Damian Collins

The Lessons We Must Learn From the IAAF and Fifa Scandals

Damian Collins | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

The crisis that has now engulfed the IAAF shares many of the characteristics of the crisis at Fifa. Again we see allegations that another group of old men of considerable power and standing within their sport, have exploited the lack of independent governance and scrutiny within their organisation, to make money out of cheating.

How We Can Revolutionise the Affordable Housing Market

Damian Collins | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

The Housing and Planning Bill making its way through parliament has the clear ambition of increasing the supply of homes in our country. However to meet rising demand, and the government's necessarily ambitious housing targets, we are going to have to be even more radical...

Sport Has the Power to Improve Mental and Physical Health

Damian Collins | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

Sport has the ability to bring together people of all ages. The Rugby World Cup quarter-finals this weekend will draw huge crowds; to the stadiums, to our pubs and to gatherings in homes and the grassroots clubs that are at the centre of so many of our communities.

The Most Persecuted Minority in the World

Damian Collins | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

Our collective response to the plight of the Yazidis was the right one. If we fail to replicate that standard in Rakhine, our moral authority will be further diminished and it will be our enemies that pedal examples of the West's indifferences towards the Islamic world's suffering who alone will be the beneficiaries.

The Waugh Zone, June 5, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday June 5 2015... 1) CHARITY DOESN’T BEGIN AT HOME George Osborne was the axeman who cometh yest...

Watch MP Break New Ground In Pitching For Top Job

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK

The battle to lead Parliament's powerful select committees just got serious after a Conservative MP released a promotional video championing his crede...

We May Have to Boycott Fifa to Save Football

Damian Collins | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

We are now in the death throes of Sepp Blatter's ailing and failing Fifa regime. No dictatorship willingly gives up its power, but the only question that really remains is how and when it will finally fall.... It is the members of the Fifa Congress, the football associations who represent every playing nation on the planet, who have the power to bring down the Blatter regime, and pressure from the sponsors makes such a revolution more likely. This crisis will eventually bring down Sepp Blatter, and if it continues much longer could wreck Fifa forever.

Fifa's Whitewash Report Won't Convince Anyone

Damian Collins | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

Allegations have been made of millions of dollars of improper payments to Fifa officials who were involved in the process of voting for the winning bids. We are no closer today to knowing whether or not these allegations are true or false. Fifa has investigated itself and not surprisingly found itself to be not guilty.

We Must Listen to the Protest and Be Honest in Our Response

Damian Collins | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

The challenge following the European elections is about more than structural reforms and economic confidence, important though they are. It is also a challenge about the kind of society we want to build for our children...

Vote Ukip, Get Ukip: Vote Ukip to Stop Miliband

Janice Atkinson | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

In Kent, we are now the official opposition with seventeen county councillors, with our strong areas being South Thanet, Folkestone & Hythe, North Thanet, Dover & Deal and Sittingbourne & Sheppey. We will be fielding strong candidates in each seat, one of which will be Nigel Farage.

Ed Makes His Pitch to 'Allegro Man'

Damian Collins | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

Ed Miliband's pitch was not to Mondeo man, but to 'Allegro man', inspired by the Austin Allegro car that did so much to cement the decline and fall of the British motor industry in the 1970s. He wants to create an aspirational one nation society through more government taxes, state control and regulation. It is an approach that has always failed in the past and will fail again now.

The Commons Vote on Syria Is a Tragedy

Damian Collins | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

The vote in the recalled House of Commons on Syria will not stop the brutal regime in that country murdering its own people; it will encourage them to press on. The vote will not silence the screams of Assad's victims, like those targeted in the recent napalm style attack near a school at Urum al Kubra, close to Aleppo...

Is France Finished?

Damian Collins | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

On Sunday, the English cyclist Chris Froome swept down the Champs-Élysées to win the 100th Tour de France. He is only the second ever Englishman to carry off the famous yellow jersey, following Bradley Wiggins' triumph last year. But as Froome's fans shout 'allez!' the youth of France are more likely to be crying to each other 'barrez'; which roughly translates as 'scram', 'beat it', 'get out of here'... An open letter published in Le Point magazine by a Sorbonne student called 'Clare G' claimed that half of 18 to 34-year-olds would leave France.

Lord Ashcroft Warns Tories Pitching Into 'Spiral Of Irrelevance'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics

Major Conservative donor and former party treasurer Lord Ashcroft warned that the rows over Europe, gay marriage and "loongate" risk pitching the Tori...

Freedom Cuts Both Ways in the Gay Marriage Debate

Damian Collins | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

I believe that everyone should be equal in the eyes of the law, and that the lifelong commitment people make to each other when they make their marriage vows means something profound to them, and benefits society as a whole. I believe that these vows have great significance to the couples taking them regardless of their sex or sexuality.

Putting the Record Straight on Youth Employment

Damian Collins | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

It was alleged on Wednesday morning by the London Metro newspaper that I told an audience of young people in a debate at Channel 4's offices that they should busk to raise money to use public transport, leave school at 16 and work for less than the minimum wage. No direct quotations can be found attributing these remarks to me. That is because I said none of these things.

Tory MP Claims Unemployed Should Busk For Train Fare

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 20.09.2012 | UK Politics

A Tory MP has been told to apologise after he claimed that many unemployed young people lack the "motivation" and practical skills to get a job, and s...

Culture Committee 'Missed Open Goal', Says Tory Member

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Politics

The decision by the Commons culture media and sport committee to brand Rupert Murdoch "not fit" to run a international company has let the media mogul...

The Budget's 21st Century Industrial ambition

Damian Collins | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

We should have an ambition for a Silicon Valley in Britain based around and extending out of Tech City. The support of the government for this has helped to persuade companies like Google to invest in creative and digital infrastructure in the UK, rather than in other European countries.

John Terry Faces Calls To Step Down As England Captain

Posted 02.02.2012 | UK

John Terry is facing calls to step down from the captaincy of the England football team until accusations that he racially abused QPR defender Anton F...