April 14, 2010
Parliament officially dissolved on Monday, firing the starting gun for the run up to May 6 when the country will go to the polling booths to decide our next government. This means that Mark has gone from being the MP for the Cities of London and Westminster to the Conservative Candidate for the constituency. Now that his parliamentary duties have ceased, Mark will be canvassing in the constituency on a daily basis...
April 12, 2010
In the weeks ahead we can be sure that commentators will be ever eager to draw comparisons between today’s domestic political scene and that of 1979 when the Conservatives were last swept to office. ...
March 25, 2010
I guess even David Cameron must have been surprised how quickly his prescient warnings last month of the impending scandal over lobbying came to pass. Our national campaign rightly identifies that the UK’s broken politics requires urgent repair. Which is why I believe it is now imperative that Conservatives turn their attention to reform of and appointment to the House of Lords....
December 22, 2009
Make no mistake – this year's parliamentary allowances and expenses scandal will have a lasting impact on British democracy. The Daily Telegraph's handling of this story will provide a seminal case history to media watchers for decades to come. This parliament is now paralysed by inaction and lacks credibility or public confidence to govern effectively.
November 4, 2009
Listening to some of the early responses to the Kelly Report fills me only with a mixture of disbelief and deep foreboding. The campaign from certain quarters of the House of Commons to dilute its headline proposals betrays a continued failure to appreciate the scale of public anger at the perceptio...
October 15, 2009
As an inner London MP I am disbarred from claiming for a second home allowance. Furthermore I have never employed or remunerated from public funds any member of my family. I was given a clean bill of health by the Daily Telegraph in its "Expenses Files 2004-2008" enquiry published in...
July 21, 2009
Today parliament rises for summer recess. It marks the end of a torrid term for our democratic institutions and many people will no doubt be glad to see the back of MPs for a couple of months...
June 30, 2009
As an inner London MP I am disbarred from claiming for a second home allowance. Furthermore I have never employed or remunerated from public funds any member of my family...
June 15, 2009
Next week's election of a new Commons' Speaker is widely anticipated as the starting point for a brief period of frenetic parliamentary reform...