We cannot turn our backs to the world. While globalisation and migration present challenges, they will still be there even if we leave the EU. The twenty first century has brought huge change, but it is here to stay. Closing ourselves off to the world will not extend our influence and ability to control our own affairs - quite the opposite. Our membership and influence in the EU tempers the excesses of globalisation and helps us make it work for our local communities. The EU is not perfect, but we have to be in it to reform it.
You get to be a little cynical about politicians and political agendas when you have been embattled in the London youth sector for as long as I have. ...
Osborne will claim his Chancellorship a success next Wednesday but he has failed to meet the benchmarks against which he said we should judge him when he moved into No 11 Downing. And which group, above all else, has paid the price for his failure and are now being punished as Osborne seeks to retrieve something in time for the Tory leadership election? Our young people.
It is sometimes said that we must choose between trade with Europe and trade with the rest of the world. The truth, however, is that our place in Europe expands our trading opportunities globally. When negotiating free trade agreements, the collective clout of the EU's 500million consumers can secure terms better than those available to the UK, with our population of 65million. Our economy is not just stronger in Europe now, but will continue to be stronger in the future.
While Momentum assure the mainstream media that they are not advocates of deselection and are "inclusive" and all things nice, I can't help but be a little disappointed...
London is a young, diverse city, and Labour's selection process is the perfect opportunity for people from across all communities to have a say, and play a key role in selecting a candidate who best represents them.
Unfortunately, I suspect Corbyn won't win. I suspect the constant message by the Finks of this world, and the Murdoch machine will seep through: too many Labour supporters consciously and subconsciously buying into the rhetoric of both the Blairites in the party, or the established media - 'beware Corbyn, he is unelectable... he is bizarre.'
The ease with which anyone with access to a smartphone or tablet can create their own video content was recently demonstrated when MP Chuka Umunna announced his intention to stand for the Labour leadership with a YouTube posting.
We won't win 2020 through speeches or dinners in Westminster, we'll win in the sports halls and living rooms, offices and canteens, working men's clubs and school gates across the country. And I want this debate - about our party, our country - to be as wide and as engaging as possible. That means as many people as possible involved in the leadership election, not just a closed down or polarised contest... This is a real turning point for the Labour Party and the country - a do or die moment. No one should be giving up on a Labour Government in 2020. I'm determined we can win again. And this leadership election - focused on the future - must be the start of making that happen.
No matter what your talents may be Chuka, whatever new dawn for Labour your tenure would represent, unfortunately, I don't think the UK is ready is for you yet.
Some 200 high-flying movers and shakers gathered at the House Of Commons this week to hear about the MOBO brands next big step in their twenty year journey.
If you are the one in the spotlight, whatever the topic, don't just be reactive - think hard about what you really want to get across, and do your best to anticipate any awkward questions, so you are not caught on the hop.
Yesterday was a bad day for Sky News. But I've no doubt they will consider it a triumph - and I find that incredibly worrying.
Politians are forever requesting that voters judge them on substance rather than style. Yet the realities of our telegenic age are that they are often judged on both. So is it possible for a political leader to simultaneously achieve success in both areas?
Labour is still suffering the hangover of the Blair/Mandelson/Brown years, and those voices must be silenced outright over the next 6 months for the sake of the PLP as they seem to be PR and electoral cyanide.
Earlier this year the Evening Standard ridiculed Chuka Umunna MP for spending £14.99 on a mop for his constituency office. Reading this I thought it was a joke. It wasn't. We really have reached a point that the press paint MPs as swindling the public at every turn. How dare Chuka claim for a mop. I bet he claimed for a bucket too. Surely the visiting constituent with the dirtiest shoes should have paid for a mop. Scoundrel...