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  • May 15, 2007

    The Blair Legacy

    How will history judge the decade-long premiership of Tony Blair? On the day before President Nixon was forced to resign in disgrace, his Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, tried to cheer him up by insisting that history would judge his presidency to be a success.  The embattled Nixon concluded g…
  • May 11, 2007

    Taking Crime Off London’s Streets

    With the recent news stories of youth murders in central London there has been much wringing of hands and posturing by politicians and so-called experts in youth, parental, drug and obesity matters on not only what is wrong but also the solution to the problem.  My view is that all the past pontif…
  • April 10, 2007

    Police Should Be Locally Accountable

    One of the many historical quirks of my Cities of London and Westminster constituency is its structure of policing. There are forty-three local police constabularies covering the whole of Britain, yet my smaller inner-city seat is served by two. Like many MPs I regularly receive complaints about pol…
  • 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 […]