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  • April 5, 2007

    What The Budget Should Have Said

    No one likes paying tax. Nevertheless we all recognise that creating a civilised society and being able to reap the benefits of community life costs money. Inevitably much of the media attention of this year’s budget focussed on the headline reduction of the basic rate of income tax ? a tax cut, let…
  • April 5, 2007

    Thames Pathway Walk

    Londoners walk for Macmillan Cancer Support I am encouraging everyone to take up the Macmillan Cancer Support challenge to take part in the Thames Pathway Walk on Sunday 20 May. You can enjoy London’s fantastic riverside, starting from either Putney or Woolwich with the option of stopping after fiv…
  • April 1, 2007

    The Soup Kitchen Dilemma

    Concern about rough sleepers and the homeless has featured strongly in my constituency postbag ever since I entered Parliament in 2001. Initially I was made aware of the valuable work done in reducing the numbers of rough sleepers in Westminster due to a managed approach from Westminster Council, the Metropolitan Police, various homeless charities and […]
  • March 20, 2007

    More Olympic Woe

    20 March 2007 View from the House It is over four years since I first spoke in Parliament about the London 2012 Olympics. Back in January 2003 during a House of Commons debate on the British bid (as it then was) I said that “We have seen the story of the London Olympics bid in […]
  • March 13, 2007

    The Future Of Sloane Square

    Many local people will have read and seen reports on the future re-development of Sloane Square. I am made aware of the deep feeling about this issue by the number of letters that regularly come my way here in the Commons.This is strictly speaking a matter for the two local councils managing the are…
  • March 5, 2007

    The Slave Trade

    On 25 March Britain will mark the 200th anniversary since the abolition of slavery with both a sense of pride and a degree of shame. The transatlantic slave trade was an inhuman, degrading business. Over the course of three hundred years, some ten to twelve million Africans were shipped to the Ameri…
  • February 28, 2007

    Extending The Congestion Charge

       EXTENDING THE CONGESTION CHARGE28 February 2007 View from the House As the ravenous Congestion Charge zone enveloped a second area of central London earlier this year, the ever-fanciful Mayor of London declared that ‘Cities all over the world are looking to London’s example.’ But just what will these international cities be taking from our […]
  • February 10, 2007

    Defence In The World

    The Prime Minister’s most recent ? and perhaps his last ? word on defence in the world was a plea that we engage in a national debate on the precise extent of Britain’s future military commitments. In the tenth year of a premiership whose primary legacy will be of its military adventures, this see…
  • February 1, 2007

    The Future Of The United Nations

    In 1823, US President James Monroe proclaimed a new direction for American foreign policy, asserting that the United States would consider any European interference with the nations of the Americas as an act of aggression. It became known as the Monroe Doctrine, and was to define and inform America’…
  • January 25, 2007

    Advertising -safeguarding A Free Society

    As a former businessman my instinctive reaction to news of new government regulation invariably is one of suspicion. When the body that regulates television (Ofcom) began a widespread consultation at the end of last year on a proposal to restrict food and soft drinks advertising in programmes with p…