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  • April 1, 2002

    Notting Hill Carnival

    I have watched with interest the proposal to change the route of the Notting Hill Carnival this summer and welcome its being shelved for this year at least. Ultimately this is a decision for the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. However he remains keen that in future years the Notting Hill Carnival will no longer […]
  • March 1, 2002

    Rubbish And Litter In The City

    When I come out of my home in Belgravia in the morning to go to the House of Commons it is very clear where much late night activity has taken place. Westminster Council has now followed the example of New York and introduced laws to control licensed premises and night cafes to keep the frontage […]
  • January 1, 2002

    Looking Ahead to 2002

    As last year came to a close I found myself being mercilessly teased by colleagues in the House of Commons over the four-part television adaptation of Trollope’s book, The Way We Live Now. The central figure of this nineteenth century drama is Sebastian Melmotte and many of you will have seen how stylishly this rather […]
  • December 1, 2001

    The Pressures of Modern Life

    The Christmas and New Year break always brings with it a curious mix of emotions. On the one hand it provides an ideal and overdue opportunity to escape from the daily routine and to live for the day. That might include spending time with loved ones and friends (or in other cases relishing the opportunity […]
  • November 1, 2001

    Equitable Life

    At the ripe old age of thirty-seven retirement does not feature high on my personal list of priorities. But in my early days as a Member of Parliament the subject of pensions has featured heavily in my political work. The daily postbag from my constituents rarely fails to include mention somewhere of the Equitable Life […]
  • October 19, 2001

    Clean Fuels

    I shall open up the debate slightly to one or two general issues, as well as touching on issues that affect my own constituency in central London. So I should like to thank the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Joan Ruddock) for broadening the debate earlier. I must confess that I disagree with vi...
  • October 1, 2001

    International Situation

    One of the most attractive features of political life is its sheer uncertainty. My last column was written in the second week of September and I discussed my involvement on behalf of constituents affected by the difficulties surrounding the insurance company Equitable Life as well as what seemed the most the pressing issue of the […]
  • September 1, 2001

    Congestion Charging

    I suspect that many of you reading this must reckon that Members of Parliament have an easy life. After all we have a summer holiday that lasts almost three months! Rest assured my wife, Michele, and I have been able to take a couple of weeks holiday (by the time this is published we will […]
  • August 1, 2001

    Working Together on London Issues

    One of the unexpected benefits of Parliamentary life is the way in which MPs across different political parties are able to build up common interests. Although my parliamentary career is barely two months old, I have already had discussions with a number of London Labour MPs here in London about pressing issues where a cross-party […]
  • July 1, 2001

    Visting Local Charities

    So what has been the most interesting thing you have done since becoming a Member of Parliament? I guess I have been asked that question more times than I would care to remember during the six weeks since the General Election. I must confess that sitting on the famous green benches in the debating chamber […]