A Calais summit at European level is urgent. It should provide solutions to the migrants crisis while at the same time securing the tunnel to ensure that Calais and Dover are open for business as usual... The problem of Calais is not just a Franco-British question, it is a problem for the whole of Europe and the developing world. But the French and the English are on the frontline.
There is enough suitable previously developed land for at least a million new homes, much of it in London and the south east. If we make it easier to build in the Green Belt, these sites will be wasted and towns and cities will suffer. The Green Belt has been a huge success. Without it we would be immeasurably poorer. We should protect it, celebrate it, and go out and enjoy it.
We were promised a government for the blue collar. What we got is one for the blue bloods. In his first 100 days, Cameron has been blistering alright, tearing his way through the provisions and protections that provide some modicum of fairness in a country increasingly scarred by inequality. Power and resources in this country are being shaken up in profoundly anti-democratic ways.
As we approach the landmark of the first 100 days of his government, we at HuffPost UK have asked Britons to assess the state of the nation under the Conservatives. '100 Days of Dave' is a special blogs project looking at what's worked, what hasn't, and what more we can expect over the next five years of this Parliament. From grassroots campaigners to Government ministers, from critics to supporters, we aim to show a breadth of opinion as we take the national temperature on a range of policies including child poverty, mental health, the environment, housing and LGBT rights.
Next week will mark the first 100 days of this Tory government. It's only three months since the election yet David Cameron has already ripped up nine major pre-election promises. It's clear he never expected to deliver these plans in the first place. Yet he spent months before the election making promises about what he would do. From child tax credits to the railways, from a decision on Heathrow to tax-free childcare, the Tories have lied to the electorate. Here are nine broken Tory promises since May...
I'm not an expert on running a charity. But I am a businessperson and an entrepreneur. Every day I learn new things from other businesspeople - and I go out looking for new stuff to learn about running a successful business. I absolutely know there are millions of things I still don't even know that I don't know. But what I do know is that if you look at Kids Company from a business point of view, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
To demonise a small group of vulnerable people to galvanise support while avoiding the major immigration and migration issues is clever, but does nothing to address real concerns. It incites anger, hate and appeals to the dirty side of the argument. If we are to have a rational debate, let's focus on the pervading issues rather than making irresponsible comments about human beings that are going through a pretty hard time.
If we only approach this crisis in a humane way, let people in, we will certainly find future national treasures. Strength of character; Strong will; Determination; Intelligence. These are welcome gifts to any employer.
Perhaps you'll think I'm naïve, but I still believe that when you have a debate, it's a good idea to have some facts readily to hand. So here are some facts that you might find useful next time you're thinking about that "swarm" (David Cameron's word, not mine) of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from north Africa. Why not keep them handy (the facts, not the migrants) on your smartphone, or print them out and shove them in a pocket.
These latest figures only serve to reinforce the need for a radical rethink about our second chamber, which is getting bigger and more expensive by the day. Surely it can't be right that when politicians are talking about reducing the cost of politics, they're set to stuff the upper chamber with yet more party appointees?
If the politicians in London want to end the crisis in Calais, they don't need to send in the troops, they need to shoulder a fairer share of the burden of asylum seekers in the EU, something they are currently refusing to do.
Today marks a key point in the fight against slavery in the UK. With the Modern Slavery Act coming into force, law enforcement will have greater powers to target and prosecute traffickers and additional protection will be provided to the victims of this brutal crime.
The crisis in Calais isn't going away. And while it may feel like a local problem that will eventually slip out of the news, the truth is it is part of a wider international humanitarian challenge that Europe is failing to grasp. Ramping up the rhetoric towards the rest of the world, demonising people or turning Britain inwards - as David Cameron seems to want to do - won't solve the problem. Instead Britain needs to work with other countries to set out a serious, practical long term plan.
The NGOs who signed the letter to the Prime Minister do not want to go to war with the Government. We welcome the Government's good intentions, not least its aspiration that ours should be "the first generation to leave the natural environment of England in a better state than that in which we found it". But things are going rapidly in the wrong direction.
What do the next five years hold for the NHS? The pre-election jamboree is quickly evaporating. The promise of billions more in funding now feels like a distant sound-bite. The Daily Telegraph recently set the tone with a front page headline in which Jeremy Hunt declared that the NHS now has enough money and will have to make do. However, all the talk on funding in the election debates completely missed the point.
It's been 64 years since the Refugee Convention was adopted, and although it's been modified slightly, its underlying principles have proved life saving. Fast forward to 2015. Once again, people around the world are being forced to flee tyranny and conflict on an unprecedented scale.