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  • July 31, 2003

    The Middle East

    As Parliament goes into its summer recess it is clear that the problems in the Middle East remain uppermost in many minds. We cannot just hope the problems will simply go away, these deeply entrenched difficulties between nations, races and religious groups must be resolved by political means for th…
  • July 24, 2003

    The Destructiveness Of The Cap

    This summer saw a travesty in the liberal use of the word "reform" applied to the settlement agreed for the new European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Sitting here in a central London constituency it may be argued by some that this is not a relevant subject for me compared to a Member …
  • July 10, 2003


    Exhortation by us politicians to promote more freedom and choice has to be tempered by the disappointing failure of so many who eschew responsibility for their actions which harm both the community and natural environments. Nowhere has this been truer than in my involvement with the Licensing Bill…
  • July 3, 2003

    Licensing And The Environment

    One of the oldest adages in both politics and life in general is that "what goes around comes around". Nowhere else has this been truer than in my involvement with the Licensing Bill, which has taken up so much of my time over the past three months. It brought back memories of the detaile…
  • June 21, 2003

    Trip To Syria

    I spent a week over Whitsun on a parliamentary delegation abroad. When I told people that I was going to be one of a ten-strong parliamentary delegation to Syria there was much sympathy. Most people seemed to think that I was likely to be heading into the middle of a war zone and already one […]
  • June 10, 2003

    Asylum Seekers And The Nhs

    This summer marks the anniversary of my second year in Parliament. During these two years one subject has dominated my postbag, much of my time and required an overwhelming amount of energy from my office staff at the House of Commons. This issue concerns the problems of visitor passport visas, asy…
  • May 23, 2003

    The Congestion Charge And Small Business

    This year has been decidedly hard work for the small retail and service businesses in Belgravia and many parts of Central London. From talking to the owners of local small shops that I frequent around my home in Elizabeth Street it is clear that there has been much concern about trade in the area du…
  • May 9, 2003

    Firearms Amnesty

    The figures from the recent national firearms amnesty shed absolutely no light on the extent of gun crime here in London. Indeed the borough which took in the highest number of guns proved to be Bromley with 220 (twice as many as Lambeth and five times as many as Tower Hamlets). The most ammunition …
  • May 8, 2003

    No End To Politics In Cricket

    I love cricket. The only chance I get to play the game now is when I’m part of the parliamentary Lords & Commons team during the summer but when the sun shines there is nothing like it. Few people develop a love of cricket. It is, like many sports, something that becomes ingrained in you […]
  • April 30, 2003


    Unemployment continues to stay at record lows but these figures are deceptive. Over the past two years the majority of employment growth has been driven by the public sector which has been on a tax-payer funded hiring spree. So far this growth has managed to mask a severe slowdown in the private man…