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  • December 13, 2006

    London’s Strategic Planning & Housing

    There has been understandable trepidation on the part of London’s council leaders concerning the precise definition of strategic planning and housing powers which the recent Greater London Authority Bill intends to transfer from local authorities to the Mayor. On housing, I believe that the Mayor’…
  • December 12, 2006

    Increasing Mayoral Powers

    London’s success is plain to see. With one-eighth of the UK’s population, London contributes virtually one-fifth of our GDP. In the course of this first decade in the new century, 40% of the UK’s crucial export growth has come from London. It is estimated that some £20 billion of monies raised in ta…
  • December 8, 2006

    Youth Crime: The Need For Fresh Thinking

    Modern living gets ever more complicated. Modern politics demands ever more simplistic soundbites. David Cameron must have known that he risked stepping into a political minefield when he made a thoughtful speech on youth crime earlier this year. True to form, several commentators sought to patron…
  • November 1, 2006

    Why Our Armed Forces Deserve Better

    I have said it before ? choice is at the heart of a democratic political culture. One of the reasons why the turnout in elections has fallen so dramatically in recent years has been the perception that there is so little to choose between the main political parties. That perception is not without …
  • October 1, 2006

    The Decriminalisation Of Small Brothels

    There are often times when, as an MP, I find that in representing some of my constituents, I inadvertently come into conflict with the interests of others. I found myself in such a position back in January of this year, when the government announced plans to decriminalise small brothels. Currently…
  • September 8, 2006

    Why Our Schools Must Be Integrated

    This month is the twenty fifth anniversary of integration being introduced to state schools in Northern Ireland. For historical reasons, schools in that part of the United Kingdom had hitherto been segregated into Catholic and Protestant alike ? it is probably no coincidence that the past quarter ce…
  • September 7, 2006

    In Praise Of Two South African Heroes

    Even in these celebrity-obsessed times, the name Nelson Mandela attracts near-universal public approval. His is an inspirational story. As a young man he was a political agitator, involved with the African National Congress, an organisation then committed to armed terrorist insurrection. Following…
  • September 6, 2006

    Some Thoughts On The Migration Debate

    Politics can be a strange beast. At each of the last two general elections the Conservatives have tried to make controlled immigration a key electoral issue. In both elections we have been soundly beaten. Yet suddenly demand for permit schemes or skills tests for incoming migrants from Eastern Europ…
  • August 30, 2006

    Why Inheritance Tax Must Go

    The former Cabinet Minister, Stephen Byers, declared in mid-August that inheritance tax should be scrapped as it is a ‘penalty on hard work, thrift and enterprise’. Inheritance tax is an emotive issue, particularly for those living in London and the South East. It is virtually as traditional a par…
  • August 28, 2006

    Decision Time Looms For Pensions

    Contrary to widespread belief, the parliamentary recess is not just a long holiday for MPs here in Westminster! The summer break provides us with a valuable chance to focus on constituency work and plan for the coming parliamentary session. Understandably, the public’s attention has recently been fo…