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  • February 11, 2008

    A Chaotic Kenya Is A Problem For Us All

      Over the past weeks the world has watched in open-mouthed horror as scenes of violence and anarchy have been played out on the once tranquil streets of Kenya. A country regarded as peaceable and stable by African standards, synonymous with balmy beach holidays and breathtaking wildlife safaris, has given way to a chaos more […]
  • February 1, 2008

    The Great Organ Debate

    Easing back into politics after the Christmas break, Prime Minister Gordon Brown decided to carve out a position as a decisive leader willing to make tough choices on the difficult issues. His subject choice? The UK’s system of organ donation. In an article Mr Brown penned for the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, he came out in […]
  • January 29, 2008

    Promoting Citizenship In Schools

    In a drive to help young people better understand how our country is governed and what it is like to be an MP, Mark visited two schools in the constituency this month to discuss life as a politician. He first made a presentation on citizenship to the St Marylebone C of E School’s sixth form […]
  • January 29, 2008

    London’s Maternity Services Not Fit For Purpose

    An independent review by the Healthcare Commission has found that maternity units in England are failing to provide adequate care for expectant and new mothers. Using data from NHS Trusts and a survey of new mothers, problems of inadequate screening checks, insufficient numbers of staff and poor quality of care around birth were revealed. In […]
  • January 23, 2008

    The Redevelopment Of Victoria

    Mark met with the Managing Director of LandSecurities, Britain’s biggest property developer, this morning to discuss the company’s plans for the area around Victoria Station. The area has long been in need of a complete overhaul, particularly with the chaos that ensues in rush hour. The current road layout and station concourse are failing to […]
  • January 22, 2008

    Northern Rock – Nationalisation

    For sure there have been more spectacular banking crises than that which has affected Northern Rock in recent months. The phenomenon of a ‘run on the bank’ was almost commonplace in Victorian times. More recently the collapse of BCCI (1991) and Barings (1995) show that even a highly regulated banking sector is never immune to […]
  • January 22, 2008

    New Bridge St Post Office To Close

    Cities of London and Westminster representative, Mark Field MP, met Post Office managers on Monday to express residents’ and City workers’ concerns over the closure of their local Post Office in New Bridge Street. The Ludgate Circus Crown Post Office is set to shut its doors for good later this year in line with cost-cutting […]
  • January 15, 2008

    Becoming A Father For The First Time

    On 19 December 2007 I became, for the first time, a father. And life, as they say, will never be quite the same again. Having passed my forty-third birthday without having troubled the scorers in the reproduction stakes I was probably typical in being dismissive of much of the hype surrounding childbirth. After all, there […]
  • December 18, 2007

    Theatreland

    As with so many landmarks and distinctive districts within my constituency, I am immensely proud and privileged to represent the West End ? the epicentre of British commercial theatre and largest theatre district in the world, on which 41,000 jobs depend.  Bordered by The Strand to the south, O…
  • December 4, 2007

    A Memorial For Our Country’s Heroes

    I am currently helping with a campaign to build here in central London a memorial for recipients of the George Cross and Victoria Cross. As most people are aware the Victoria Cross (VC) is awarded to servicemen and women who conduct heroic actions for their country and their comrades in arms. The George Cross (GC) […]