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  • September 18, 2008

    A Year Is A Long Time In Politics

    A year ago this September there was much speculation that the Prime Minister was about to call a General Election. Whatever were his private reasons for not doing so I was convinced that he would avoid the opportunity because of the crisis which was arising at Northern Rock. The phenomenon of the Northern Rock ‘run […]
  • September 15, 2008

    Discussing Local Health Concerns

    Mark met Joe Hegarty, Chair, and Michael Scott, Chief Executive of Westminster Primary Care Trust, this morning to discuss health issues concerning the local area. The PCT is currently considering plans for GP-led health centres in the borough and is also looking at ways of improving paediatric and stroke services. Mark was assured by the […]
  • September 15, 2008

    Mark & Campaigners Meet Lord Adonis

    Mark helped to set up a meeting between Pimlico School campaigners and Schools Minister, Lord Adonis, this afternoon to discuss the school’s new academy status. Pimlico School, formerly a mixed comprehensive for 11 to 19 year olds, is known for its progressive ethos and distinctive Sixties “brutalist” architecture. But it was put in special measures […]
  • September 5, 2008

    Property Versus Pensions

    The current crisis in the property market and the recent woeful attempts to stabilise it show once again how far this Labour government has moved our nation away from the importance of savings and aided the decline of the British pensions industry which was the envy of the world a decade or so ago. The […]
  • July 30, 2008

    Homeless Exhibition

    The West London Day Centre invites you to visit David Graham’s exhibition, The Homeless, which runs from 8 August to 4 September at the MIC Hotel and Conference Centre in Euston. The exhibition is the result of an ongoing project to photograph homeless and disenfranchised people as they pass through the Day Centre and hopes […]
  • July 22, 2008

    Looking Beyond The Summer

    Having been in Parliament now since June 2001 I cannot remember a summer during the last seven years when politicians of all parties faced the parliamentary recess with such concern for the British economy. If it was not for the very bleak domestic news about knife violence on Britain’s streets I suspect that the continuous […]
  • July 3, 2008

    Parliamentary Expenses Woe

    YET MORE PARLIAMENTARY EXPENSES WOE How can Parliament credibly regulate and legislate when it so palpably fails to put its own House in order over MPs’ allowances and expenses? In the aftermath of high-profile revelations about the blatant misuse of public money by MPs, the Speaker set up a Committee in February charged with a […]
  • June 17, 2008

    Reducing University Drop Out Rate

    The latest figures for the number of students leaving university courses during their first year show little decrease on previous years’ figures. I recognise that some students make a mistake on choosing the wrong courses, some take up opportunities outside the world of continuing education and many others leave for financial or personal reasons. However […]
  • June 16, 2008

    Regenerating Covent Garden

    This morning Mark met Gary Marcuccilli, Managing Director of Covent Garden London, to discuss plans to regenerate Covent Garden, one of London’s most famous locations. In August 2006, property company, Capco, purchased the 750 000sq ft Covent Garden estate for £421.5 million and became the largest single property owner in the Covent Garden area. It […]
  • June 12, 2008

    Tackling Crime And Disorder

    Knife crime will probably abate. As has similarly gun crime, car jacking, mobile phone stealing and many other criminal activities that gain a high public profile for a while. The activities recede because lawmakers act more strongly, the general public becomes more wary and technology improves. The media bandwagon also moves on, so before too […]