The Tories more than doubled the number of ethnic minority voters it won and started to close the gap on Labour. While Labour still held a distinct lead, securing over 50% of the vote from ethnic minority voters, the Tories support grew from 16% in 2010 to 33% by 2015. These results must act as a warning to Labour - we simply cannot take any voters for granted.
Understanding government can be a complex business. The stated reason for a policy and the real reason for it are rarely the same. So it was this week when Amber Rudd, the new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change came to make a statement to the House of Commons heralding the end of onshore wind...
Tom's always had a strong reputation as a formidable grass roots campaigner and that was more than clear to see on the doorstep with his interactions with the voters. His visits to 109 constituencies in the run up to the general election always delivered a boost and he remained top choice as chief guest for many fundraising events held by local Labour party branches.
I believe that London is the greatest city in the world but it is beset by the mortal threat of deepening inequality. I wholeheartedly agree that if London is to continue to thrive we must deliver change to ensure the city functions for all, not just a privileged few. I know I can be the mayor to deliver that change.
For millions across the country, these cuts have signalled the tipping point as they have been forced to rely on food banks simply to feed their families, forced to turn to payday lenders to cover the bills and rent putting a roof over their heads, and forced to put up with low wages and the uncertainty of life on zero hours contracts, simply to make ends meet.
On 30 June the Independent Living Fund will be abolished, pulling the rug from under the 18,000 people with particularly high needs who rely on it to remain in their own homes. This cruel cut will not only make it even more difficult for disabled people to participate in their communities and go to work, but could even force some into residential homes. Today the Green Party's Work and Pensions spokesperson Jonathan Bartley joins Disabled People Against Cuts to lobby parliament in a last-ditch attempt to save this vital fund. Perhaps meeting those who depend on this support face to face might persuade MPs to change their minds. But this is just one telling example of the government's attitude towards disabled people.
Labour will not thrive again unless it finds the guts to convey a bold message that gives people hope. Aspirants to the leadership should lift their eyes and embrace the case against austerity. There really might be some votes in it.
We cannot take our capital's vibrancy and economic success for granted. A future Mayor needs to champion bringing major international sporting and cultural events to London to help promote the capital in the future. I have already made clear that London should bid for the European Capital of Culture in 2023, but after Glasgow's great Games last summer, few will be in any doubt that London would benefit too from hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games.
It was the liveliest part of the protest. Men, women and children skipped to the sound of reggae and dancehall classics. A sea of placards adorned wit...
If, despite the clear outcome of the Alternative Vote referendum four years ago, we are to reopen a national conversation about the way we elect our MPs, we should at least start from a recognition that no system is ideal and that our choice depends on our priorities.
The Killing Season is extraordinary TV but sad to watch. Because ultimately it is a story of bad politics that failed because people simply could not work together in a way that made the team greater than the sum of the egos of the individuals.
I set up just over a year ago a cross-party inquiry with two objectives: first, to try and find out why so many people - some 600,000 across Britain - have to rely on their local food bank to stave off hunger; and second, to come up with some solutions which might begin to ameliorate their circumstances.
The battle for Labour's iron throne has now really got going with the first of the broadcast debates. We know who the contenders are and what their positions are starting to look like. Alliances are being forged and battle plans are being prepared. It could get bloody...
The results from this last election saw Labour move from Southern discomfort, to downright agony. That doesn't mean that we should give in to despair, or feel that there is no way back. However, it does mean that our party now has a duty to pick a leader that is capable of speaking and listening to people right across the country, especially in the East of England.
The #ToriesforCorbyn campaign, however, has a slight problem: the electorate widely support Corbyn's purportedly outlandish policies. Corbyn's anti-trident, anti-austerity and small-scale nationalisation agenda might seem unpalatable to Fleet Street commentators, but the polls suggest otherwise.
Climate change is a threat not just to the environment, but to people. And it's the poorest people who are most exposed. Tens of millions have been lifted out of poverty in the last 15 years, but more than one billion people still live in absolute poverty on less than $1.25 a day. Climate change also presents a growing danger to Britain. Flooding is the greatest threat to the UK from climate change, with up to 3.6 million people at risk by the middle of the century. The 2007 floods in Britain were a powerful reminder that, even in developed countries, climate change is national security issue. I agree with Pope Francis.