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Monday, 20 September 2010, 2:30PM
Guildhall

Democracy or Markets: Who Can Take The Longer View?

Neil Eckert, Mark Field MP, James Fierro, Faisal Islam

The Long Finance initiative to establish a World Centre of Thinking on Long-Term Finance began in 2007 with a question, "When would we know our financial system is working?" which challenges a system that can't provide today's 20 year olds with a reliable financial retirement structure. The aim of the Long Finance Institute is "to improve society's understanding and use of finance over the long-term." The research project proposals range from theory versus practice or fiscal versus monetary to sustainability versus robustness. The iconic project for Long Finance is the Eternal Coin, with the objective of starting a global debate about society's values over the long-term.

 

For further information about Long Finance, please visit www.longfinance.net

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Mark Field was elected as the MP for the Cities of London and Westminster constituency in 2001, and was re-elected with an increased majority in 2005. In the 2010 General Election he was returned to parliament once more having been re-elected in the revised constituency (bearing the same name) with a further increased majority of 11,076. This result took Mark’s share of the vote locally to over 50% for the first time.He takes a special interest in economic matters, foreign trade and international development, and is currently Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Venture Capital and Private Equity. He is also Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Bangladesh and Football.

In September 2010 Mark was appointed by the Prime Minister to the prestigious Intelligence and Security Committee, chaired by Sir Malcolm Rifkind. He is the youngest MP serving on the Committee which oversees and scrutinises the work of Britain’s intelligence services.

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Faisal Islam is economics correspondent for Channel 4 News, after being business correspondent since May 2004. Prior to this he was economics correspondent at The Observer newspaper.

In 2009 he was named Business Journalist of the Year, and in February 2006 Faisal was named Young Journalist of the Year at the Royal Society of Television awards. He was awarded the Wincott Award for Young Financial Journalist of the Year in 2000, and shortlisted for Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards for 2001.

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