Remember the 2010 election? Remember David Cameron's pledge not to have another top down reorganisation in the NHS which was soon rendered meaningless by the Health & Social Care Act? Well the Tories have learned from all the negative publicity that harmed them last time by seeking to undertake their latest reorganisation away from public scrutiny.
Today's Justice Select Committee report into safety in Britain's prisons reveals a crisis in mental health, with rising levels of self-harm, drug abuse and suicide. A few weeks ago, prison officers at Wormwood Scrubs walked out because they could not guarantee safety for themselves or the prisoners. Yet Justice Secretary Michael Gove seems incapable of action.
I know some will find my decision not to re-stand for the leadership hard to understand, and I've been moved by the generous words of support from many party members and supporters urging me to continue, but I hope that my decision will help make it clear that the Green Party doesn't operate like other political parties, with a steep hierarchy up which many are seeking to scramble, while those at the top defend their positions. We're a team, we work together and support each other.
Matalan are yet to sign up to the British Retail Consortium's Responsible Retailing guidelines on childrenswear, alongside other high street stores like George, Tesco and Next. As a respected family store, I am asking again for Matalan to remove the bra and reconsider the items they sell and market to young children.
One can only wonder why the BBC would facilitate a continuation of the behaviour being shown by presenters like Kuenssberg. The question has to be asked - when does journalistic freedom step into the realms of direct influence and bias?
It was all going wrong for Boris, and yet he hadn't even got out of his German bus yet. But worse was to come. As the door opened, Boris leaned out brandishing a Cornish pasty above his head. Clearly no-one had told him that pasties, like so many iconic British foodstuffs, are protected from imitation by the EU's Protected Geographical Indication legislation. People often criticise the EU for being remote. But it is EU law, not British law, that protect Cornish pasty makers from being undercut by inferior imports. By this point, local Tory MP Sarah Newton was already talking about Boris' "blunder bus", a phrase that took off on social media...
If Labour does not work to reverse this trend it could cease to be a national party and face the possibility of never forming a government again. Labour must listen and act quickly to avoid this potentially irreversible catastrophe.
Iain Duncan Smith's line in his Brexit speech today was that the European Union is a 'force for social injustice'. This might be a nice soundbite but it could not be more wrong... Iain Duncan Smith may present himself as an authority on social justice but his record in Government tells us otherwise.
The Government have a duty to protect the lives of its citizens including from terrorist attacks. But the state killing someone "in cold blood" in a country where we are not in armed conflict is a serious issue.
Twelve months on from the last General Election, where we were 7% behind the Conservatives, we're now 1% ahead. We've not yet done enough to guarantee victory in 2020, but I believe Labour is moving in the right direction.
We know that we can't tackle wealth inequality if we don't make access to housing more equal - the topic of my recent lecture at Mansfield College, Oxford. And we know can't reach out to young people and families on middle incomes without giving them hope and help to get on and buy a home. This is why I've set up the first major review into home-ownership in over a decade - the Redfern Review - and it's why Labour MPs last night voted against government plans to restrict the supply of affordable homes to buy.
Nuneaton was one of twenty-three ultra-marginals the party had identified as crucial to determining whether Ed Miliband would be Prime Minister. It will be just as important in 2020: if Labour is going to form the next government, it has to sway the people of Nuneaton. We recently conducted focus groups with former Labour voters there to see how Labour were progressing.
The critics of Jeremy Corbyn are relentless. If anything goes well for the Labour party, they will say this happened in spite of Corbyn, and if things go badly, then it must be because of Corbyn. Their narrative is prepared before the event, and whatever happens, Corbyn is condemned.
Turkey is currently hosting around two million refugees. Lebanon, a country half the size of Wales, is now hosting 1.2million Syrian refugees, more than the total number of refugees in Europe from any nationality. Amid this David Cameron assumes any contortion he can to try and keep Britain's doors closed to a meaningful number of people made refugees from the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. He says, with a straight face, that the "first choice" of Syrian refugees is to stay in tents in Turkey or in crowded tenements in Beirut.
We cannot turn our backs to the world. While globalisation and migration present challenges, they will still be there even if we leave the EU. The twenty first century has brought huge change, but it is here to stay. Closing ourselves off to the world will not extend our influence and ability to control our own affairs - quite the opposite. Our membership and influence in the EU tempers the excesses of globalisation and helps us make it work for our local communities. The EU is not perfect, but we have to be in it to reform it.
Dear Mr. Corbyn, We are writing on behalf of Indonesian people in the UK. As your admirers, we were surprised to read your statement published in the...