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...
Britain faces huge challenges to compete in a world being transformed by the pace of technological change and the rapid rise of emerging economies, which whilst intensifying competition are also creating huge new markets and new opportunities. The government is failing to meet these challenges and to tackle the cost-of-living crisis and ease the burden on households. After four years of Conservative-led government, wages after inflation are on average £1,600 a year lower than in 2010.
Businesses clearly have a long way to go before there is equality in the boardroom. But market forces rather than quotas are a large part of the answer.
My colleague Chuka Umunna MP's plan for the next Labour government to introduce a US-style Small Business Administration is very welcome. SMEs comprise 99% of all UK businesses, providing 60% of all jobs and 50% of UK corporate turnover, yet the institutional structures which currently serve them often significantly underperform those of our international competitors.
Chuka Umunna insists UK banks should be broken up, in order to make them - he says - more competitive. It is a surreal experience hearing a Labour spokesman arguing the virtues of competition while the coalition insists that concentrating UK banking into five banks is in no way problematic...
This past weekend Chuka Umunna, the shadow Business Secretary, proposed to work with partners to reform the freedom of movement for workers from other...
This is a topic that has been alive amongst my fellow black performers pretty much since I began my career. In fact, once I'd been in the business about five years and had decent credits to my name, it became a constant companion to the usual actor repartee; so that: "Are you working?" was quickly followed by: "When you going over to America then?"
It was Napoleon who first branded the British 'a nation of shopkeepers', a theme Adolf Hitler returned to 150 years later. But whilst these Anglophobic generals may have meant it as an insult, we British take great pride in our small retailers and jealously guard the variety and diversity they bring to our high street...
Businesses are facing their own version of this crisis - a cost of doing business crisis. We have now found out that, because of inflation, business rates are going to increase by an average of £430 from next April, at a total cost to businesses of £700m. This is happening year after year - they have already gone up by £1,500 on average under David Cameron.