It is hard to see how the Foreign Office could sustain further cuts today without diminishing its capability to a point that is harmful to our long-term interests as a country. Even without the reminder of the savage attacks in Paris, it is clear we live in an era where security is the most valuable currency.
Our efforts must span right across society. With businesses and a one nation government working together to finally solve this, building on the momentum that's already being established, we can achieve equality.
British Indians have never felt more established than at this moment, and it is a great celebration of our vibrant democracy that should one aspire to the highest office in the land, the broader society would be in full support. What was an impossible pipe-dream to the displaced migrants in the 1960s, could perhaps be a near-distant reality.
Whilst the coal phase-out is welcome, today's plan makes little economic or environmental sense. If the government is serious about combating climate change whilst keeping bills down for families and businesses across the UK, it must back the best renewable energy sources now in order to create a sustainable power system fit for the 21st century.
Today the government made a correct decision on energy policy. That's such an unusual occurrence that it does deserve to be noted, after a disastrous...
It is for this reason that the debate surrounding zero-hours contracts must be rekindled as their very genetics are exploitative and biased towards employers. In simple, there must be an alternative to this system. A system where 740,000 individuals could wake up everyday without the worry of not being able to work and subsequently be left with no money.
London is on the verge of embracing a potentially life-saving scheme that would see trained firefighters responding to emergencies such as heart attacks, alongside the London Ambulance Service (LAS). However, the final push for a pilot, which if successful could see the idea rolled out across the capital, has been blocked by union bosses drawing red lines in the 11th hour of negotiations.
I'm a trustee of Water For Africa, an innovative charity that trains local people to provide sustainable water supplies for their communities. As gra...
Shortly after I was selected, I made a promise to myself. I promised that I would only run a positive campaign. That all my leaflets would focus purely on what I would do, rather than what my opponents would not do. That no matter how many times mud was thrown at me, I would never pick it up and throw it back. That no matter how tough it got, I would rise above it.
There's compelling evidence waste on the tax side of the Government's P&L but Osborne, quite literally, does not want to know. This is not where you get to if you're trying to "eliminate the deficit". It's not the way to delivery "security for working people". It's not what you do if you have a genuine focus on "the best value for money for taxpayers". But an ideological exercise in shrinking the State? It looks like this.
The Coalition have in no way presented bombing as a 'golden bullet' for this crisis. It is part of a multi-faceted response that includes aid, funding, political engagement and taking some extremely vulnerable refugees. Our willingness to misunderstand why we are being asked to get involved, and what we are being asked to do by extending this mission to Syria is embarrassing... The outrage over Paris. The tears over Aylan Kurdi. The resolve after Ankara. It all means nothing unless we are prepared to cross the threshold and accept that military action has a part to play in creating the time and space for a political solution to peace in Syria.
In London the simple fact is that the armed police 'jam' does not cover the slice of bread that is one of the world's major cities and does not even begin to lightly smear much of the loaf that is the UK. Meanwhile, the increase announced by the government in the numbers of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ officers together with increased funding is a bittersweet pill for struggling police officers on the front line to swallow...
So, Mr Cameron, you and your Government have some tough decisions to make in the next week. As you put the finishing touches to the spending review, heed the warning signs in social care and remember the benefits that excellent social care brings to the NHS, the economy and the people who need it.
I'm probably what you'd expect from a young Tory voter. I've done my fair share of campaigning and working for the party. I spent two years working in Conservative HQ and clocked up countless miles of campaigning. I also like Jeremy Corbyn. Correction, I REALLY like Jeremy Corbyn.
Earlier this week I was playing Ludo with my six year old daughter. She was beating me hands down, and at one point landed on my last hope counter and...
I want to do a surgery swap with David Cameron. This week good old DC showed the world just how little he knows about how his government is affecting his own area in Oxfordshire. If he had had the day I have had, he might rewrite the foolishly blinkered letter to his council leader.