Being an optimist I do have hope and faith. I know that my job might be harder in Opposition to deliver on the pledges we have made, but I also know that it is more important than ever to make sure not only do we hold this government to account and expose it's continuous failures which effect places like Bradford West, but also that we make sure we win 2020.
KFC and McDonald's have announced they will be banning under 18s from some of their branches unless they're accompanied by an adult... I've seen more fights between drunk adults at 2am then I have between teens.
Many of the employment rights we now take for granted - things like health and safety protections and legal entitlement to breaks - were secured through hard-fought battles by trade unions and their members. It's up to young workers to act together to resist new forms of exploitation.
The Prime Minister has demanded the Leave side explain their plan for life outside the EU, hoping perhaps we will descend into civil war over multiple options. Well, forgive me if I have a go at an answer...
To think Ukip will disappear after the referendum is to fundamentally misunderstand the appeal of Ukip. What unites the party and attracts millions of voters is not only a hatred of the EU, but a fierce, relentless, and at times blinkered, patriotism.
The EU referendum is a massive decision which we all have to make and it affects jobs, investment, our rights and safety. Some people want to make the referendum about immigration but the evidence suggests a leave vote would give us no increased control over our own borders. In fact, leaving the EU could actually cause migration to rise.
In the Highlands and in my constituency, there are many mysteries, such as the location of the Loch Ness monster. However, the biggest mystery has to be why Inverness, one of the fastest growing cities in Europe and towns like Nairn are apparently not considered to be on the Mainland - at least according to some couriers. They are not buying boxes to Brigadoon, they are asking for things to be sent to a modern city.
However you approach the debate on Sunday trading, the government's arguments fall flat. It is unclear how many retailers actually want to make use of extended hours, shopworkers don't want it, and consumers aren't exactly knocking marching down Whitehall to fight for more ways to part with their cash.
Do we really want great institutions like the London School of Economics and Imperial College to be effectively closed to our own young people because they can't afford to live in London? I hope the universities themselves will agree that would be a terrible prospect - which is why I hope in time they'll also come to value and respect the concept of the Student Living Rent.
The government's plans would see prohibitions limiting large stores from opening on Sundays for more than six hours lifted in certain circumstances. The decision would be devolved to local leaders across England and Wales (Scotland and Ireland already have powers over Sunday trading devolved to their regional parliaments).
Charles Dickens may have been referring to London and Paris when he wrote 'The Tale of Two Cities' in 1859, but today he may have considered The Tale ...
Britain has its own proud tradition of fighting tyranny, of protecting liberty and democracy both at home and abroad. For us, Europe has always been about trade. For the continent, it is about so much more. This does not mean either side is wrong. But the European Project is not right for us.
None of the promised changes put forward by the Prime Minister in either his much-vaunted Bloomberg speech, or in the 2015 and 2010 General Election manifestos, are going to be fulfilled. The letter confirms what we had all expected. The renegotiation reminds me of the closing scenes of Macbeth: "full of sound and fury signifying nothing."
The Chancellor should have stuck to his guns, and done the fair thing for the British people - regulate and tax the banks properly. As it is, the Bank of England & Financial Services Bill signals a major retreat by the Chancellor from what was until now his own policy. Thus, whilst he stands firmly behind his failed austerity (National Debt up 60% in his six years in charge), he is going soft on banks.
It must have sounded so simple in the meeting. £130 million. Big number. It'll look great on a headline, and show our commitment to paying tax in the UK. Let's get it out there. Give the BBC an exclusive and run it in the broadsheets as well.
When I visited the Rutherfords I promised them that if Labour won the election, cancelling the bedroom tax would be the first thing I did. When I saw the exit polls at 10pm on 7 May I thought of Warren and his grandparents. I felt we had let them down and I feared what another five years of Tory government would mean for them and the other 500,000 households paying the bedroom tax. On Tuesday, Paul and Sue got a rare piece of good news. They took the government to The Court of Appeal - and won, with the Judge concluding that the bedroom tax is unlawful because it discriminates against disabled children and in a separate case against the victims of domestic violence.