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  • October 15, 2008

    Helping London’s Housing Associations

    Mark met representatives today from some of London’s biggest housing associations, the G15, to discuss the impact of the credit crunch and their ideas for a radical overhaul of the social housing landscape. The G15 associations house around one in ten Londoners and manage 410 000 homes in the city. A lack of capital liquidity […]
  • October 14, 2008

    Mark Visits Homestart

    Mark joined the Conservative candidate for Westminster North, Joanne Cash, this morning on a visit to a Home Start project in Church Street to discuss the support they offer families across Westminster. Home Start is the UK’s leading family support charity. Through a network of more than 15 000 trained parent volunteers, the charity supports […]
  • October 9, 2008

    Power Moves Eastwards

    We can all be forgiven for being bewildered by the implications of the turmoil in the global financial markets. Over the past seven months most of the UK’s biggest mortgage lenders – and all of the US investment banks – have ceased to exist as independent entities. We are witnessing the first signs of a […]
  • October 8, 2008

    In Defence Of Capitalism

    These are dangerous times for capitalism and free markets. In the past few weeks we witnessed an unravelling of the global financial system at a speed so breathtaking that even seasoned financial experts have little certainty as to its eventual implications. The political class is reeling. How best to balance the need for swift and […]
  • September 28, 2008

    Mark Sweeps To Football Victory

    The MPs’ team swept to a stunning victory over the journalists’ team at this year’s Football Association quiz at the Conservative Party Conference. Mark along with fellow MPs, Hugh Robertson (Shadow Sports Minister) and Alastair Burt MP (Assistant Chief Whip), formed the quiz dream team and called on the spirit of Bury FC to help […]
  • September 22, 2008

    The State Of The Metropolitan Police

    When one thinks of the Metropolitan Police these days, what description comes to mind? A dynamic, united and responsive police force known primarily for its robust crime-fighting? Or a bloated, divided organisation, paralysed by political correctness whose name seems synonymous with scandal? To the dismay of many of my constituents (or at least those living […]
  • September 18, 2008

    A Year Is A Long Time In Politics

    A year ago this September there was much speculation that the Prime Minister was about to call a General Election. Whatever were his private reasons for not doing so I was convinced that he would avoid the opportunity because of the crisis which was arising at Northern Rock. The phenomenon of the Northern Rock ‘run […]
  • September 15, 2008

    Discussing Local Health Concerns

    Mark met Joe Hegarty, Chair, and Michael Scott, Chief Executive of Westminster Primary Care Trust, this morning to discuss health issues concerning the local area. The PCT is currently considering plans for GP-led health centres in the borough and is also looking at ways of improving paediatric and stroke services. Mark was assured by the […]
  • September 15, 2008

    Mark & Campaigners Meet Lord Adonis

    Mark helped to set up a meeting between Pimlico School campaigners and Schools Minister, Lord Adonis, this afternoon to discuss the school’s new academy status. Pimlico School, formerly a mixed comprehensive for 11 to 19 year olds, is known for its progressive ethos and distinctive Sixties “brutalist” architecture. But it was put in special measures […]
  • September 5, 2008

    Property Versus Pensions

    The current crisis in the property market and the recent woeful attempts to stabilise it show once again how far this Labour government has moved our nation away from the importance of savings and aided the decline of the British pensions industry which was the envy of the world a decade or so ago. The […]