Every summer, at the first hint of blue skies and sunshine, the beach in my constituency in Brighton fills up with people who have travelled from far and wide to enjoy the beautiful seaside. The scenes on those days are replicated across the country. We are people who, despite the inconsistent weather and chilly water - like to be beside the sea. It's easy to forget that bathing in British waters was a hazardous activity not so long ago and that it was action from the EU which cleaned up the coastline.
This morning I joined Junior Doctors on their picket line outside of St Thomas' Hospital - just across the river from the Houses of Parliament. Like thousands of their colleagues across the country these men and women had taken the difficult decision to go on strike for the first time because the Government has continued to treat them with contempt... The Government must rethink the way they're treating our NHS. As a start they should negotiate with the doctors in good faith, and put forward the offer of a contract that is fair and works for staff and patients alike. Until then then I'll continue to stand in solidarity with the junior doctors as they fight for what's right.
The debate in the House of Commons was thorough, and the horror and revulsion at recent atrocities in Syria, Paris, Beirut and elsewhere is shared by MPs from across the political divide. Yet I have still to see any evidence to suggest that UK bombing Isis targets in Syria is likely to increase our security here in Britain or help bring about a lasting peace in the region in question - to the contrary, the evidence appears to suggest it would make matters worse.
The Greek response to the huge challenge of austerity has been courageous and heartening. Because information is power, resistance to austerity has also materialised in the shape of a 'Truth Committee on Public Debt' set up in response to mounting economic challenges in Greece. Greeks aren't alone in facing damaging cutbacks. In Britain austerity is biting - and the Autumn Statement is set to bring with it a new round of cuts that even Tory councils are opposing. In the face of a continued Government obsession with the rolling back of the state I believe it's time Britain had a Committee on Debt Truth of our own.
The Government has refused to publish the legal basis for action, creating a legal and accountability vacuum. Without our legal challenge it's impossible to determine whether the decision to execute to British men- and what that signifies in terms of Government policy - meets the robust conditions set out in international and domestic law.
The EU is, as it stands, a real brake on further attacks on our rights. EU rules mean that we're not forced to work more than 48 hours per week, that we're entitled to four weeks paid holiday and that part time and agency workers are entitled to equal pay and conditions. Indeed at the heart of EU rules -written into the Charter of Fundamental Rights - is the right to strike.
The United Nations will have a Special Session on global drug policy next April and will begin discussions next month in New York. Our Guidance on Interpreting the Drug Conventions, published today, sets out an entirely new vision for global drug policy. The first step is to abandon the hopeless objective of creating a drug free world.