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  • 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…
  • April 28, 2003

    Communications Bill

    The Communications Bill which is currently before Parliament aims to pave the way for a new communications regulator, Ofcom. In its final annual report this April the Independent Television Commission, one of those bodies being replaced by Ofcom, warned that television soap operas had reached satura…
  • March 22, 2003

    Anti-war Demonstrations

    The Iraq War is having effects on a broad front close to home as well as abroad. The greatest effect is clearly on friends and families of the armed forces fighting in the theatre of war itself but a politician’s job is to continue to represent his or her constituents on a variety of issues, […]
  • March 15, 2003

    Conflict In Iraq

    During the months which preceded the Iraq war and especially in the days close to the onset of the conflict my mailbag was inundated with views on the rights and wrongs of the decision for Britain to be in a coalition with America and others in the war against Iraq. In as many cases as […]
  • March 1, 2003

    Genetically Modified Food

    In the months ahead in Parliament the subject of genetically modified (GM) foods will again be raised. Having recently been on a political lecture tour in mainland Europe it is also clear that the current unease of many European leaders towards American foreign policy will have a profound on the GM …
  • February 12, 2003

    Beware The So-called Experts

    There’s never a dull day here in Parliament. Certainly, you learn something new every day. Have you ever heard of kava kava? I must admit my first notion was that it was the name of some Indonesian island or perhaps a new dance craze of which I had yet to become aware. So when I […]
  • February 1, 2003

    Facing Up To The Aids Threat

    Much is being said in the country at the moment about the important potential loss of life in any war with Iraq. But little is being made of the fact that more than 8,000 people are dying every day of HIV/AIDS throughout the world. The virus is now truly a global phenomenon but because our […]
  • January 30, 2003

    Learning From Constituents

    Whenever constituents ask me about life as an MP, many think it must be very exciting to meet such a diverse range of people in my everyday life. Alternatively, others say that the one thing they would hate most in my position is having to be on one’s best behaviour at all times whenever meeting […]
  • January 22, 2003

    Shaping London’s Future

    Central London was somewhat lacking in good cheer during this New Year with Trafalgar Square closed to merrymakers and no fireworks but the boundaries of good cheer now face major challenges during 2003. Two major bills are coming before parliament this year in the form of the Licensing Bill and th…