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Category: International 

  • September 8, 2017

    Say NO to illegal wildlife products!

    In his role at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mark wrote the below piece which featured in the VnExpress, a Vietnamese publication, with his thoughts on the work to be done tackling the illegal wildlife trade. The original piece can be found by clicking here. ______________________________________________________________ The illegal wildlife trade is an urgent problem. A […]
  • September 5, 2017

    Urgent Question on recent violence in Rakhine

    As the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Mark responded on behalf of the Government to an Urgent Question raised in the House following the recent violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma). You can find the full debate in Hansard by clicking here. Mark’s opening statement in response to the Urgent […]
  • July 5, 2017

    Westminster Hall debate on the Commemoration of the Srebrenica Genocide

    Mark responded on behalf of the Government to a Westminster Hall debate regarding the Srebrenica genocide commemoration. Mark’s contribution to the debate as the responding Minister from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is pasted below. If you would like to read the full debate, you can do so by following this by clicking here   The Minister for […]
  • July 4, 2017

    Westminster Hall debate on Persecution of Christians and the Role of UK Embassies

    In his new role as Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mark responded on behalf of the Government to a Westminster Hall debate regarding the persecution of Christians and the role of UK embassies around the world. Mark’s response to the debate can be found below and if you would like to review […]
  • June 16, 2017

    The potential impact of the election result on the Brexit negotiation strategy

    Understandably, the inconclusive result of the snap General Election has led to calls from many quarters for a re-evaluation of the government’s tone and direction in the opening of formal Brexit negotiations and in the months ahead.  Following the election, I was probably the first Conservative MP to publically call for a much more compromising approach […]
  • March 30, 2017

    Bring it on: How Britain can master the long journey out of the EU

    Mark wrote the below piece following the triggering of Article 50 which appeared in today’s City AM. So little of the frenetic energy expended since the Brexit vote last summer has focused on any strategic thinking about the type of Britain that will emerge from the EU in just two years’ time. But there has […]
  • March 28, 2017

    How Brexit could benefit the City and the EU

    Mark wrote the following article which appeared in today’s Daily Telegraph. Not long after the referendum, DExEU Ministers asked the City’s leading lights to set out on two sides of A4 what they most wanted from Brexit negotiations. I am told what followed was hour upon hour of pained debate as London’s masters of finance […]
  • July 29, 2016

    Where now for the Geneva Convention?

    One of the great paradoxes of this era of globalisation is the narrowing of many Western minds about the world that lies beyond our own culture and values. For sure today’s opinion formers – and indeed the vast majority of our population – are better travelled than ever, but the dominance of US culture and […]
  • July 10, 2016

    Denmark and Sweden are key allies as we negotiate a new future outside the EU

    A week is a long time in politics – as we know full well amidst these dizzyingly turbulent times. So we can safely presume that the two years or so that lie ahead as we extricate ourselves from the EU will consist of countless unpredictable ebbs and flows. Continental economic turmoil is a given. Not […]
  • June 5, 2016

    It has war on its doorstep, economic woes, and no President to represent it. But here’s why I’m hopeful about Lebanon.

    Building up economic resilience and developing infrastructure in poverty-stricken countries is the only sustainable justification for expenditure on overseas aid. It is also key to stabilising the migration crisis, whose tensions continue to threaten political upheaval throughout Europe. Central to the UK’s own substantial international development contribution must be an appreciation that migrants, whether fleeing […]