Margaret Thatcher has withdrawn from the Labour leadership contest due to fears that she is too radically left-wing to lead the Labour Party.
We've had war-mongering Blair, pro banker Brown and fair but bland Miliband, Labour members deserve better. We need a party to be proud of. Jeremy is popular and will gain votes. As leader he'd re-claim our roots and rekindle Socialist values; values that are as important today, with inequality endemic, as they ever have been.
"Never trust a man with a beard" goes the ridiculous and unfair stereotype. Still, it is one Jeremy Corbyn MP will be familiar with, so you might think he would have more sense than to resort to desperate attempts to pigeonhole people himself. Apparently not. In an interview with Newsnight earlier this week, he suggested the 3.8million who voted Ukip at the General Election were "motivated by racism". It was as accurate an observation as his beard is duplicitous.
The Government sells the story of its intervention in way that does not frighten businesses. Labour failed at this. Given public opinion and the Government's own actions, it is not the case that 'anti-business' measures are off the agenda but if you are going to do them then there is a need to get the message right.
There should be no hesitation in backing the basic human right of workers who collectively and democratically decide to withdraw their labour in the face of injustice. Disgracefully this fundamental right is under attack by the new Conservative government, which seeks to impose a 50% threshold on all union strike ballots. These are laws that do not apply to any other organisations or to any other ballots. Whether or not we make the Labour leadership ballot paper, that struggle goes on - just as it does for those strikers today at the National Gallery, and many more in the months and years ahead. Labour must be firmly on their side.
We've got to become as ruthless as the Tories and stop pretending that it's a bad thing to say that if you're in politics you have to want to win more than anything else because if you don't win you end up where we are now - powerless to do anything for the people we claim to speak for and who we know are going to have five years of crap ahead, possibly more. It is evidence of the ludicrous mindset of some of our people that somehow we should look at the most successful election winning leader we ever had as a problem. I am all in favour of learning lessons about defeat. But there are a few lessons from victory too.
The Labour Leadership campaign is in full swing and all the Labour stars are lining up for a shot at the big time, including Blairite, Brownite, Thunderbird Puppet and Retired Geography Teacher. But if Labour are going to win in 2020, they must take away the eight valuable lessons from their election catastrophe.
If passed, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, will be the biggest trade deal of its kind, shaping the rules governing a quarter of all global trade.
If we must have a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union, the least we can do is to make sure that it's conducted to a higher standard than this Bill provides for. It's time for the government to go back to the drawing board on the EU referendum.
A strong role for trade unions in the 21st Century is essential, and as a proud trade unionist I will fight to my last breath to defend the existence of effective, free and independent trade unions... The Labour Party and the trade union movement once again face big challenges together. To re-establish our relevance, reflect the era in which we live and fight for our values in unforgiving times. These are battles that, I as a lifelong Trade unionist and as a Labour woman will relish. And it's a battle that Labour and the trade unions can win together.
What concerns me is that the fulfilling of potential that many of mine and older generations have benefited from is becoming more and more difficult, not just in London but across the country. That's why, as Mayor, I will ensure more affordable homes are built, and establish a Living Rent, why I will push the Living Wage and encourage enterprise, and why I will make sure people can afford to get to and from work on reliable affordable public transport. Without these things, aspiration simply gets crushed from the reality of living in London.
The law allows 16 or 17-year-olds to give full consent to medical treatment, leave school, enter work or training, join a trade union, pay income tax and national insurance, obtain tax credits and welfare benefits, consent to sexual relationships, get married, change their name by deed poll, become a director of a company and join the armed forces. So if they can do all these things, we ought to be able to trust them to participate in a democratic decision that will determine their future as much as it will ours.
Before Corbyn entered this debate, we didn't have such a contest. Labour had a debate that contained familiar faces making familiar arguments: Blairites calling for Blairism and Milibandites calling for Milibandism. We, as the Labour Party, need a real discussion.
Last week I received an email updating me on a brilliant new initiative, led by Durham County Council, to tackle youth unemployment in the area. This initiative is just one example of all the projects already in place up and down the country, and those in the pipeline, that are dedicated to lifting young people out of the shadows.
Qatar must allow international safety experts to assess the death toll so far and ensure that not one more person dies needlessly. If London 2012 could host an entire Olympics with no work-related fatalities, then Qatar can do the same for the World Cup. It's all down to will and political leadership.
It has not yet been a month since the General Election and only a week has passed since the Queen's speech. Yet the reality of things to come under a Conservative majority government is already clear and it's the future of our NHS that concerns me the most.