Mark Field is the Conservative MP for the Cities of London and Westminster.
He was born in Hanover, Germany.
His father was a Major in the British Army.
His mother was German.
Mark Field is a corporate lawyer by trade.
Mark Field is a very good friend of the City of London Police.
Mark Field is a very good friend of the banking community.
In 2011, he told the Sovereign Group seminar that tax havens benefit the UK economy.
“The UK has a constitutional relationship with half of the top 30 offshore finance centres.Therefore it is essential that the UK plays an active role to ensure that any international regulation is appropriate and does not place unnecessary burdens on the UK financial sector, or on the wider UK economy which is a major recipient of investment capital raised through small IFCs.”
According to the Telegraph:
“In a bid to dismiss the age-old belief that tax havens attract investors purely because of their tax regimes, Mr Field argued that it is a combination of their political stability, familiar legal systems, quality of service, lack of foreign exchange controls, and tax and legal neutrality that make them ideal locations to deposit money.
The current financial crisis, he continued, had more to do with poor regulation and mistakes made onshore rather than offshore, and if the EU pressed ahead with its intention to harmonise tax systems across international borders
“it could potentially represent the end for healthy tax competition and possibly represent a further strike upon the Zero-10 regimes so ably defended earlier this year by Jersey and the Isle of Man.”
As well as being a great advocate of the use of offshore accounts, Mark Field sits on the Intelligence and Security Committee which reports directly to 10 Downing Street.
Mark Field is paid £6,000 per year by a pro-Azerbaijan lobby group.
The Guardian reports:
” Azerbaijan’s government has been criticised this year by the Foreign Office and Amnesty International for torturing protesters campaigning for political reforms. Labour MPs have questioned whether Field’s new job is appropriate given the sensitive nature of the work of the intelligence committee.”
” Field flew to Azerbaijan to meet senior Azeri politicians in May on a five-day trip that cost around £3,500 and in July 2010 he spoke in the country’s capital, Baku, at a Nato conference.
In March Prince Andrew met Field at Buckingham Palace and asked for support in parliament and Whitehall for British investment in Azerbaijan.”
According to the Daily Mail:
” Prince Andrew came under renewed fire yesterday over his continued links with one of the most corrupt regimes in the world.
His friendship with Azerbaijan’s billionaire dictator Ilham Aliyev was one reason why the duke stood down from his role as UK trade envoy last year.
But it has emerged that last week he held a private meeting at Buckingham Palace with Britain’s ambassador to the oil-rich state.”
Mark Field rebuffed the criticism with this statement:
“The reason that I have been out there [to Azerbaijan] on two occasions is because the country is trying to develop its financial services sector. There is no question of a conflict of interest,” he said.
“I have signed the Official Secrets Act and I will not be divulging any secrets to the Azerbaijan government or anyone else connected to any of the other organisations or all-party committees I am involved with. It would be absurd and would be quite improper to think that anyone on the security and intelligence committee could not have any other outside interests,” he said.
More facts about Mark Field MP:
Mark Field didn’t hold a single constituency surgery in 2012.
Mark Field is in favour of the use of secret courts and sees them as a “regrettable necessity”.
Mark Field had an affair with Conservative candidate Liz Truss:
“Having been chosen, local activists were furious that she kept secret an affair she had with Mark Field, MP for Cities of London and Westminster, five years ago.
It emerged yesterday that when Mrs Truss accepted the candidacy in 2005, following the deselection of Miss Catling, 50, she was in the middle of her affair with Mr Field and, it was claimed, even took him on the campaign trail.”
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