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  • March 6, 2016

    Sustainable recovery after a financial crisis is a long haul

    The UK economy was critically exposed when the global financial crisis of liquidity and solvency hit in 2007-08. Yet it is impossible to see how this fate might have been avoided given the importance and size of the City of London with its financial services expertise. Nevertheless it became clear as the crisis unfolded that […]
  • February 13, 2016

    Britain’s place in the world

    Few elections since Victorian times can be said to have been determined by foreign affairs. Nevertheless the absence of any significant debate on Britain’s place in the world during last year’s General Election was revealing. In the decade since troops were controversially sent into battle in Iraq, the UK still has not decided the extent […]
  • February 12, 2016

    Pensions ISA won’t drive people to save

    Mark featured in this morning’s City AM with the following article in support of their pensions campaign: A pensions revolution may truly be upon us. Hats off then to City A.M. whose reporting has led the way in publicising the Treasury’s activities in advance of potential changes to how Britain incentivises pension saving. The lurid comparison […]
  • January 27, 2016

    National security – the referendum dimension

    Understandably political commentators and Eurosceptic MPs alike have been obsessing over the contents of the Prime Minister’s November letter to European Council President, Donald Tusk. According to taste, the famous four ‘baskets’ have displayed the breadth or paucity of the UK government’s renegotiation ambitions. Yet in a speech to Chatham House three days earlier David […]
  • January 10, 2016

    Drone warfare opens up a legal minefield

    Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, have proved devastatingly effective. Militarily their use has assisted in expelling al-Qaeda from large tracts of Pakistan and Yemen. Politically they have allowed the US for some years now to pursue strategic objectives without needing to put boots on the ground in an era when there is little appetite from […]
  • December 23, 2015

    Why Ministers who want to leave EU should resign

    Mark was quoted in today’s Telegraph about whether Ministers should openly advocate our leaving the EU before the referendum. That article can be found here and you can read Mark’s full position on this below.  “We went into the last election seven months ago on a specific pledge to renegotiate our EU membership, and then to let […]
  • December 18, 2015

    Time for radicalism to address London’s housing crisis?

    Mark wrote the following piece on housing for City AM. You can read the article on their site by clicking here. It is also pasted below: As MP for the most central London constituency since 2001, I cannot recall a time when housing issues have not dominated my postbag. No surprise, perhaps, when UK buyers […]
  • December 10, 2015

    Venture Capital

    Mark wrote the following article for this week’s House Magazine on Tech City and its future: The transformation from the mid-noughties of an unloved district around Old Street into a swinging Silicon Roundabout was a timely reminder of what can happen when enterprise is left to its own devices. It was the low rents of […]
  • December 3, 2015

    The UK needs to insure itself better against the cyber-terrorist threat

    In the week after the devastating atrocities in Paris, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that infiltration of our online infrastructure ranks alongside “guns, bombs and knives” as a terrorist threat against which the UK needs urgently to defend itself. Elevating cyberterrorism in such a public manner, backed up with commendably generous financial resources for […]
  • December 2, 2015

    Syria Vote

    Many residents have written to Mark in recent days about today’s vote on military action in Syria. We are striving to respond to everyone as quickly as possible with the following reply, which sets out Mark’s views: Dear Fellow Resident, Thank you for your email regarding the UK’s potential involvement in military action in Syria. Let me […]