As Prince Harry's Invictus Games were held in Florida this week, the spotlight was thrown once again on the bravery, determination and grit of Britain's armed forces. Back here at home, I had the privilege to meet around a dozen current and former members of the armed forces at an event in Westminster. It follows research from the bank that shows ex-military personnel can face discrimination when looking for work - including being asked at interview if they are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health conditions.
As an ordinary British citizen similar to the 16% of the voters unsure whether they should support Britain staying in the European Union or join the c...
It is easy to be critical of summits and the communiques that come out of them. There is always lots of politics involved, as different agendas meet and different expectations clash. Perhaps the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit really will be the start of something new. But given what the leaders have been able to agree on, it might make sense to keep the bunting on hold for just a little while longer.
It's correct that 2015 saw the highest level of house building in a number of years. Around 143,000 homes were completed in total across England. The last time the figures were that high was in 2008. This is still low by historical standards, though...
Today's Anti-Corruption Summit in London is a golden opportunity to deliver on promises the Prime Minister made in 2013, and open up a new era of transparency and openness, with the UK at the forefront. Unfortunately, it looks as though what we will see instead is business as usual...
Britain should remain the EU because we live in reality, not in some romantic fantasy where the UK is a lone power in a world of subservient nations. That is an imperial thought process which went out of fashion decades ago.
Whittingdale has always professed to love the BBC. My fear is that he actually loves his vision of the BBC - a significantly smaller, impoverished presence within a market-driven economy where the public interest is subordinated to commercial self-interest. This week, we will discover if he is intent on inflicting his vision on the nation.
We know that we can't tackle wealth inequality if we don't make access to housing more equal - the topic of my recent lecture at Mansfield College, Oxford. And we know can't reach out to young people and families on middle incomes without giving them hope and help to get on and buy a home. This is why I've set up the first major review into home-ownership in over a decade - the Redfern Review - and it's why Labour MPs last night voted against government plans to restrict the supply of affordable homes to buy.
James Cleverley, Conservative MP for Braintree, has blogged about their much criticised London Mayoral campaign - saying that we will have to get used to this sort of personal and aggressive political campaigning from now on. Why? Because thats what the Americans do. It appears, that there is a new rule - that we have to do what the Americans do - no matter how vile and divisive.
Claim and counter claim filled newspaper pages, twitter streams and broadcast media minutes. Anyone hoping that the London mayoral campaign would focus on transport policy, housing plans or public service reform issues rather than personal politics would have been sorely disappointed. It got very personal very quickly and stayed there.
This is a huge Government climb-down. The humiliating volte-face by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is a result of the magnificent show of defiance by teachers, heads, governors, parents and politicians of all parties - including Conservatives - who made clear that the enforced privatisation of England's state schools would not be countenanced... Nicky Morgan needs to stop and talk to the profession to work out a clear way forward. It is time to end this ideological nonsense from this discredited Government.
Last night's results also showed that Conservative councils have been effective in managing declining funds whilst continuing to provide public services. They have not been given the boot for failed bin collections or the dimming of streetlights. In fact it demonstrates that Conservative council leaders across the country have innovated against the tide of austerity. For that they have been rightly rewarded.
No-one would invent the BBC today. But thank God our predecessors did. The BBC is one of this country's greatest institutions: it developed organically, almost accidentally, but it's become a central part of the public realm without being part of the state.
We can't say that homelessness has been reduced by 67% or any specific other amount because the Welsh government has changed what they do about homelessness and how they count it. This isn't to say that the changes haven't made a difference; just that we can't put a number on that difference at the moment.
Can the union movement defeat the Trade Union Act 2016 in the same extra-parliamentary way its predecessor did with the Industrial Relations Act 1971? Not without a rise in the level of struggle and strength which makes for a bit of a Catch-22 situation.
I'm standing to be Mayor to take that huge success we've seen under Boris, and make it work for all Londoners... Between now and the close of polls I'll be campaigning with everything I have. With your help, I will make Greater London, greater still.