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  • 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 …
  • January 14, 2004

    Britain’s Insurance Industry

    The health of Britain’s insurance industry is a vital part of this nation’s financial strength. During the last few years insurance, alongside the pensions industry, has prompted much concern both for the way it has run itself and for the manner in which its millions of customers have been let down….
  • January 7, 2004

    Mayfair Times Diary – December

    December Diary Like everyone else the main difficulty in December is to balance the vast array of Christmas social occasions against a workload that is compressed into a short month. By the time Christmas came this year I was very ready for a quiet time away from London. Week beginning 1 December…
  • 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 …