The so-called Torylites are lamenting the rise of Jeremy Corbyn. They originally welcomed the debate, expecting the ol' dinosaur's antiquated policies...
The instruction of the whip was to abstain, and I'm still yet to hear a strong argument as to why that would have been the right way to vote. One of the arguments put to me by a whip was we would be voting against at third reading, so it was ok to abstain at second reading last night. If we opposed the bill then why not simply vote against it? For me Labour stands with the many who work hard in work, out of work, and in their own businesses to ensure that they, and their families, have a roof over their heads, food on the table, and that their kids can go on the school trips.
The Opposition that doesn't Oppose is not something to aspire to. If Labour hadn't permanently destroyed any chance of recapturing those left wing votes they have lost to the SNP in Scotland or to the Greens and Plaid Cymru in England and Wales before the election then they have assured that outcome tonight.
The government last week set out its proposals to further reduce the rights of our trade unions, already labouring under the most restrictive laws in Europe, to cut away at rights that the Tolpuddle martyrs, who were being commemorated over the weekend, fought so hard for in the 19th Century. These plans are dreadful, and must be fought tooth and nail, which the Green Party will be doing.
In August 2007 the storm clouds that gathered ahead of the global financial crises came out of a clear blue sky. Eight years later, fixed on Greece we anxiously monitor the horizon for signs of another downturn but could we be facing the wrong way, with the hurricane coming from the east?
It's 11:18 on the evening of Tuesday 20 July and I've just read that George Osborne's Welfare Bill has passed through the House of Commons in the face...
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.
When Labour MPs voted against the Budget this week our opposition was based on rejection of specific policies, when it is the fundamentals of the economy and terms of political debate we must challenge.
Unfortunately, I suspect Corbyn won't win. I suspect the constant message by the Finks of this world, and the Murdoch machine will seep through: too many Labour supporters consciously and subconsciously buying into the rhetoric of both the Blairites in the party, or the established media - 'beware Corbyn, he is unelectable... he is bizarre.'
In a leadership contest where disagreement, debate, and different ideas is what it is all about, I'm getting pretty sick of the people who are constantly condemning those who don't agree with them simply for not agreeing with them. Can we please try and sort it out?
This week, the government decided to bring forward by a year the end of the transition to Individual Electoral Registration, removing millions of people from the electoral register and ignoring the advice of the Electoral Commission. This raises serious concerns for our democracy and is the latest in a long line of deeply partisan moves by a government intent on stifling democratic scrutiny and rigging the game in its favour.
All the teachers my kids have had have given more than 1% extra. My eldest son's teacher has calmly held my son's hand at lunchtime as he struggled to find his place in the jungle of relationships. She has shown him love when he was scared and helped our family get to grips with some of his difficulties. My kids' teachers have fought for them as I would have.
Instead of taking pity on workers who have been forced to take strike action as a final resort in a last ditch attempt to get the conditions at work that they deserve, the Tories have chosen to demonise them. Make no mistake about it, this proves more than ever that the Tories have their sights set firmly on Britain's six million trade unionists.
We know from our lives in public service: strong leadership matters. Losing elections has serious consequences, not just for our party, but more importantly for the people Labour works to help. Winning matters. That's why Liz Kendall is the best choice.
It's time for students to put up or shut up; Jeremy Corbyn is pushing the agenda for everything that students have campaigned on for a generation. If students want to bring about change, they have the chance.
The whole point of the BBC is that politicians should only meddle with it on very rare occasions. Yes, it is accountable to the public through parliament, and yes the charter renewal process gives ministers a moment of great power over the Corporation. But we should remain worried about Whittingdale's self-confessed free market conservativeness.