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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 […]
  • March 24, 2017

    London Attack Statement

    Mark made the following contribution in the chamber yesterday following the attack in Westminster on Wednesday: Although yesterday’s dreadful events took place within the boundaries of my constituency, I know that the Palace of Westminster is close to the hearts of not just the 650 of us but of many millions of our fellow countrymen and, […]
  • November 17, 2015

    Cities & Local Government Devolution Bill (Lords)

    Mark made the following contributions to a debate about extending the franchise to 16 and 17 year-olds.  Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I agree with the Government’s view—I do not think the voting age should be lowered at all—but will the Minister give at least some consideration to the idea that there is a […]
  • January 14, 2015

    House of Lords Reform

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): The hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart)—if he does not mind my calling him that, and if it is not too deferential for his standards—will realise all too well that, as a Conservative, my views on House of Lords matters are not particularly orthodox. […]
  • October 21, 2014

    Recall Bill

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Although I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Broxbourne (Mr Walker) that there has been too much self-flagellation as part and parcel of the process that has led towards this Bill, we cannot dispute that a lot of the concerns that underline these measures are to do […]
  • July 9, 2012

    House of Lords Reform Bill

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I regret that I will not be in the same Lobby tomorrow night as my hon. Friend the Member for Altrincham and Sale West (Mr Brady), even though I agreed with much that he had to say today. I think that the primacy problem in this place has nothing whatever to do with the House of Lords or even the House of Commons. The real issue that lies at the heart of UK constitutional politics is the corrosive effect of the overweening primacy of the Executive. Anything, but anything that provides an effective counterweight to the oft unchallenged power of the Executive is, in my view, a good thing.
  • March 12, 2012

    Backbench Business Committee

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): This has been a passionate debate and I agreed with much of what my hon. Friend Mr Bone and Natascha Engel had to say. Perhaps they gave their case a little less credit by resorting to elements of hyperbole—indeed, there were hints of hysteria coming from Pete Wishart —but I agree fundamentally with what they said. This Executive, like every other Executive and—this is even sadder to see—shadow Executive, have an unhealthy tendency to meddle in matters that are best left to
  • October 17, 2011

    Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative): Although I do not agree with the final few words of my hon. Friend the Member for Wellingborough (Mr Bone), I agree with much of the rest of what he said. If this was genuinely the last time that the House would ever consider these issues, I would be rejoicing and might even be entirely persuaded by what the Leader of the House said. He knows as well as I do that, if IPSA recommends a significant salary increase in advance of April 2013, the Government—perhaps even a Government with him still as Leader of the House—will introduce a two-line Bill to ensure that we do not vote on the proposal.
  • March 29, 2011

    West Lothian Question

    Mark made a number of interventions in the West Lothian Question debate before making a speech. Please find Mark's contributions to the debate detailed below.
  • March 21, 2011

    Members’ Salaries

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): It is universally accepted by anthropologists that one sign of higher animal intelligence is the ability to learn from experience. As the Leader of the House moved the motion, one was inclined to ask, "Have we in the House of Commons learned nothing from the calamity of the expenses scandal?"