Politics

May 20, 2018

What a wonderful day to be British! 🇬🇧

It was a real privilege to be back in England to experience the euphoria, warmth and spectacle of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle… In world riven with so much conflict, hatred and sorrow, it was wonderful to take a moment to share in the happiness of a beautiful couple so obviously in love, a nation so clearly delighted for them and to reflect on how special it is to be British. It was a reminder that love conquers all and that family is the most important thing in life. Watching the genuine affection between Harry and […]
March 17, 2018

The immigration of Marcus East, CTO of National Geographic…

July 2, 2016

Brexit: The Human Cost

It has been a tumultuous week in British and global politics, and whilst I have adopted a pragmatic approach to the result of the Brexit referendum — embracing the vote to Leave, even though I voted to Remain — on reflection, I may have focused too much on the strong economic arguments that countries like the UK, Norway and Switzerland are better off outside the EU, and not enough on the human impact. Today I went to my local dry cleaners, and spoke to the husband and wife team who have built an incredibly successful business in the heart of […]
June 24, 2016

Brexit: an historic day that will change the world

Brexit: a historic day that will change the world Whilst I voted to Remain in the EU, I woke today to hear the news about the British people’s decision to leave to European Union and was immediately filled with excitement and pride. In reality, no one can predict the likely outcome of the two-year process that we will now enter into to leave the European Union. My arguments to remain were economic, but my heart told me that we should be leaving. Having exercised my democratic rights, and having seen my fellow Brits exercise theirs, today there is a sense […]
June 24, 2016

If you didn’t vote in Brexit, your opinion is not valid.

  This is a little message for those who were entitled to vote yesterday in the UK EU Referendum, but didn’t – I don’t care what you think about the result; your opinion on the matter is not valid to me. People fought and died to give us all the vote, and yet still some of you were too lazy to go out and cast your vote yesterday, but now have the gall to complain about the outcome. If you couldn’t be bothered to vote – to exercise a right afforded to you by the blood, sweat and tears of […]
July 2, 2016

Brexit: The Human Cost

It has been a tumultuous week in British and global politics, and whilst I have adopted a pragmatic approach to the result of the Brexit referendum — embracing the vote to Leave, even though I voted to Remain — on reflection, I may have focused too much on the strong economic arguments that countries like the UK, Norway and Switzerland are better off outside the EU, and not enough on the human impact. Today I went to my local dry cleaners, and spoke to the husband and wife team who have built an incredibly successful business in the heart of […]
April 16, 2011

What are my politics? It’s simple…

APRIL 16, 2011 During this last week, several people have asked me how I could possibly be a Conservative whilst having such a strong social conscience. The very question itself helps to highlight one of the great difficulties that party politics presents, with people identifying politicians based on strict party lines and stereotypes: “Marcus, how can you be a Conservative, but be involved in so much charity work and stuff? What do you stand for?” they ask. The answer is simple: I am an economic conservative believing in small government, minimal state intervention in economic affairs and the need for […]
April 15, 2011

Labour’s plan to close libraries in Enfield is dangerous and disgraceful

APRIL 15, 2011 As I predicted, the Labour administration in Enfield has chosen to close three libraries, targeting some of the poorest parts of the borough. Libraries are an absolutely essential service, but we knew that there were likely to be problems when Cllr Stafford, (Cabinet Member for Finance) announced at an Area Forum that he believed that there were too many libraries in Enfield. Many families, especially those on lower incomes, rely on the services in libraries to provide essential access to books and to the Internet for their children to help them with their studies and general education. […]
April 9, 2011

Should we really be involved in the conflict in Libya?

APRIL 9, 2011 Let me preface this by saying that I am incredibly proud of our Armed Forces, and came very close to joining the Army myself after university. I think that to serve in the military is one of the noblest professions, and I think that there is no greater act of love than to put one’s life at risk to protect others. The difficulty I have with the conflict in Libya is not based on some principle about warfare, because I’m far from being a pacifist, but it is based on my political and moral concerns about using […]
April 3, 2011

Colonel Bob Stewart MP speaking in Enfield!

APRIL 3, 2011 One of my favourite public speakers – Colonel Bob Stewart DSO MP – is coming to Enfield to speak at the annual Chase Ward dinner on April 12 and the excitement is building! Col. Bob is now the MP for Beckenham, but is best known for his role in Bosnia as the first British Commander of Nato forces, earning him the name ‘Bosnia Bob’. It was my great pleasure to have completed my Parliamentary Assessment Board alongside Col. Bob and he was great entertainment, but also impressed with his knowledge, strength of character and great sense of […]
March 3, 2011

A dodgy budget from a dodgy administration!

MARCH 3, 2011 It’s hard to believe, but the Labour Administration in Enfield last night voted down a proposal from the Conservatives to commit to freezing Enfield’s Council Tax for another year; they should be ashamed. Before the Election in May 2010, councillors like Ozzie Uzoanya made promises about how they would take care of the people in the East of the borough, but it is clear from their actions that they simply do not care about the hard-working people of Enfield. Ozzie saw fit to vote down an amendment that would have given residents certainty over their household finances, […]
December 29, 2010

What does 2011 have in store?

DECEMBER 29, 2010 2010 seems to have gone incredibly quickly, and a lot happened – I got elected, made it through my first Comic Relief campaign and moved-up to Enfield to name just a few highlights! However, I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be even more hectic and much, much busier; roll on the New Year!
October 9, 2010

My letter to the Enfield Independent seems to have upset Labour

OCTOBER 9, 2010 Despite the obvious and overwhelming public opposition to the Tube strikes currently blighting London, Enfield’s Labour Council refuse to acknowledge the negative impact that they are having on our residents. Instead of reconsidering their position, they have chosen, through Councillor Ozzie Uzoanya, to return to the tribal politics of old and try to position the dispute as class war. He is missing the point; my concern is not with politics, but with the people of Enfield. They deserve better than a Labour administration that puts the needs of its union comrades before theirs.
September 26, 2010

Enfield’s Labour administration puts the wishes of the Unions first and refuses to condemn the planned autumn Tube strikes!

SEPTEMBER 26, 2010 Like many thousands of people who live in Enfield, I rely on London’s extensive public transport network to travel to work in Central London each day and I am alarmed to hear that RMT/TSSA have announced plans for more strikes on 3 October, 2 November and 28 November – the first of which suspiciously coincides with the Conservative Party conference. Millions of people across London are struggling to cope with the impact of the negative financial legacy left by the last government and even the loss of a day’s income could have a disastrous effect on the […]