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Category: News & Articles

  • December 3, 2013

    Britain must lead calls for simpler, more certain tax regimes

    Mark wrote the following article for this morning’s Daily Telegraph. To read it on their website, click the link http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/tax/10489000/Corporation-tax-is-no-longer-fit-for-purpose.html One would be easily forgiven for believing that in recent years, tax competition has acquired pariah status in the global economy. The much-vaunted crackdown on multinational tax avoidance, the fresh attempt to regulate corporate transfer payments […]
  • November 29, 2013

    Back to square one? A victory for banking, politics or common sense?

    Perhaps it is a little premature to suggest that privatisation fever is back to 1980s’ levels. But the unexpectedly enthusiastic reception to the Royal Mail share offer will have given the Treasury some timely good heart as it ponders what to do with the public stakes in Lloyds and RBS. The ongoing rumblings that the […]
  • November 7, 2013

    Why we need a common platform for banking

    Open, vibrant competition has always been the ultimate safeguard of consumer interests. But it is an ingredient that has proved stubbornly elusive in the UK’s retail banking sector. Ours is one of the most concentrated such markets in the developed world. In spite of a number of independent commission reports since 2000 which have sought […]
  • November 5, 2013

    Persecution of Christians in the Middle East

    This morning Mark attended a Westminster Hall debate about the plight of Christians in the Middle East. Since the debate was so well attended, he was only able to make a short contribution. Pasted below is the text of the full speech that he wished to make.  In January 1945, my mother, too young even […]
  • October 28, 2013

    Daily Politics – Universal Credit and Political Disenfranchisement

    On Monday, Mark was invited to join the MPs’ panel on BBC 2’s Daily Politics. Up for discussion were the universal credit, Russell Brand’s Newsnight interview on political disenfranchisement and viral campaigning. The appearance can be viewed using the link but we also paste below a summary of Mark’s views on these topics. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24709582 Universal […]
  • October 22, 2013

    Health Tourism

    Mark was interviewed this morning on BBC Radio London by Paul Ross regarding Health Tourism. This is following Jeremy Hunt’s comments surrounding the government’s efforts to claw back more of the money we are owed for treating foreign nationals. Please find a summary of Mark’s thoughts below. I am rightly proud that our NHS is free at the point […]
  • October 22, 2013

    Immigration Bill

    Today in the main chamber, MPs debate the Immigration Bill. Meanwhile, in Westminster Hall Priti Patel MP has tabled a debate on immigration. I paste below the contribution I wish to make to these debates. ‘Net migration cut by a third’ has become a key campaigning mantra in recent months for the Conservative Party and […]
  • October 17, 2013

    The case against the mansion tax

    In this throwback to an era of envy politics and wealth-bashing, every policy pledge from our political opponents appears to be funded either by a hike in the trusty bank levy or a tax raid on stately homes and penthouses. Passionate debate about the imposition of a ‘mansion tax’ in particular is now all the […]
  • October 15, 2013

    Mark visits brand new Crossrail tunnels in West End

    This morning Mark and his team visited the new Crossrail tunnels and station being built in the constituency. Crossrail is Europe’s largest railway and infrastructure construction project and will bring much-needed new capacity to London’s public transport network when it is completed in 2018. At Tottenham Court Road station, Crossrail is working alongside TfL on a £1bn transformation […]
  • October 1, 2013

    Pedicab Update

    I have enormous sympathy with residents in the West End and beyond who detest the noise and disruption caused by unlicensed pedicabs. A few years ago I tabled a debate in parliament, pressing the previous government to do something to control pedicabs. Unfortunately the Department for Transport resisted calls for regulation so I instead continued […]