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  • September 1, 2002

    Street Sleepers

    A concerned constituent wrote to me in July about a man who had taken to sleeping rough in the Horseferry Road area. Her concern was that, having spoken to the homeless man, he might have slipped though the social services net. As it turned out the man was very well known to local agencies and […]
  • August 1, 2002


    A decade ago the subject of pensions aroused little passion. The young would not consider it and single women, in the main, ignored the prospect. The main pension planners were couples beyond the age of thirty and executives looking for the best working deals. This may be a generalisation but the public’s lack of detailed […]
  • August 1, 2002

    Alzheimer’s Awareness Week

    In July the Alzheimer’s Society held their Awareness Week and I had the privilege to be invited to the launch of its research study into patient experience of diagnosis. The study highlighted the Society’s concern that many carers do not contact their GPs when they first notice that something may be wrong with their parent, […]
  • July 1, 2002

    Electorate’s Dim View Of Politicians

    In one recent survey politicians came top of the list of most disliked people. We even managed to beat estate agents and journalists by some margin. Maybe it is the innocence of a relatively new boy in parliament but one can only hope that all of us politicians and our advisers take the negative impressions […]
  • June 1, 2002

    Women in Public Life

    In a recent survey Patricia Hewitt, the Trade and Industry Secretary, was identified as the third most powerful woman in Britain. The survey of powerful women was conducted by the business magazine “Management Today” and its editor put a business woman top, the Prime Minister’s wife second and Mrs Hewitt third. One can always argue […]
  • May 1, 2002


    At one of my recent meetings with the Corporation of London I was given a plastic ruler made from recycled vending cups. I knew it was made from recycled material because it was emblazoned very strongly across its front. The City authorities were taking a pride in the fact. And so it should. Plastic is […]
  • May 1, 2002

    The Importance Of Community

    I cannot remember the first time I heard the phrase that London is made up of a series of villages. Like most of us Londoners, I reckoned it was something of a cliché at that time, but I must confess that in the year that I have represented the wonderfully diverse Cities of London and […]
  • April 1, 2002

    Wildlife In London

    March was a month where the fox featured very high in the political world again. If I ever saw a fox on my way to work early in the morning in the middle of Westminster I would be shocked but also pleased. City life is improved by the inclusion of animals and birds. It would […]
  • April 1, 2002

    Fox Hunting

    The fate of the fox has featured high recently in political debate. If I ever saw a fox on my way to work early in the morning or even on my journey home late at night here in the middle of Westminster I would be both shocked and in a way pleased. City life is […]
  • 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 […]