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  • July 10, 2005

    The Events Of 7 July 2005

    Last Thursday morning fourteen people lost their lives in the terrorist atrocities in my constituency at Edgware Road and Aldgate. Whether you live in Bayswater, Bucharest, Beijing or Buenos Aires you will all have heard within minutes of the terrible news of the bomb attacks in central London. F…
  • July 7, 2005

    London’s Olympic Win

    So we won! Now the hard work begins in preparation for London’s Olympics in 2012. As regular readers of my articles will know I am a great sports fan. There is nothing that we sport-followers enjoy more than seeing the underdog beat the favourite (especially if it is the French). I am the first to…
  • July 4, 2005


    After the wall-to-wall coverage of last Saturday’s Live 8 concert in Hyde Park, surely no sensible politician would dare argue against writing off Africa’s colossal Government debt? But I am acutely aware that amidst this outbreak of apparent unanimity across the political divide, it is all the more…
  • July 1, 2005

    The European Union

    As Britain takes on the Presidency of Europe for the next six months this country should take little pleasure at the public bickering and thorough mess that Europe’s politicians are making of the current impasse over Britain’s rebate and the failure to modernise the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)….
  • June 26, 2005

    Teenage Concerns In Westminster

    Recently teenage pupils from two schools in my constituency, Pimlico and Westminster, sent me letters on matters of local concern to them. Obviously the letters were written as part of exercises in class – one set from a Citizenship class in Pimlico School and the other set of letters from Westmins…
  • June 20, 2005

    Marylebone Fire Station

    Since the recent decision by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) to close Manchester Square Fire Station the residents of Marylebone are looking at the prospects of re-opening the station with a privately-funded Marylebone Fire Brigade. The idea is one which may seem difficult…
  • June 9, 2005

    Analysing The Economy

    With the recent General Election gradually fading from most people’s minds it is the economy that is now taking much more public attention especially here in central London. The short-term economic outlook looks less rosy. The picture for the housing market is very flat, consumer spending has reduc…
  • May 24, 2005

    Smiling Amongst The Election Showers

    Electioneering is a serious business but like all important matters there is always time for humour and fun. With the British weather the way it was this April and May all election candidates and activists had to learn a lot of humour to survive the regular drenchings from seasonal showers over the …
  • May 10, 2005

    The General Election

    Make no mistake, May’s election result represents little more than a stand still for the Conservatives. The Party may desperately scramble for crumbs of comfort at the outcome ? true we now hold 197 seats but secured a mere 33.1% of the UK vote. Whichever way you look at it, this amounts to the Tori…
  • April 4, 2005

    A Vision For London

    1 London – a city like no other London is a global city. Its outstanding success is based on its unique diversity – a rich mix of people, innovation and energy, which has served London so well over the two thousand years since its foundation. London has always been different from other British citi…