Safety In London

As another New Year beckons there can be little doubt that the fear of crime and the scourge of anti-social behaviour are the two most critical issues facing us Londoners.

November Diary

November is always an extremely busy month in Parliament. It is the end of one parliamentary year and the start of another marked by the Queen’s Speech which was delivered this year by the Queen on November 26.

Congestion Charging Must Go

Attending the switching on of the Regent Street Christmas lights by rock star Daniel Bedingfield, I spoke to many folk there who commented on the fact that the congestion charge was bound to keep a lot of people driving their cars into central London to see the lights.

A Long Month In Politics

October is the month when parliament is fully back in action after its summer recess. For a Conservative October also always means the Party conference.

Parliamentary Visit To Israel

In October I visited Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for the very first time as part of a four man parliamentary delegation. It made for a valuably balanced learning experience, following my parliamentary visit to Syria in the summer.

Identity Cards

Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster): I congratulate the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Mr. Thomas) on securing this important debate, and I am also grateful to the hon. Member for Walsall, North (David Winnick) for his impassioned plea.

A Trip To India

I know that here in central London we moan about congestion and the hustle and bustle of everyday city life but until you have seen life in the middle of an Indian city it is impossible to appreciate what a teeming mass of humanity really looks like.

The Crossrail Project

Mr. Field: I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) on securing this timely debate. As a central London Member, I am clearly going to be affected by whatever route it is finally agreed Crossrail should take.