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  • November 19, 2015

    Time for radicalism to address London’s housing crisis?

    As a central London MP for fourteen years, I cannot recall a time when housing issues have not dominated my postbag. No surprise, perhaps. I represent the heart of a vibrant and enthralling metropolis, where UK citizens compete for a limited supply of homes with a global citizenry who come to London to make or […]
  • November 3, 2015

    Housing and Planning Bill

    Yesterday the Housing and Planning Bill had its Second Reading in the House of Commons. I had planned to speak but due to the level of interest among MPs in contributing to the debate, I was not able to get in. I paste below the speech I had intended to make and will now plan […]
  • November 3, 2015

    Data protection – can UK exceptionalism take hold?

    At the heart of the political and ethical tensions over the government’s draft Investigatory Powers legislation to be published later this week is the issue of judicial authorisation. In a democracy, who should decide the extent of operational powers exercised by our intelligence services in pursuit of national security? Historically the UK has regarded this […]
  • October 28, 2015

    Britain is a force for good in the EU

    The European Union is not working – or so its detractors claim. No one can deny the extent of the strains that give weight to their argument. The perennially shambolic conduct of Eurozone business threatens to undermine the Union’s claim to create prosperity and respect democracy. Meanwhile, the refugee and migrant crisis that has spread […]
  • October 22, 2015

    Tax Credits

    For those constituents seeking Mark’s views on the tax credit proposals put forward by the government. Dear Resident, Thank you very much for your email about the government’s tax credit proposals. I appreciate your concern that changes to the existing tax credits system might leave some people out of pocket. I thought it might be […]
  • October 15, 2015

    Broadband Success!

    For many months now, Mark has been ferociously lobbying both BT and the Secretary of State to wake up to the problem of poor superfast broadband coverage in Central London. In fact last year he tabled a parliamentary debate specifically on this subject after receiving countless representations from constituents fed up with the inability to […]
  • October 11, 2015

    What now electorally for the Lib Dems?

    The prolonged battle for the Labour Party’s leadership and soul with its sensational outcome has occupied the limelight for most political commentators since May’s General Election. Understandably the plight of the Liberal Democrats and their prospects of recovery since their own calamitous reckoning with the voters last spring attracted less rapt attention. Yet the mood […]
  • October 2, 2015

    The end game in Syria is still far from clear

    By the time this year is out parliament will almost certainly be called upon to endorse military action in Syria. Many relatively disinterested observers may assume that in the seemingly endless diplomatic saga over our relations with Syria such a debate will be a re-run of the sensationally lost August 2013 vote. But it will […]
  • September 14, 2015

    Corbyn’s Capital City Effect

    It is perhaps with a sense of deserved satisfaction that many of us Conservatives watched the unseemly civil war break out in the Labour Party this summer. After all, we have had plenty of our own moments of public soul-searching in the years that followed Tony Blair’s resounding 1997 victory. The neurotic (and ultimately unsuccessful) […]
  • September 11, 2015

    Assisted Dying – Private Member’s Bill

    Mark hopes to make the following contribution to today’s debate on assisted dying. He has registered to speak but so have around eighty other MPs so he may not be able to get through his entire speech. He will be voting against a change in the law. ASSISTED DYING – PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL 11 September 2015 […]