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  • March 21, 2004

    London Faces A Competitive Future

    London is a world city. Make no mistake, if its economy fails, the UK economy will fail. There is also no doubt that London as a financial centre faces intense competition from a range of other cities around the world, and not just from the United States and from within Europe. Indeed my medium-te…
  • March 12, 2004

    Fair Trade

    Christian Aid has been a tremendous force for wellbeing in Africa and many other parts of the world. With the current enthusiasm for Fair Trade one of the aspects that is often overlooked is how much is owed historically to Christian Aid. At the same time that the Fair Trade community strives to de…
  • March 7, 2004

    Mayfair Times Diary – February

    For me February was dominated by the Housing Bill. As the Opposition Whip on this legislation my role is to negotiate, with my opposite number on the Government side, the passage of the Bill. The Standing Committee involves a line-by-line examination of the draft bill, preparing amendments often wit…
  • February 26, 2004

    Europe’s Economy

    Britain continues to move away from the notion of European integration The reports coming out of the World Economic Forum in the swish Swiss ski resort of Davos this year once again showed how this nation is becoming ever less financially and politically aligned with Europe. The euro continues to…
  • February 15, 2004

    Parliamentary Communications

    Although I do not celebrate my fortieth birthday until later this year I am still old enough to remember office life before the age of the computer. Indeed it is a source of some amusement to people only a few years younger than me when I reminisce about my first office job. Between school and […]
  • February 7, 2004

    Mayfair Times Diary – January

    Week beginning 5 January: My political year starts on Friday 2 January with a meeting with the officers of the Strand, Aldwych and Trafalgar Square Association over lunch in the very congenial surroundings of Simpsons. The House of Commons returns after Christmas recess on Monday 5 January and immed…
  • January 29, 2004

    Another Blow Beckons For Education

    The first few weeks of 2004 has seen some of the fiercest arguments among parliamentarians in the House of Commons for a long time. Sadly it was about access to higher education in England and Wales. Our education system is again at a crossroads. Many lecturers, leaders of the teaching unions, edu…
  • January 22, 2004

    Praising The Tolerance Of The British

    This year started with one of those high profile events which dominate the news for a couple of days but which will probably not be much remembered by the end of 2004. Robert Kilroy Silk’s television hour on Monday morning was one of those confessional programmes that I have personally found extrem…
  • January 20, 2004

    Keeping London A Joy

    During last year, as part of my regular contact with constituents, I asked more than 4,000 people living close to Hyde Park for their views on tourism in central London. Though it is not really possible to present a comprehensive report from the responses, I believe that the anecdotal evidence is …
  • January 16, 2004

    Nhs Tourism

    Early in the New Year I met with consultants and leading administrators at one of the major hospitals in my constituency, St Mary’s in Paddington. The level of non-UK nationals who are turning up unannounced at St Mary’s to claim what they regard as free healthcare continues to grow and seemingly …