Media Round-Up

Now that summer recess is upon is, we have rounded up a list of Mark’s newspaper appearances so that constituents can get a feel for the sorts of issues he has been campaigning on since the new parliament began. The links to each individual article have been included but we cannot take any responsibility for the use and content of external sites once you leave Mark’s own website.

On Economic Growth, 2 August 2010

Mark was quoted in the Financial Times, New Statesman, Guardian and Daily Express regarding the need to focus on growth.

“Mark Field, a former shadow minister and Tory MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, told the Financial Times: “We need to focus some of our attention away from the gloomy news about deficit reduction and back on to growth.” Mr Field has told his party the country may be facing a second financial crisis because of the synchronised cuts around Europe, and has warned that Britain is at risk of undermining confidence by focusing on austerity.”

On the Coalition, 26 July 2010

Mark was quoted in the Spectator and New Statesman about the possibility of an electoral pact by the next General Election.

On Equitable Life, 22 July 2010

Mark was quoted in the Daily Mail after he spoke out about the need to get compensation to Equitable Life policyholders as a matter of urgency.

“Mark Field said: ‘It’s obviously disappointing that the earliest people will be paid is the middle of next year. It begs the question of how many more will die in the meantime.”

On the Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Campaign, 22 July 2010

Mark tabled a Motion in parliament to support the Standard campaign to help Londoners living in poverty, something that was given coverage in the newspaper.

On the State of Parliament Square, 22 July 2010

Mark had been campaigning to have the permanent encampment in Parliament Square removed and his comments were covered in the Evening Standard and earlier in the Guardian.

Mark Field, the Conservative MP for Cities of London and Westminster, insisted there was no contradiction between supporting the right to protest and the mayor’s decision. Field said he drew the line on “full-time encampment”. “I very much support the idea of peaceful protests and clearly Brian Haw’s position has been protected for some time. But the reality is it’s an appalling eyesore and these people are turning up in breach of the laws that exist. We need to enforce them.”

On the Academies Bill, 21 July 2010 

Mark expressed his concern for the protection of grammar schools in the Academies Bill, something that was covered in the Evening Standard.

On Offshore Financial Centres, 21 July 2010

Mark tabled a Westminster Hall debate to outline the benefits to the UK economy of offshore financial centres such as Jersey and Guernsey. The debate was covered in CityAM.

On the Cost of Tony Blair’s Security, 18 July 2010

Mark has been asking questions about the cost of securing the former Prime Minister’s home in Connaught Square in our constituency. The story was covered in the Express and on the Sky News blog.

Last night backbencher Mr Field, whose constituency covers Connaught Square, said: “You are looking at a substantial security bill. Given the personal wealth Mr Blair has acquired very rapidly in the time since he has been prime minister, given the fact there is going to be heightened security because of the Iraq war and his ongoing involvement in the Middle East, it begs the question whether it would be more sensible for him to live in a place where it would be easier to provide security. A sensible arrangement would be for the state to cover the expense of security around one property. If you want to have a portfolio of properties, as Mr Blair has, then I think he should be funding the cost of security for second and third properties.”

On Funding the Tube Upgrade, 15 July 2010

Mark has pressed the Transport Secretary to protect spending on the tube because of its importance to London’s economy, the nation’s engine of growth. He tabled a Motion with David Lammy and Tom Brake along these lines, a story that was covered on BBC News and in the Evening Standard.

On Football Finance, 14 July 2010

Mark wrote a piece for the Guardian in his capacity as Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Football regarding the need to reform the governance of football.

On the Equalities Bill, 14 July 2010

Mark was quoted in the Evening Standard about the outlawing of contracts that ban office gossip.

Mark Field, Conservative MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, voiced the concerns of many Tory backbenchers about changes under the Act but he is less worried about outlawing secrecy clauses. He said: “They have been pretty difficult to enforce effectively. Office gossip will be office gossip.”

On MPs’ Expenses, 1 July 2010

Mark was asked about reports that some MPs are now sleeping in their offices because of the strictures of the new system for MPs’ expenses. He was quoted in the Evening Standard.

Mark Field, Conservative MP for Cities of London and Westminster, said: “With these new rules, quite a number of MPs have taken to sleeping on the floor in their office. Unfortunately, a lot of new MPs are paying the price for the sins of past generations. We have gone from a very lax system, abused by many in the past, to a highly bureaucratic and strict regime.”

On Watching the World Cup, 18 June 2010

Mark to give a constituency perspective on the possibility of having big screens put up in the Royal Parks to allow people to watch England’s World Cup Matches. He was quoted in the Evening Standard.

But Tory Mark Field, MP for the Cities of London and Westminster and vice-chairman of the all-party group on football, warned of the difficulties of big screens in the capital.“The only obvious place would be the Royal Parks. There would be huge damage done to the fabric of the parks and risks of public order offences with thousands of people getting drunk,” he said.

On Capital Gains Tax, 30 May 2010

It was mooted before the Emergency Budget that capital gains tax might increase considerably. Mark was against a drastic increase in this tax and wrote a piece in CityAM explaining why. His campaign was also covered by the Times.

Mark Field, Tory MP for the City, last week convened a meeting of business organisations including the Institute of Directors, the UK Shareholders’ Association and the National Landlords Association. They all fear that aligning capital gains tax with income tax levels will damage the economy. 
Field said: “Everyone is realistic — there must be a change to capital gains tax. But there are sound reasons why capital and income are taxed differently. It is a question of finding the right balance.”

On Animation, 30 May 2010

For some time now, Mark has been supporting the local animation industry in Soho. This campaign was covered in the Guardian.

Save UK Animation is compiling a dossier on the economic value of the industry to bolster its case. Bernard Cribbens, the voice of the Wombles in the early 70s, is patron, and Mark Field, Conservative MP for Cities of London and Westminster, is also actively involved.

On the TV Quiz Scandal, 30 May 2010

Mark has been assisting constituent, Bob Winsor, in his fight for justice over the way in which broadcasters handled the television phone-in scandal. This campaign was covered in the Daily Mail.

The High Court has said it will hear an application by Bob Winsor, a former TV quiz show worker-turned-whistleblower, for a judicial review of the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s decision not to investigate alleged flaws in Ofcom’s handling of the affair. Winsor has the backing of his Conservative MP, Mark Field, in his attack on the media regulator.The scandal led to huge fines being imposed on broadcasters that had cheated viewers out of millions of pounds through rigged phonein competitions.

On the 1922 Committee, 21 May 2010

Mark commented on the proposals to change the structure of the Conservative Party’s 1922 Committee. His thoughts were covered in the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard.

Mark Field, another backbencher, said it was legitimate to reconsider the structure of the 1922. “It would be wise for this to happen soberly, responsibly and with a proper period for consideration,” he said.