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  • July 30, 2008

    Homeless Exhibition

    The West London Day Centre invites you to visit David Graham’s exhibition, The Homeless, which runs from 8 August to 4 September at the MIC Hotel and Conference Centre in Euston. The exhibition is the result of an ongoing project to photograph homeless and disenfranchised people as they pass through the Day Centre and hopes […]
  • July 22, 2008

    Looking Beyond The Summer

    Having been in Parliament now since June 2001 I cannot remember a summer during the last seven years when politicians of all parties faced the parliamentary recess with such concern for the British economy. If it was not for the very bleak domestic news about knife violence on Britain’s streets I suspect that the continuous […]
  • July 3, 2008

    Parliamentary Expenses Woe

    YET MORE PARLIAMENTARY EXPENSES WOE How can Parliament credibly regulate and legislate when it so palpably fails to put its own House in order over MPs’ allowances and expenses? In the aftermath of high-profile revelations about the blatant misuse of public money by MPs, the Speaker set up a Committee in February charged with a […]
  • June 17, 2008

    Reducing University Drop Out Rate

    The latest figures for the number of students leaving university courses during their first year show little decrease on previous years’ figures. I recognise that some students make a mistake on choosing the wrong courses, some take up opportunities outside the world of continuing education and many others leave for financial or personal reasons. However […]
  • June 16, 2008

    Regenerating Covent Garden

    This morning Mark met Gary Marcuccilli, Managing Director of Covent Garden London, to discuss plans to regenerate Covent Garden, one of London’s most famous locations. In August 2006, property company, Capco, purchased the 750 000sq ft Covent Garden estate for £421.5 million and became the largest single property owner in the Covent Garden area. It […]
  • June 12, 2008

    Tackling Crime And Disorder

    Knife crime will probably abate. As has similarly gun crime, car jacking, mobile phone stealing and many other criminal activities that gain a high public profile for a while. The activities recede because lawmakers act more strongly, the general public becomes more wary and technology improves. The media bandwagon also moves on, so before too […]
  • June 10, 2008

    A Passion For Teaching

    With my own passion for traditional education I am concerned that our nation is still struggling with the numbers of pupils who are disinterested in their education by the time they reach the age of sixteen. We compare badly to the growing strength and importance of the education systems in the countries which are going […]
  • June 5, 2008

    Climate Change Bill

    From time to time an almost religious fervour surrounds a political idea. A consensus emerges about its importance which relegates to the margins any sensible or open discussion about the issue. Almost a decade ago the impact of the millennium bug on conventional computer systems was one such idea. All the experts were united – […]
  • June 5, 2008

    Sleeping Rough In The Square Mile

    Living as we do in this city centre constituency where the enormously wealthy live cheek by jowl with some of the poorest, most disenfranchised in our society, I believe we are confronted more regularly than most by the issues surrounding rough sleeping. Many of us may be particularly familiar with rough sleeping in the Westminster […]
  • May 27, 2008

    Supermarkets: A Free Market Success

    Supermarkets are one of this country’s success stories. The Competition Commission has recently completed its third full-scale inquiry into supermarkets in the last eight years and given them a thumbs-up on most issues. The Commission’s most recent investigation sought to establish whether consumers are receiving the benefits of vigorous competition. After about 550 submissions, 65 […]