We know that devolution can't just be a shift from Whitehall to the town hall. We want to see powers available to local communities and public service users so they can control the things that matter most to them. This is a chance to open up politics and renew our democracy. It requires a real commitment to letting go across every part of Government - a commitment that, sadly, is still sorely lacking from the Tories.
New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised a new kind of politics. He has promised to build an inclusive party that engages with those who have been turned off politics. Moreover, he represents the forefront of anti-austerity politics. Britain under Corbyn would reverse cuts and engage in a new round of public spending.
The price of land for commercial and residential purposes in London is approaching the point of acting as a drag on the city's development. How long before we start to hear common complaints that graduates are leaving London to start a career and family outside of the capital, resulting in a skills shortage which threatens London's reputation? It might be sooner than you think.
it is important to recognise that changes need to be made in Westminster too, and England's voice should be strengthened when it comes to English only matters. However, David Cameron has proposed fundamental Constitutional changes, and is proposing to introduce them in two weeks' time, using a little known parliamentary procedure... This is no way to make profound constitutional change. It is an outrage the Government thinks it is.
Labour's defeat in Scotland was a political event of seismic proportions. The message of the defeat was that we had lost the trust of thousands of voters. It was not that they necessarily disliked what we were saying; but we had lost the right to be heard. If we want to be heard again, we need to regain their trust. I will work day and night to ensure that we do.
Localism, devolution and decentralisation are currently key buzz words right across Whitehall and town halls throughout the country. Now whilst it is very important that these words evolve into effective policy (and do so for places beyond the major cities and city regions), it is, in my view, equally important that the move upwards to local government does not stop at the town or county hall but extends even further, up to communities and neighbourhoods.
It is easy to be cynical about the Northern Powerhouse. Critics have already labelled it as tokenism, or an afterthought from the Conservative Party to appease concerns that it does not think beyond its traditional strongholds. But it is more than that. Furthermore, criticising the vision before it has even got off the ground is actually counter-productive in the long run.