"When I go campaigning as a member of the Conservative party, most people at the door say to me "ahhh politicians, they're all the same... They don't understand what it is like for the rest of us". It's not that they think all MPs are liars, or cheats or corrupt. It's that they are not able to recognise or associate with the challenges of the majority of the population.
This week I and many others in the Labour Party have joined readers of Grazia magazine to write to the Business Secretary to ask him to implement pay transparency. This measure would see large companies of over 250 employees publish the pay gap between the hourly wages of men and women on an annual basis.
The NHS is not for sale. Let me repeat that because David Cameron doesn't seem to be listening. The NHS is NOT for sale. His latest wheeze is to back an EU trade deal which threatens our health service and everything it stands for. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been described by War on Want as an 'assault' on society. This potential treaty with the US could essentially mean more NHS privatisation. It would allow American health giants to bid for NHS contracts then sue for millions if the government tries to ditch them. And it's yet another example that we can't trust Cameron to tell us the truth. No mention was made by him of the sell-off when he was out begging for votes during the 2010 general election.
Tax avoidance can also be illegal. Hence you can be found guilty of tax avoidance if it is ruled that the methods you used were actually illegal, even though the intention of the tax(non)payer was not to break the law. ..
The European Union was founded as a political project to bring peace and prosperity for citizens as well as opportunities to companies and businesses. Without the correct balance between economic and social issues the EU will always be at risk of failing to connect with people. This lack of the social dimension is something needs to addressed, and fast.
As Euro MPs convened for our monthly parliamentary session in France this week, the extraordinary emotional response to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack has been shown to have evoked the same reaction across the whole of Europe...
Delivering stronger economic growth and sustained rises in living standards for all working people is the economic policy challenge for our generation. A new progressive policy agenda is needed to achieve this. And it won't come by either turning our backs on the world economy, or hoping that traditional right-of-centre economics - laissez-faire, trickle-down, deregulation - is going to turn the tide of stagnating wages and rising inequality. That's the conclusion of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, which I have co-chaired with former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers and reports today.
2015 provides a unique opportunity for the world to think bigger and do better - for ourselves, our children and the world's poorest people. With the right leadership, ours is the generation that can wipe out extreme poverty, reduce inequality and tackle climate change.
The Green Party have a duty to continue to provide for the nation a fresh, fair and radical alternative to the 'business as usual' establishment, just as media chiefs from the BBC, ITV, SKY et al have a duty to promote and encourage a wide, engaging and relevant debate involving those extended the right to vote and elect.
Steve Emerson's expert opinion that "In Britain, it's not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don't go in" has created the best Twitter banter I've seen in ages. And when I've stopped laughing I will be a little bit offended. I promise...
With the General Election campaign now considered to have officially started, the parties are already mapping out their territory. There are few surprises and are unlikely to be any over the coming months but for Labour the challenge is particularly acute. The party knows that the NHS could be a winning issue for it but can it move beyond the NHS and onto other issues?
Labour have a catastrophic track record on the NHS, an indefensible record, they do not have serious solutions to the problems the NHS of today faces, let's face it they created so many of them and remain in blissful denial.
This week marked the start of the unofficial General Election campaigns of the three main parties and already some are fatigued at the prospect of 120 days on the road. Though the outcome is as unpredictable as it has ever been in modern times, it is increasingly apparent that this will be a six-party election...
The Greens have steam coming out of their ears after Ofcom ruled they are not a 'major' party and therefore will not be included in the televised leader's debates in the run up to the general election.
Traditions are by their very nature famously difficult to break but there must be a growing sense among UK farmers that there is only one way to secure the future of British farming come May's general election and that is to break the habit of a lifetime and this year vote Labour.
We need more women in key decision-making positions and for them to be visible whilst undertaking them. Increasing the numbers of women at all levels of political representation will lead to a more cohesive and inclusive society.