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  • February 25, 2009

    Mark Visits Hand & Lock

    This morning Mark visited Hand & Lock, one of our constituency's oldest manufacturers, to see examples of their exquisite embroidery work....
  • February 18, 2009

    The Fallacy of British Jobs For British

    "Today's employment opportunities may well be snapped up by eager young men and women from central Europe, and economic growth may continue apace, but soon, perhaps very soon, there will be a reckoning...
  • February 9, 2009

    A Few Home Truths On Banking

    Our nation needs a thriving financial services sector. The spiritual home of the UK's banking industry is in the City, but its importance as an employer and engine for economic growth extends throughout the land...
  • February 3, 2009

    Where Now For The British Banking

    The dismal plight facing the UK economy naturally brings to mind rousing and inspirational Churchillian rhetoric...
  • January 28, 2009

    Speed Cameras

    Mark appeared on the BBC's Daily Politics show this afternoon to discuss speed cameras...
  • 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 […]