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  • March 2, 2015

    Mark writes for the London Accountant

    Mark was asked to write for the London Accountant about what he would like to see a Conservative government deliver for London after the General Election.  I recall the air of uncertainty that hung over London in the election campaign of 2010. There was a timidity about the city borne of a fear that the […]
  • February 20, 2015

    Superfast broadband coverage in central London

    The release last week of the seat by seat breakdown of superfast broadband connectivity underlined the extent of the problem we face in central London. With a coverage level of just 31% my constituency has by far the lowest superfast broadband connectivity in the whole of the UK. It will come as a surprise to many […]
  • February 16, 2015

    Could a review of council tax be the antidote to Labour’s mansion tax?

    As the New Year dawned, Jim Murphy triumphantly announced that Labour would ‘tax houses in London and the South-East to pay for 1000 new nurses in the Scottish NHS’. The coupling of Labour’s mansion tax policy to its battle-to-the-death north of the border with the SNP was doubtless deliberate. The Scottish Labour leader knows only […]
  • January 22, 2015

    Some home truths on the NHS

    It is a brave politician who speaks openly and honestly about the NHS. That my colleague Charlotte Leslie has done just that this week – mere months away from a General Election – makes her contribution to the health debate both refreshing and courageous. As a member of the Health Select Committee, Charlotte has observed […]
  • January 12, 2015

    The Coming Election in Numbers

    Welcome to 2015! With election year finally upon us, we can be confident of an endless stream of wordy (and perhaps even worthy) speculation about the outcome of what is universally agreed to be the most unpredictable General Election in a generation. So I thought it might make a change if in this short piece I […]
  • December 19, 2014

    A European good news story

    The dramatic plunge in the Russian rouble and the knife-edge presidential votes precipitating elections in Greece provided more than enough copy for financial journalists this week. So it was perhaps no surprise that Tuesday’s launch of the European Commission’s 2015 work programme raised barely a flicker of interest. While the European Union has tended only […]
  • December 19, 2014

    Would an inconclusive election result stoke support for electoral reform?

    Whisper it softly, but for three-quarters of the electorate next May’s election will be anything but unpredictable. As the Westminster Village gets itself with a frenzy of excitement about the outcome, the stark truth is that at least 500 of the UK’s 650 constituencies will absolutely assuredly elect an MP of the same party allegiance […]
  • December 4, 2014

    Stamp duty overhauled in the Autumn Statement

    Yesterday Chancellor George Osborne stayed true to Autumn Statement tradition by pulling a rabbit out of his Red Box. A much-needed overhaul of the antiquated stamp duty system has been implemented in double-quick time, banishing in a sweep the duty’s perverse slab element that saw properties taxed at set rates on their entire value once […]
  • December 1, 2014

    Some strategic thoughts for the Autumn Statement and beyond

    One of the great paradoxes of this strangest of political times is that sustained growth and clear signs of domestic recovery have made the economy a less salient issue to voters. It is almost as if these upward trends are now being taken for granted by voters unaware of the hardship and challenges that continue […]
  • November 21, 2014

    The Rochester & Strood By-election Result

    Following yesterday’s by-election in Rochester & Strood, Mark has outlined his initial thoughts below on the result and its potential ramifications – 1. The evaporation of a near 10,000 majority has inevitably triggered a frenzied post-mortem which Conservatives must avoid turning into unrest. 2. The truth is that victory in Rochester & Strood, whilst widely anticipated at the start […]