Chris Bryant
Labour MP for Rhondda, shadow culture secretary

Entries by Chris Bryant

Labour Needs a Leader Who Actually Wants to Be Prime Minister, And Who the Electorate Thinks Can Be Prime Minister

(61) Comments | Posted 23 July 2015 | (15:04)

I'm beginning to get really angry. I represent one of the most deprived seats in the country. It's had a Labour or Lib/Lab MP ever since miners were given the vote. We have enormous social challenges to address. A third of all children grow up in poverty. But for all...

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The BBC Is Our Cultural NHS - The Government Must Tread Warily If They Seek to Cut It Down to Size

(10) Comments | Posted 16 July 2015 | (17:00)

John Whittingdale was in emollient, consensual mood today in the Commons. Back to his old pre-Government style. But nobody who cares for the future of the BBC should be lulled into a false sense of security. The Tory plan is still exactly what it always was, to limit the BBC,...

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We'll End Long-Term Unpaid Internships

(7) Comments | Posted 20 April 2015 | (01:00)

It seems so nice, doesn't it? You're desperate to get a first job in the arts - working in a gallery, or front of house in a theatre, or as a runner for a TV or film company - anything, just so long as it's a first rung on the...

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Only by Instilling Fairness in the Workplace Will We Reduce Our Dependence on Low-skilled Migrant Labour

(67) Comments | Posted 2 October 2013 | (01:00)

Earlier this year I spent a day in Boston in Lincolnshire, listening to the ideas of a group of local Labour, Conservative and Ukip councillors on dealing with the complex challenges and opportunities migration, almost entirely from Eastern Europe, has brought to the town in recent years.

Many of their...

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On Immigration, Labour Will Fight Exploitation And Unfairness

(12) Comments | Posted 22 September 2013 | (20:23)

As one of the world's great trading nations, immigration has made a huge contribution to our country. Migrants have helped build our economy and staffed our public services. The list of those who have made a dramatic contribution is lengthy.

NHS nurses and doctors, bus drivers, high tech specialists and...

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The Queen's Speech Shows That, After Only Three Years, This Failing Government Is Out of Ideas

(36) Comments | Posted 10 May 2013 | (11:51)

All the pre-briefing about the Queen's Speech suggested that its centrepiece, its pièce de résistance, would be a new immigration bill. Trumpets sounded. The drum roll played. But by the time the Queen had returned to Buckingham Palace and sent the Crown back to the Tower of London, the government...

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Theresa May's 'Murdoch' Defence: Can the Public Respect Her Now?

(1) Comments | Posted 20 November 2011 | (23:00)

Theresa May's appalling handling of the whole Borders Agency muddle over the last fortnight shows she has a touch of James Murdoch about her.

She's used all the Murdoch defence lines. First off there was the 'rogue' line. It was all a rogue civil servant's fault, poor old Mr Brodie...

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