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  • August 17, 2016

    The arguments in favour of grammar schools haven’t changed

    In May 2007, I was inspired to write my first ever article for ConservativeHome on a subject that went to the very heart of why I became a Conservative – grammar schools. Arguments over the future of selective education have been some of the very liveliest in our Party in recent decades, predating even the […]
  • August 3, 2016

    The Prime Minister’s commitment to defeat modern slavery

    As someone who has been highlighting the issue of modern slavery in the past, I was delighted to read the Prime Minister’s article published this weekend in the Sunday Telegraph which laid out her commitment to wipe out the scourge of modern slavery from society, and indeed positioning the government to take an international lead […]
  • July 29, 2016

    Where now for the Geneva Convention?

    One of the great paradoxes of this era of globalisation is the narrowing of many Western minds about the world that lies beyond our own culture and values. For sure today’s opinion formers – and indeed the vast majority of our population – are better travelled than ever, but the dominance of US culture and […]
  • July 10, 2016

    Denmark and Sweden are key allies as we negotiate a new future outside the EU

    A week is a long time in politics – as we know full well amidst these dizzyingly turbulent times. So we can safely presume that the two years or so that lie ahead as we extricate ourselves from the EU will consist of countless unpredictable ebbs and flows. Continental economic turmoil is a given. Not […]
  • July 6, 2016

    Conservative leadership

    The heart of the UK’s business, financial and professional services industry lies in my constituency. My own local Conservative Association is one of the three largest in the UK. Since nominations closed for the Leadership of the Party last week I have not aligned myself with any team nor declared public support for a candidate. […]
  • July 1, 2016

    Why I’m getting involved with the Youth Violence Commission

    Vicky Foxcroft, Labour MP for Lewisham Deptford, has set up a cross-party commission seeking to tackle youth violence. Below, Mark sets out why he’s signed up to be part of the team. To find out more about the Youth Violence Commission and its work visit: http://www.youthviolencecommission.org/ Youth and gang violence in my constituency, Cities of London and […]
  • June 30, 2016

    It’ll take blood, sweat and toil but Brexit can work for the City

    I cannot pretend otherwise: it was with dismay that I watched Thursday night’s EU referendum results unfold. My view that Britain should remain an EU member was less a tactical position than an authentic, passionate and long-held belief, as well as something I felt was firmly in the City of London’s interests. As I watched […]
  • June 27, 2016

    To those constituents demanding a second referendum

    It had long been my belief that the British people should be given the opportunity to determine our nation’s relationship with the EU in a referendum. Indeed I voted in defiance of a three line whip in October 2011 to that effect – after repeated promises by governments of all colours, this long-running sore needed […]
  • June 16, 2016


    Mark wrote the following piece for City AM. It was published in their June 16 edition which can be found online This Thursday evening Mansion House once again acts as host to the great and good of the City’s financial services fraternity. Amidst inevitable chatter about the outcome and implications of the EU referendum vote […]
  • June 14, 2016

    Brexiteers are selling a vision which is starry-eyed to the point of wanton irresponsibility

    Mark wrote the following piece for Conservative Home which can be found online here. A huge paradox lies at the heart of the Leave campaign. For years, arch-Eurosceptics have been telling us that the EU acts as a conspiracy against our national interests and that no UK government is capable of negotiating a deal with […]