This was not David Cameron's victory. In fact, his role in this is only just beginning. Time will tell if he is prepared to follow through and make sure that this regressive tax is finally scrapped. Working alongside my Labour colleagues in Brussels and Westminster, I'll be pushing him all the way to make sure he does.
Quite frankly, I can't vote in an election in favour of the position put forward by members of UKIP, even if that leaves me siding with Cameron and Osborne.
The Tory government pays these companies millions of pounds to provide accommodation to recently arrived refugees. This is public money and the companies receiving it must be held to account for the way they treat people in need in our name. If they do not do that, then they should not retain these lucrative contracts. These are extremely serious allegations and the Prime Minister should stop prevaricating- he should order an independent investigation today.
The first Budget of 2016 was announced in parliament yesterday amidst the uproar that one can expect every time George Osborne makes a public appearance. - Although it doesn't cease when he's hidden behind the big shiny door of number 11 either.
The Tories have been exposed. They don't have a stable majority, they don't have the country's consent for their approach (having won the support of just 24% of eligible voters). We cannot allow George Osborne to stand up eight more times to deliver more benefits for the 1% of the richest at the cost of the rest of us, to ignore the reality of the finite environmental limits of our one fragile planet.
Who else wants the facts? This time last year we were all in the midst of being politically brainwashed; watching the same old parties battle it out ...
After much thought, my personal decision is to vote to leave the EU; not because I think David Cameron did a bad job, but because I believe that on balance we could forge a better future outside.
World attention on the conflict in the Middle East is primarily focused on Syria and Iraq, and much less so on the catastrophe in Yemen, which has cost the lives of thousands of people and forced millions to flee their homes. The Saudi monarchy, with Britain's open support, has been waging war on Yemen for a year, and yet few Britons know anything about it.
I'm exhausted. As someone who has become increasingly politically active in recent years, I don't mind admitting that I am somewhat battle-fatigued. I use the word 'battle' with full cognizance of its dramatic effect.
I am a big believer in Good Medicine. Notice the capital "M"? We all know about "medicine", which often takes the form of tablets that help you to g...
This week Tory MP after Tory MP on the 'leave' side of the EU referendum campaign, has come out with a clearly premeditated and orchestrated use of the words 'Project Fear,' to attack those of us on the 'Remain' side of the argument. Anyone versed in successful campaigns knows that you have to rebut dishonest attacks quickly. Now is the time for rebuttal.
It's almost five years since David Cameron set out his ambition to "end the uncertainty, indignity and suffering of rough sleeping" in the government paper 'Vision to end rough sleeping'. This ambition has not been met and the latest statistics provide more evidence that the numbers are moving in the wrong direction entirely.
We need to make sure that victims are supported to become survivors and that the process of disclosure does not become another horror for them to endure. These are not big asks, they don't cost very much - indeed the costs in not implementing them are much greater. So why have you not acted on them?
Naturally, I have no sympathy. If he and Cameron are going to impose a inhumane regime on the most vulnerable in our society, they should not be surprised when it comes back to bite them in public. And yet, they always seem to be....
Boris' involvement in the Leave campaign has certainly added a new dimension to the referendum debate and no doubt stirred hopeful emotions amongst many Tory Brexiters. However, we still have four months to go until the public get to vote. I wouldn't be so sure that during that time posturing from Johnson and infighting amongst the Conservative Party won't have left a bitter taste in many people's mouths.
The Prime Minister has demanded the Leave side explain their plan for life outside the EU, hoping perhaps we will descend into civil war over multiple options. Well, forgive me if I have a go at an answer...