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  • 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 […]
  • September 1, 2003

    Addressing The Issues Of Crime In London

    In a recent survey conducted to my constituents who live close to Hyde Park about tourism in central London many respondents highlighted the need for more police to be seen in the area such that London could be safer and promoted as such. Whether it is Knightsbridge, Belgravia or Bayswater and the…
  • August 24, 2003

    Cracking The Whip

    When most people hear the word "whip" they think of a rider thrashing a horse’s flank, Harrison Ford’s heroics as Indiana Jones or a mean muscle-bound giant taking a cat o’nine tails to a prisoner’s back. If only it was that exciting! At the end of June I was invited by the Conservative C…
  • August 14, 2003

    China – The New Economic Superpower?

    I believe that, over the next decade or so, China will become the world’s second economic superpower. The European Union, unless it fundamentally reforms its backward-looking ways, will never be able to rival the USA despite the rhetoric of some of its leaders. China looms large in its capacity to e…
  • August 7, 2003

    The Life Of An Mp

    Within the House of Commons there is much concern about the lower turnout figures at most of this nation’s political elections. Voter apathy, especially amongst the young has to be reversed and, despite television coverage of parliamentary activity and media coverage of politician and political stor…