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  • 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…
  • 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 …