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  • February 4, 2013

    Bash the banks and global companies if you must, be we need them more than ever

    Berate banks and bankers if you wish. Slate the tax arrangements of large multinationals, whose contributions in VAT and employers’ national insurance remains substantial even if their corporate tax contributions (thanks to a hopelessly complicated UK tax code) fall short of that demanded by a print media (whose own holding companies are operated by tax-efficient […]
  • January 31, 2013

    Pimlico Community Meeting

    There will be a community meeting held at Churchill Gardens Hall, 6.30pm next Thursday (7 February) regarding the dreadful events on Sunday night that led to the death of young Pimlico resident, Hani El-Kheir. I shall be attending along with the police and council representatives. I have also tweeted the details but my team and […]
  • January 30, 2013

    Proposed closure of Westminster fire station

    Mark and Westminster City Council have been concerned by the Mayor of London’s plans to close Westminster fire station in Greycoat Place, Victoria. As Mark understands it, the justification put forward for closing these fire stations in large part relies on the fact that fires are rarer in modern buildings. However, as 75% of Westminster is a conservation […]
  • January 28, 2013

    Stabbing on Lupus Street, Pimlico

    Along with local constituents, Mark was deeply shocked to learn of the stabbing of a teenage boy that took place last night on Lupus Street, Pimlico. Police were called to the scene at 18.50 however the sixteen year-old boy, a local constituent and Pimlico Academy student, sadly died at 20.45 in a south London hospital. […]
  • January 22, 2013

    Visit to the Fleet Sewer

    As a guest of Thames Water, Mark descended into the 150 year old Fleet Sewer which covers the River Fleet and is one of London’s largest lost rivers running from Hampstead Heath to Blackfriars.   The sewer was built to enclose the Fleet after parliament relaxed the controls on the disposal of human waste into […]
  • January 21, 2013

    The first skirmish of many?

    Thankfully few people have to endure the unimaginable terror that beset our nation’s hostages and waiting relatives as the Amenas gas plant siege dragged on last week. In a world of relentlessly demanding 24/7 media coverage, the frustration of senior government ministers was palpable as unreliable, piecemeal information trickled through from Algeria. Whilst today’s attention […]
  • January 14, 2013

    Mark visits Maggie’s Centre

    This morning Mark visited Charing Cross Hospital to see how London’s first Maggie’s Centre is helping those in the capital who have been diagnosed with cancer. Maggie’s Centres aim to empower people living with cancer by bringing together professional help and communities of support. The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 after cancer sufferer, […]
  • January 2, 2013

    Banking reform

    On 21 December, Mark was asked by BBC Radio Four’s World at One programme to comment on the release of a report by the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards. The Commission, set up in the wake of the LIBOR scandal, welcomed the government’s proposal for a banking ringfence but concluded that it falls short of […]
  • December 18, 2012

    Mark questions the PM on banking union

    Following the Prime Minister’s statement in the House on the European Council, Mark made the following intervention on banking union in the EU. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) On the issue of banking union, I wholly endorse the Prime Minister’s view that we were able to secure in Brussels the very best deal in […]
  • December 12, 2012

    Some reflections on the Autumn Statement

    Well, it was never supposed to be like this. The coalition’s expenditure programme for the entire parliament was designed to have been done and dusted in November 2010. Subsequent pre-Budget reports were expected to feature only the odd tweak here and there. Last week’s Autumn Statement may have had the Westminster village agog with anticipation, […]