Estuary Airport?’. He argued in favour of a brand new hub airport in the Thames Estuary and the closure of Heathrow. “Since the beginning of the millennium, our government has dithered and delayed over the pressing need to expand […]
  • November 10, 2008

    Time To Tell It As It Is To The Electorate

    The state of the public finances is a national disgrace. Over eleven years of Labour administration too much government borrowing has funded current consumption. Instead of building a secure future we are borrowing from it and condemning future generations of Britons, some still to be born, to pick up the bill for the cost of […]
  • November 6, 2008

    Keeping It Simple With Public Service

    My heart sank at the urgency with which politicians of all parties demanded to have their say as the Jonathan Ross/Russell Brand controversy went live. In truth shouldn’t this really have been a matter for the BBC governors? Well, I am happy to confess that my initial instinct was wrong – the widespread public distaste […]
  • November 5, 2008

    New Academic Building Opens At Lse

    Her Majesty The Queen opened a fantastic new building at the London School of Economics (LSE) this morning and Mark, LSE’s local MP, was asked to join her. At a cost of £71 million, the New Academic Building houses teaching rooms, theatres, a debating chamber and offices. Mark said, ‘This breathtaking building now gives LSE […]
  • November 4, 2008

    Mark Meets New South Westminster Superintendent

    This morning Mark was introduced to Simon Ovens, the new superintendent for South Westminster. Meeting in Portcullis House, the pair discussed local policing matters including aggressive begging, dangerous cyclists, problems around Victoria Coach Station and the need for improved sentencing and bail systems. Superintendent Ovens discussed his moves to get officers out of their cars […]
  • October 28, 2008

    Olympics 2012 – A Legacy Or A Liability?

    (I was unable to take part in the debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday 29th October but part of the article below would have formed my contribution to that debate.) In Autumn 2008 with Britain heading into a recession, volatility in global stock markets and the banking world still shaking from near collapse, […]
  • October 24, 2008

    A Brave New World For Bankers

    Amidst the bewilderingly swift developments of recent weeks in the financial services sector, many in the City can be forgiven for failing to appreciate the extent of change in the landscape that lies before them. Some complacently regard the recent turmoil as a short-lived upheaval and that business will ‘return to normal’ before long. I […]
  • October 21, 2008

    Youth Crime In London

    Mark contributed this morning to a debate tabled by Simon Hughes MP on youth crime in London. With the horrendous number of teenage murders in the capital over the past few years, young and old constituents alike are naturally worried about their safety. In the past six months there have been 303 recorded youth violence […]