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Category: News & Articles

  • May 3, 2014

    China is not as strong as it looks. America is not as weak as it looks.

    2008’s financial crash came laden with gloomy predictions for the imminent future of the West. One of the most dominant foresaw the passing of the Anglo-Saxon model of capitalism and with it the rapid demise of the United States, the nation which had surpassed all competitors in the twentieth century. In its place would storm […]
  • April 25, 2014

    HS2 – Still a line too far?

    As economic recovery becomes embedded the government is right to promote the widest range of infrastructure projects for the future. Funding has been committed to around 200 shovel ready projects due to get underway this tax year, which are collectively worth £36bn and estimated to support around 150,000 jobs. This level of activity however, remains […]
  • April 15, 2014

    Time to give the banks a break

    There is much to criticise in the ethics and conduct of British banks. Indeed the catalogue of misselling and foreign exchange irregularities continues to this day. But according to Business Secretary, Vince Cable, British banks have also been hoarding cash and refusing to lend to credit-starved small and medium sized enterprises. ‘If Britain is to […]
  • March 28, 2014

    HMRC’s zeal over tax avoidance is harming investment in British film

    Mark had the following article published in this morning’s Daily Telegraph. To read online click here. As the New Year broke, Chancellor George Osborne visited Ealing Studios to showcase the thriving British film industry. He hailed the welcome news that aggregate investment last year in UK-based film production had, for the first time, topped £1 […]
  • March 27, 2014

    Conservatives for Managed Migration want a sensible immigration policy, not an open door

    Anyone who has tried to talk about immigration in public will know that to proffer a view is to open oneself up to misrepresentation and endless vitriol. What has surprised me, however, since I launched Conservatives for Managed Migration on Tuesday, is the flood of positivity from email correspondents, Twitter users, commenters, journalists and fellow […]
  • March 25, 2014

    Conservatives for Managed Migration – Launch Speech

    This nation’s economic future depends on our taking the right approach towards those who wish to work, study and contribute here. Flexibility in a country’s immigration system is now part and parcel of being an engaged member of the global economy. International businesses and business people, not to mention academics, expect to be able to […]
  • March 24, 2014

    We need a rational debate on immigration

    This week, Mark is launching a new group, ‘Conservatives for Managed Migration,’ in a bid to spark calm and rational debate about migration both within and beyond the Conservative Party. In the article below, he explains why: In spite of consistently ranking as a top voter priority, for years our nation’s politicians ducked the touchy […]
  • March 19, 2014

    Conduct of the Metropolitan Police

    Mark made the following contribution to a Westminster Hall debate on the conduct of the Metropolitan Police, tabled by Tessa Munt MP: Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I congratulate Tessa Munt on bringing up this difficult, complicated case; it is greatly to her credit that she has done so. It would be easy for all […]
  • March 18, 2014

    Has the Government Helped or Hindered the Economic Recovery?

    Mark was asked by Maitland Political to argue in favour of the proposition that the government has helped Britain’s economic recovery. His contribution to the debate is below: In January, the government received the news it had so patiently awaited. The Office for National Statistics was able to confirm that in 2013, the UK economy […]
  • March 12, 2014

    The Chancellor should offer some forward guidance of his own

    Politics need not always be a complicated trade. Typically the simplest messages are the ones that work best. Since the Budget provides a staging post on the road to May 2015, the desire to complicate comes at a potential political price to the Conservative wing of the coalition. For much of the past three years […]