I will admit the road back to recovery still looks long, but I believe that if we start this journey by building a Labour party that looks different, thinks different and sounds different we will quickly start to rebuild trust with the British people. To do this I believe we need a leader who represents something different and already connects with those he meets, somebody who can not only unite our party, but restore Labour's place in the hearts of the British people. That man is Andy Burnham.
Mr. Cameron is quite right to want to renegotiate Britain's terms - much as the UK Government were quite right to move more power from London to Edinburgh; it reflects the general feeling as well as his democratic mandate.
It's only by having a strong Labour voice, as part of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament that we can hold the Commission to account effectively on issues like Greece.
I believe it's incumbent on those who want change in the European Union to offer up a positive alternative vision that would benefit the whole region rather than take a "me first" approach that many Euro-sceptics take. So here is a Europe I passionately believe in, a Europe that can genuinely advance the causes of peace, prosperity and democracy for the benefit of all...
Across Europe public institutions and private companies are manifestly failing to incorporate the young into the workforce and even when they do pay is often derisory.
Just like the pro-EU lobby's claims on mobile phone roaming charges, their claims on discrimination and employment rights are wildly exaggerated. The house of cards hasn't just fallen down, it's in flames.
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.
The distressing images from Calais on the front pages of the newspapers each morning and beamed into out our living rooms each night are a sad reminder of the European Union's failure to address and tackle migration.
As the EU Referendum campaign kicks-off, seasoned pundits continue to argue that the possibility of 'Brexit' remains slim, if existent at all. They are wrong.
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.
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.
For 48 hours over the course of last weekend, as the Eurozone countries debated how to resolve the Greek problem, the European principles of solidarity and collaboration were effectively abandoned.
Last week, I appeared on Sunday Politics in the North East to discuss the importance of culture and heritage to our economy and well-being. I am a c...
So I am to spend the final throes of being 23 trundling slowly through revolving doors like some illiterate, gaping bovine waiting for a lobotomy that...
When I cast my vote in the referendum, I will be voting yes, but as this project shows increasing unwillingness to respect the peoples it serves, my ballot will be cast with a great deal of reluctance.
Being, generally speaking, a man of the libertarian right wing the reader might find it odd that I have a somewhat begrudging respect for the Guardian...