In tough times you turn to your friends and discover who your real friends are. As the UK spins a new web of alliances and trade deals after Brexit, one old friend could prove especially valuable to British interests. When Theresa May and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet today for the first time they will signal that an already close partnership is about to get closer.
The upcoming Housing White Paper provides a real opportunity to make some of these changes so as to ensure that each and every part of the country has the opportunity to develop and secure investment in the homes that are needed.
The arguments in favour of expanding Heathrow are overwhelming; huge local and national support, major economic investment and vital new trade routes. A new runway will generate up to 77,000 local jobs, 5,000 apprenticeships and £61billion nationally. The benefits will be enormous so we urge everyone who backs Heathrow expansion to have their say and make sure it happens.
Negotiating a trade agreement will not be easy. The UK, however, has some real advantages. Trying to take advantage of these strengths, and build on our long standing common interests is worth a try.
Along with 18 other Labour backbenchers, I have tabled an amendment which sets out the key reason as to why I believe there are fundamental problems with the Government's approach. I might be accused of being a democracy denier but I can't sign up unconditionally to the UK leaving the European Union and the Single Market... Nothing I have heard from the Prime Minister gives me the reassurance I would need to embark on the path of leaving the EU and the Single Market. That is where this Government wants to take us and I can't see how this is in the national interest.
The gender pay gap is a depressing but familiar tale: equally qualified men and women doing the same job, but paid different amounts for it, the women almost always the ones getting less. What has not been highlighted until now is the existence of a class pay gap: people from working class backgrounds being paid less for working in professions than those who have professional parents. A new report from the Social Mobility Commission today highlights this problem and the results should be a concern for employers in Britain.
One such example is Bristol-based Bookbarn International, which specialises in second-hand and antiquarian books. The company launched as a physical book store back in 2000, but in 2008 started selling on a website and through eBay as well. Today, it has an annual turnover of £1.2m, with up to 85 per cent of this coming from its online business alone.
If you're troubled by Trump, or bovvered by Brexit, I have good news for you: there is something far, far more serious for you to be worrying about. Last year was the hottest year on record. So was the year before. And the year before that. Sixteen of the seventeen hottest years on record have been since the beginning of this century.
We have to ensure that London keeps its place as Europe's top tech hub, to continue to be mentioned in the same breath as Silicon Valley, New York and Tel Aviv. Thinking about the unfolding legacy of UK-based startups who've hit the big time - Transferwise, Funding Circle, Deliveroo, Citymapper and ASOS, to name but a few - we mustn't miss the opportunity to continue to build on what they started.
Repeatedly this Government has opted for short-term decisions which will cost the health service much, much more in years to come. The Government's failure to give NHS trusts the resources they need has pushed the finances of the provider sector close to the cliff edge.
I am under no illusions. I know from my own constituency that many people voted to leave the EU in order to control immigration. But the Hard Brexit which the Prime Minister now champions will not solve the problems my constituents or the economy face, and in reality risks making them far worse.
Now we know that Brexit means Brexit, even if parliament votes against the deal negotiated by the Prime Minister. The stark truth which has emerged over the last 24 hours highlights clear evidence that we should all be worried about the future of the UK's parliamentary sovereignty, which many are so keen to wrestle back from Brussels. And that matters hugely for the future of the UK's environment.
With the Prime Minister's vision for a global Britain now clear, the time is right for a modern industrial strategy. Hand in glove with the Government's Brexit response, this strategy will help to build business confidence in an enterprise and trade-led Britain at a time of international uncertainty.
It is important to place Brexit in the wider context of everyday living in the UK. For most people, Brexit is relatively unimportant compared to the problems they face in their everyday lives. The Lancaster House speech is thus correct to focus on placing Brexit in the context of a concern with ensuring better outcome for people - people living in the UK, but also those living in other countries.
A little over six months ago, the British people voted for change. They voted to shape a brighter future for our country. They voted to leave the European Union and embrace the world. And they did so with their eyes open: accepting that the road ahead will be uncertain at times, but believing that it leads towards a brighter future for their children - and their grandchildren too. And it is the job of this Government to deliver it. That means more than negotiating our new relationship with the EU. It means taking the opportunity of this great moment of national change to step back and ask ourselves what kind of country we want to be.
As I told the Brexit Secretary David Davis in the House of Commons today, such an outcome would be disastrous for jobs and growth. Every car we export to Europe would become 10% more expensive; every item of clothing, 12%; every joint of British lamb, 40%. UK goods would be priced out of competitiveness in the European market.