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Category: News & Articles

  • April 7, 2015

    What’s wrong with minority government?

    Over a century has passed since two consecutive General Elections produced indeterminate outcomes. Hung parliaments – at least whilst a first-past-the-post voting system persists – may be the new norm. But should coalition government invariably follow? Certainly, opinion polls and betting over the past year suggest we may well once again be in this territory […]
  • March 27, 2015

    Parliament Dissolved for the General Election

    This website was established when I was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Cities of London & Westminster. As Parliament has now been dissolved there are no MPs until after the General Election on 7 May 2015. I am seeking re-election as the Conservative candidate and have made every effort to ensure my website does not imply […]
  • March 14, 2015

    No glittering giveaways. No electoral sweeteners. Why we need a deeply unexciting Budget

    The Greek debt crisis of spring 2010, and the austerity agenda that it heralded, brought tear gas and smoke bombs to the streets of Athens. But it also ignited an otherwise colourless General Election campaign being fought two thousand miles away in the UK. Seemingly overnight, the storm in Athens provided the context for a […]
  • March 2, 2015

    Mark writes for the London Accountant

    Mark was asked to write for the London Accountant about what he would like to see a Conservative government deliver for London after the General Election.  I recall the air of uncertainty that hung over London in the election campaign of 2010. There was a timidity about the city borne of a fear that the […]
  • February 20, 2015

    Superfast broadband coverage in central London

    The release last week of the seat by seat breakdown of superfast broadband connectivity underlined the extent of the problem we face in central London. With a coverage level of just 31% my constituency has by far the lowest superfast broadband connectivity in the whole of the UK. It will come as a surprise to many […]
  • February 16, 2015

    Could a review of council tax be the antidote to Labour’s mansion tax?

    As the New Year dawned, Jim Murphy triumphantly announced that Labour would ‘tax houses in London and the South-East to pay for 1000 new nurses in the Scottish NHS’. The coupling of Labour’s mansion tax policy to its battle-to-the-death north of the border with the SNP was doubtless deliberate. The Scottish Labour leader knows only […]
  • January 22, 2015

    Some home truths on the NHS

    It is a brave politician who speaks openly and honestly about the NHS. That my colleague Charlotte Leslie has done just that this week – mere months away from a General Election – makes her contribution to the health debate both refreshing and courageous. As a member of the Health Select Committee, Charlotte has observed […]
  • January 12, 2015

    The Coming Election in Numbers

    Welcome to 2015! With election year finally upon us, we can be confident of an endless stream of wordy (and perhaps even worthy) speculation about the outcome of what is universally agreed to be the most unpredictable General Election in a generation. So I thought it might make a change if in this short piece I […]
  • December 19, 2014

    A European good news story

    The dramatic plunge in the Russian rouble and the knife-edge presidential votes precipitating elections in Greece provided more than enough copy for financial journalists this week. So it was perhaps no surprise that Tuesday’s launch of the European Commission’s 2015 work programme raised barely a flicker of interest. While the European Union has tended only […]
  • December 19, 2014

    Would an inconclusive election result stoke support for electoral reform?

    Whisper it softly, but for three-quarters of the electorate next May’s election will be anything but unpredictable. As the Westminster Village gets itself with a frenzy of excitement about the outcome, the stark truth is that at least 500 of the UK’s 650 constituencies will absolutely assuredly elect an MP of the same party allegiance […]