Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

EDUCATION, as we all know, is absolutely vital to the future of our nation. It is the building block upon which people of all ages can develop careers, broaden their horizons and shape their futures. It aids personal development, increases earning potential and strengthens our understanding of the wider world. And most of all it [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

HISTORY was made this Friday at Pope Benedict XVI’s official state visit to Parliament. The visit, the first official state reception for the leader of the Catholic Church – as opposed to a pastoral visit – was a truly unique moment which may never be replicated again in my lifetime. I was fortunate enough to [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

MY first week back in Parliament was an extremely busy one.  We started the week off by tackling legislation that will bring about the first full referendum in the UK for 35 years. The referendum will be looking at whether or not we should reform our current electoral system, from First Past the Post to [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I WROTE last week about the workings of the coalition Government and our efforts to pull together for the good of the country. And in that spirit I was delighted this week by an announcement by one of our Liberal Democrat colleagues, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne. Mr Huhne [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THE national papers have been full of end-of-term, teacher-style reports about the coalition Government’s first few months. Fortunately not too many of them say “must do better.” And with the spirit of these columns in mind I thought I would offer my own take from the inside of this revolutionary Government. It all began back [...]