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  • January 3, 2003

    The Crossrail Project

    London’s public transport system is unacceptably poor. For such an important economic, political and cultural global city the continuous problems with its transport infrastructure undermine the capacity of all Londoners, and especially its businesses, to go about their everyday lives with any sort o…
  • December 1, 2002


    As this year moves towards its end it is a sad fact to have to record that the most used word in the House of Commons during 2002 has been terrorism. But it is surprising to me just how many people fail to recognise that terrorism thrives most commonly in democratic countries. The freedom fighter […]
  • November 1, 2002

    The Drugs Debate

    During recent months I have carried out a survey amongst my constituents for their views on the possible future decriminalisation of illegal drugs such as cannabis. From the early responses it has been clear that amongst the public there continues to be a great deal of uncertainty about the subjec…
  • November 1, 2002

    Census 2001

    The first release of the recent 2001 census data for Westminster would seem to be so far off the mark that one could easily believe it was carried out by gaslight in 1901 rather than by a state-of-the-art computer system in 2001. Estimates of more than 60,000 people (25% of the estimated total Cit…
  • October 1, 2002

    Crime And Congestion Charging

    Two items on which fellow local residents write to me regularly are the increasing crime in our community and the congestion charging that we face courtesy of Mayor Livingstone. I campaigned last year to reverse Labour’s cut in police numbers (estimated to be in the order of 145 in the Cities of Lo…
  • September 2, 2002

    Trade Justice

    It was a relief to see the recent Johannesburg Earth Summit almost entirely free of violence. It reminded me of another non-violent day in June when 10,000 Trade Justice campaigners came to Parliament to demand a level playing field in trade for the developing world. Demonstrators can make their po…
  • 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 […]