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Category: Parliament / Constitutional Affairs

  • May 4, 2017

    DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT DISCLAIMER

    As parliament was formally dissolved yesterday, I am no longer a sitting Member of Parliament and am now a candidate seeking re-election at the General Election on 8 June. Everything contained on this website was written during my 16 years as an MP, and any reference to parliament or my role as an MP is […]
  • January 18, 2017

    Maintaining good relations with our European allies

    Mark wrote the following piece for this month’s edition of Centre Write Magazine on the importance of sister party relationships: To coin a now well-worn phrase, whilst the UK may soon be leaving the European Union, we shall not be leaving Europe. Indeed our government has made clear over the past few months that it […]
  • July 6, 2016

    Conservative leadership

    The heart of the UK’s business, financial and professional services industry lies in my constituency. My own local Conservative Association is one of the three largest in the UK. Since nominations closed for the Leadership of the Party last week I have not aligned myself with any team nor declared public support for a candidate. […]
  • June 27, 2016

    To those constituents demanding a second referendum

    It had long been my belief that the British people should be given the opportunity to determine our nation’s relationship with the EU in a referendum. Indeed I voted in defiance of a three line whip in October 2011 to that effect – after repeated promises by governments of all colours, this long-running sore needed […]
  • October 11, 2015

    What now electorally for the Lib Dems?

    The prolonged battle for the Labour Party’s leadership and soul with its sensational outcome has occupied the limelight for most political commentators since May’s General Election. Understandably the plight of the Liberal Democrats and their prospects of recovery since their own calamitous reckoning with the voters last spring attracted less rapt attention. Yet the mood […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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

    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 […]
  • November 21, 2014

    The Rochester & Strood By-election Result

    Following yesterday’s by-election in Rochester & Strood, Mark has outlined his initial thoughts below on the result and its potential ramifications – 1. The evaporation of a near 10,000 majority has inevitably triggered a frenzied post-mortem which Conservatives must avoid turning into unrest. 2. The truth is that victory in Rochester & Strood, whilst widely anticipated at the start […]