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The Situation in Calais Is a Test of Our Principles, Humanity and European Co-Operation

(14) Comments | Posted 4 February 2016 | (00:00)

On Wednesday, I asked Justine Greening in International Development Questions whether the government would be taking children from refugee camps in Europe.

This followed myself and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn visiting the refugee camp in Calais that has become known as the Calais Jungle. The purpose of my visit...

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Extreme Global Inequality Is Out of Control - Something Must Be Done

(9) Comments | Posted 23 January 2016 | (00:00)

Coinciding with the World Economic Forum in Davos this week Oxfam has issued a report - entitled An Economy for the 1% - outlining how wealth inequality has grown to the stage where 62 of the world's richest people own as much as the poorest half of the...

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We Need to Defend the DfID Budget and Make Sure It Is Used for International Development

(5) Comments | Posted 13 January 2016 | (00:00)

Prime Minister Questions last week saw Conservative MP Philip Davies argue (sadly echoing the comments of an MP from our own benches over the Christmas break) that money should be taken from the international development budget to pay for the much needed extra resources to deal with the...

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Labour Can Look Forward to Moving Forward in 2016

(18) Comments | Posted 11 December 2015 | (00:00)

In the last week-end of the campaign, I and hundreds of others were out in the rain campaigning for Labour's candidate Jim McMahon in the Oldham West and Roydon by-election.

The whole Labour family came to Oldham in the course of the campaign: the leader of the Scottish Labour...

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Britain Must Continue to Be a Global Leader in the Fight to End AIDS

(8) Comments | Posted 1 December 2015 | (00:00)

Kampala, Uganda. They wait for me in a phone-booth sized 'shabeen' bar, the rain cracks down on the tin roof. One of our last meetings is with Lady Mermaid's Bureau, an outreach group that works with female sex workers of all ages. This is just one of the ten different...

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Two Months In, The New Way of Doing Politics Jeremy Corbyn Stands for Is Shifting the Political Landscape

(45) Comments | Posted 12 November 2015 | (00:00)

On 12 September, I attended the packed Labour Party Special Conference to see the announcement of Jeremy Corbyn's resounding victory in the Labour Party leadership election with more than 251,000 of 422,000 votes.

As John Prescott commented at the time, "the party gave an overwhelming endorsement to this man" who...

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The Tories Have Cut Your Standard of Living - Labour Needs to Improve It

(13) Comments | Posted 9 September 2015 | (01:00)

The majority of people of have seen their living standards fall under the Tories. Labour needs to offer policies that will raise living standards for the majority. It's the right thing to do and the popular thing. Jeremy Corbyn's plan to replace austerity with investment-led growth is right- and is...

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Making London's Air Fit to Breathe

(1) Comments | Posted 18 August 2015 | (01:00)

The fight to cut air pollution in London is literally a life and death matter.

Some 9,500 Londoners die from air pollution every year - with the poorest parts of the capital worst hit by pollution. London has the highest levels of air pollution of any European capital.

Everyone in...

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We Must Oppose and Defeat This Latest Assault on Trade Union Rights

(11) Comments | Posted 16 July 2015 | (16:25)

The Trade Union Bill published on 15 July contains a fresh assault on collective trade union rights. Alarmingly, this follows a series of weakening measures designed to limit individual employment rights under the previous ConDem Coalition government. These new proposals are wide ranging attacks on our trade unions which with...

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We Must Ensure That Young Voices Are Heard and Valued in Shaping London's Future

(4) Comments | Posted 26 June 2015 | (01:00)

This blog is a written response to Kenny Imafidon's recent HuffPost Young Voices blog, 'Open Letter to All Potential Mayoral Candidates (A Response Would Be Nice)', which can be read here

Kenny, as a lifelong Londoner, and a London MP of more than twenty eight years, I hear...

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Richard Benyon MP and London's Housing Crisis

(16) Comments | Posted 5 July 2014 | (18:20)

Last week I raised the issue of London's housing crisis in prime minister's Question Time. Specifically I challenged prime minster Cameron on the activities of his colleague, the multi-millionaire Tory MP, Richard Benyon. His family company has acquired a minority interest in the New Era Estate in Hackney. The new...

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Terrorism and Citizenship

(66) Comments | Posted 12 February 2014 | (08:35)

Ever since 9/11 the debate about terrorism has become a debased currency. The media and most of the political class seem to have completely lost sight of the fact that terrorist suspects are entitled to due process. And the distinction between a suspected terrorist and a convicted terrorist sometimes seems...

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Cuts Show Cameron Is Creating a Victorian 'Two Nations'

(40) Comments | Posted 31 January 2014 | (00:00)

Never has George Osborne's hypocritical catch-line "we are all in this together" sounded more hollow than with the news that 10% of the poorest areas, including my own borough of Hackney, have been hit by cuts that average over 25% of their local authority budget. Meanwhile some of the wealthiest...

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Mark Duggan Inquest Shows We Need Better Relations Between Police and Community

(140) Comments | Posted 9 January 2014 | (15:04)

In the summer of 2011 the death of Mark Duggan was like a blue touch paper that lit the flame of urban insurrection all around the country. It quickly deteriorated into mere 'copy cat' rioting. But the anger about the death of Mark Duggan was never just about the man...

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Thatcher's Gender Framed Her Politics

(83) Comments | Posted 9 April 2013 | (09:27)

Margaret Thatcher soared through the political firmament of the twentieth century like a Roman candle. And one of the things that made her special was her gender. She was Britain's first female prime minister. The fact that she was a woman framed her politics. Yet, paradoxically, Thatcher was no feminist....

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Pornified Britain

(70) Comments | Posted 24 January 2013 | (00:00)

The notion that the British public space has become 'pornified' excites strong emotions. Libertarians, on both the left and right, begin to froth at the mouth and accuse you of suggesting censorship. If you are a woman you are accused of being a prude or having an unreasonable objection to...

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This Tory Abortion Circus Must Not Shift the Spotlight From the Growing Difficulties Facing British Women

(258) Comments | Posted 1 November 2012 | (00:00)

Just as night follows day, one defeated anti-choice campaign has been replaced by a fresh attempt to chip away at British women's right to choose. One and a half years after I first vowed to oppose plans for anti-choice abortion counselling, and one year after the

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We Must Recognise That Real Women's Lives Are at Stake in All of This

(128) Comments | Posted 17 October 2012 | (12:48)

On Tuesday morning Mehdi Hasan was on a prime slot on the Radio 4 Today programme airing his, now well known, anti-abortion views.

It would be easy to dismiss his recent interventions on abortion as controversy for controversy's sake. But real women's lives are at stake in...

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The Poor In Venezuela Saw Chavez's Victory As Their Own

(68) Comments | Posted 8 October 2012 | (12:09)

A few hours ago I was in the Venezuelan election centre in Caracas witnessing the room erupt into relief and delight at the official announcement that Hugo Chavez had won a fourth term. And the noise in the room was nothing compared to the pandemonium we could hear outside. Fireworks...

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Hunt's Abortion Statements Are About Politics, Not Medicine

(40) Comments | Posted 6 October 2012 | (13:30)

It is worth contemplating why senior Tory politicians are queuing up to attack women's reproductive rights. First there was equalities minister Maria Miller, then Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, now Home Secretary Theresa May.

Their opinions on the time limits for abortions obviously have no basis in medical...

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