Last week's National Apprenticeship Week was full of discussion. We heard about the productivity gains of hiring apprentices, and concerns around the gender divide. We celebrated the amazing things apprentices have achieved, and heard from business leaders who are pledging to create more apprenticeships.
PR is the bedrock on which our government is built. It's right at the heart of the way it operates. We have never had a more media-savvy government or PR-aware leadership. So why did they think they could spin their way around the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) disability cuts? To understand why they truly believed that the great British people would swallow the proposed PIP cuts you need to go back in time. Quite a long way.
The vast majority of students are expected to vote in favour of Britain remaining in the EU, and I am becoming increasingly uncomfortable with this fact. Why? Because I have no idea how I am going to vote, and I find it surprising that the demographic I belong to are already so sure of themselves.
A general and logical consensus has emerged; one of cynicism. The consensus that sugests Iain Duncan Smith did not resign as DWP Secretary on Friday due to genuine concern about the impacts of welfare cuts, but instead resigned in order to be able to push forward his own anti-EU message, arm-in-arm with the rest of the Brexit team.
The austerity narrative is finally being meaningfully punctured from the front bench of the opposition. If Labour maintains this level of pressure it can expect to do rather better than its critics predict in the upcoming local elections.
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.