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  • December 11, 2003

    Bringing Crossrail In On Schedule

    London’s public transport system is unacceptably poor. For such an important economic, political and cultural global city the continuous problems with its transport infrastructure undermine the capacity of all Londoners, and especially its businesses, to go about their everyday lives with any sort o…
  • December 10, 2003

    Safety In London

    As another New Year beckons there can be little doubt that the fear of crime and the scourge of anti-social behaviour are the two most critical issues facing us Londoners. Since becoming your MP I have carried out constituency surveys about a wide range of issues and no matter whether it has been …
  • December 7, 2003

    November Diary

    November is always an extremely busy month in Parliament. It is the end of one parliamentary year and the start of another marked by the Queen’s Speech which was delivered this year by the Queen on November 26. This normal frenetic level of activity was increased for me further by the Conservative P…
  • December 1, 2003

    Congestion Charging Must Go

    Attending the switching on of the Regent Street Christmas lights by rock star Daniel Bedingfield, I spoke to many folk there who commented on the fact that the congestion charge was bound to keep a lot of people driving their cars into central London to see the lights. It certainly didn’t seem so …
  • November 13, 2003

    A Long Month In Politics

    October is the month when parliament is fully back in action after its summer recess. For a Conservative October also always means the Party conference. That in itself makes this autumn month a special one in the political calendar but October 2003 has been much, much more for me with the leadership contest developing within […]
  • November 12, 2003

    Parliamentary Visit To Israel

    In October I visited Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for the very first time as part of a four man parliamentary delegation. It made for a valuably balanced learning experience, following my parliamentary visit to Syria in the summer. Throughout Israel, Syria and the areas controlled by t…
  • October 24, 2003

    A Trip To India

    I know that here in central London we moan about congestion and the hustle and bustle of everyday city life but until you have seen life in the middle of an Indian city it is impossible to appreciate what a teeming mass of humanity really looks like. My experience of India came about this summer […]
  • October 1, 2003

    Free And Fair Trade

    1. GENERAL OVERVIEW Global trade enjoys an increasingly high political profile. As a result of technological advance, large-scale migration and progressively liberalised markets, we live in a world that is ever closer both physically and in public perception. Europe is no longer the frontier of pe…
  • September 19, 2003

    Terrorism – A Global Problem

    Two years ago the world was shaken by the appalling events in New York. In this world of rapid global communications I believe the greatest horror for most of us at that time was being able to watch events as they unfolded live on television. Those images and the sense of disbelief, then powerlessne…
  • September 17, 2003

    Identity Cards

    Picture this: a quiet Sunday morning and you pop out to buy the newspapers. Absentmindedly you pick up your house keys and some cash and make your way to the local newsagent. Imagine your surprise when you encounter a policeman who demands proof of who you are and what you are doing. Only then does […]