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Short Lets Update

My office, together with officers at Westminster City Council, was able to secure a meeting last month with officials from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in which the prevalence of short lets in Westminster was discussed, together with what more can be done to protect o

Tackling Criminality on Westminster Bridge

Anyone travelling on foot over Westminster Bridge in recent months will have sadly noticed that it has been playing host to a large organised criminal element.

The Prime Minister's Resignation

Today, after much speculation, the Prime Minister announced her intention to step down as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday 7 June.

The Frontline Challenges of Addressing Rough Sleeping

Our city has more rough sleepers on its streets than the next four highest London boroughs combined and is where you will find some of the most complex cases of entrenched rough sleeping you can imagine.

Tree Planting in Marylebone

I was out in Marylebone this afternoon along with Cllr Barbara Arzymanow to add a bit more greenery to Westminster’s pavements by helping to plant a tree as part of Wild West End, a partnership between Portman, Crown, Howard de Walden, Grosvenor and Shaftsbury to encourage biodiversity in the Wes

Urgent Question: Refugees in Sri Lanka

Mark responded on behalf of the Government to an Urgent Question tabled by Siobhain McDonagh MP regarding refugees in Sri Lanka following the terrible Easter Sunday bombings in that country. Mark's statement and initial responses can be found below and the entirety of the debate can be found on H

Westminster Hall: West Papua: Human Rights

Mark responded on behalf of the Government to a Westminster Hall debate called by Robert Courts MP regarding human rights in West Papua. Mark's response to the debate is pasted below and can be viewed in the above clip. You can find the debate on Hansard in its entirety here.

Urgent Question: Iran Nucelar Deal

Mark responded on behalf of the Government to an Urgent Question tabled by John Baron MP regarding the status of the Iran nuclear deal. Mark's statement and initial responses can be found below and the entirety of the debate can be found on Hansard here or viewed in the above clip.