The impact assessment on union finances is the first issue dealt with in the report and doesn't make for pleasant reading. It shows that unions will face costs in excess of £11.2million and the financial burden doesn't end there. As well as this initial outlay, unions - and ultimately union members paying their subs - will be subjected to another £26million over the five year period subsequent to the passing of the bill. This is further proof - not that it was required - that the bill is a blatant attempt by the Tories to inflict yet more red tape on unions.
Greens are absolved. It wasn't the Greens that lost the election for Labour: it was Labour itself.
Labour needs a clear vision, communicated through a well-orchestrated media strategy, offering up policies that seem relevant now and in four years' time.... All of this might be achievable if Labour wasn't wracked by deep, emotional divisions that started back well before Corbyn became leader...
We've all been on a bit of learning curve in the last few weeks, receiving an education in the role of junior doctors and why it is that they have b...
I agree with Mark Goldring of Oxfam GB that a crackdown on global tax havens is a necessary step towards ending this rampant global inequality. Indeed, it is also a necessary step towards international development more broadly... A Labour Government will genuinely tackle tax avoidance and work for ambitious global agreements on international development that seek to tackle inequality and its drivers.
The rise of Jeremy Corbyn has created fissures through the heart of the Labour Party as he battles to forge policy out of principles. As London Mayor, Zac Goldsmith would have a platform to make problems for his party should his rebellious spirit remain.
It's clear that just focusing on turnout will never be enough. In the marginal Tory-held seats, persuading non-voters to vote and vote Labour would clearly be a welcome step but statistically it would not change the result. The reality is without rebuilding a coalition and regaining the trust of ex-Labour voters who in recent elections moved to the Tories, the SNP and Ukip, we will not get out of the starting blocks in 2020.
David Cameron should recognise deploying the language of segregation doesn't build integration, regardless of the perfection of the English uttered. It builds barriers. If we want integration, which I do, we must all work hard for our goal.
What sort of system have we created that relentlessly siphons wealth from the poor to the richest 1%, and in the process deprives humanity of the resources that could bring happiness, contentment and joy to billions of people? When, oh when, will world leaders take concrete steps to remedy this injustice and unfairness?
Through my campaigning to prevent the specific crime of child sexual exploitation (CSE), I found out more and more about the scale of child abuse in the UK. It is truly shocking... So what can we do to stop this abuse that is on an epic scale? More importantly, what can I as a Member of Parliament do? With this question keeping me awake, I developed the idea of Dare2Care.
We are facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. It is not enough to dabble at the edges and bury our heads in the sand in the hope that someone else will step in. Leaders across Europe, including our own Prime Minister, must step up and take responsibility - strengthening border checks, tackling people smugglers and playing our part to offer sanctuary to desperate people fleeing violence, war and conflict. If Europe fails to act now, the crisis will get worse.
All wings of the party are represented in the Labour Leave campaign, so we can boast of being a broad-based movement looking back at a proud history of Labour Euroscepticism and forward to a more democratic and progressive future outside the EU.
We're still talking about it, but not many people in the Labour leadership seem to be listening. In 2020, Labour need to win 94 MPs to form a majority government of just two. The newly released Beckett report has pointed out a variety of reasons Labour lost in 2015, mainly that of the economy, immigration and welfare.
The Tories have an appalling record when it comes to meeting their own targets and delivering on what they promise. For that reason, I was interested to read yesterday that one Government minister is finally waking up (and owning up) to the UK's huge trade problem.
One of the defining characteristics of the political left throughout history has been our willingness to stand up and fight for our values. We've never shied away from political battlegrounds, be they local, national or global. And what the outers somehow fail to recognise is that Europe is just another battleground. The decisions made there affect us profoundly, whether we're part of it or not.
The issue of how our parties are funded is at the core of Parliamentary democracy. Today, peers in the House of Lords are debating a major change to the current system in the Trade Union Bill that's currently going through Parliament.