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Category: Parliament / Constitutional Affairs

  • May 20, 2010

    A timely history lesson…

    Eighty-eight years ago this October the Conservative-dominated coalition headed by Liberal David Lloyd George fell. The four years since the end of the Great War hostilities had been troubled. A deep economic recession in 1920/21 had resulted in sharp tax rises and cuts in public spending to the fledgling welfare state. Disquiet over the Prime Minister's corrupt use of the honours system had reached a crescendo. As the parliamentary term neared its end there was continuing...
  • May 7, 2010

    Thank you!

    At around 4.30am this morning, Mark was granted the privilege of being re-elected as your MP for the Cities of London and Westminster with an increased majority and 52.2% of the vote. It has been an energetic, positive campaign and he wishes to thank sincerely all those who put their trust in him again. He will continue to strive to represent ALL those in our constituency and, as ever, encourages anybody who requires his help to get in touch. We will be putting up some pictures of the campaign over the course of the weekend...
  • April 14, 2010

    The campaign begins!

    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

    Winning the Battle of Ideas

    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

    The next, next big political scandal

    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

    Can We Restore Our Faith In Politics

    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

    Another Dismal Day For Parliament

    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

    Review Of Parliamentary Expenses

    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

    Summer Recess Plans

    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

    Review Of Parliamentary Expenses

    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...