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  • November 25, 2015

    Autumn Statement

    Mark wrote the following reaction to the Autumn Statement for political blog, ConservativeHome. It can be read online here.   At the General Election in May, Chancellor George Osborne needed to portray an economy both firmly on the road to recovery, but in a perilous enough condition to require another five years of his medicine. In securing […]
  • November 22, 2015

    Are we really so wise to rely upon foreign investors to sustain our deficit?

    October’s state visit by Chinese President Xi was, according to taste, either a triumph of traditional British mercantilism or a humiliating kow-towing to a ruthless emerging superpower. Ties of Empire and Commonwealth ensured that the trip hot on its heels by Indian Prime Minister Modi attracted less controversy, but both were surrounded by the fanfare […]
  • 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 […]