We've come so far and yet there is some way to go. Labour's next leader will undoubtedly play a key role in the fortunes of the LGBT movement in this country and others. That is why as a party we have an obligation to scrutinise the records of those running for leader. I have, and that's why I'm backing Yvette.
I voted Blue and I want to see Red. I want to see red with Tory policies I disagree with, namely fox hunting and the exclusion of under-25s from the Living Wage. I do not want to be a "yes woman" and blindly follow what I don't view as right.
The image of our fellow citizens queueing out of desperation for help from a food bank became a defining symbol of life at the bottom of the pile under the coalition, although this life at the bottom had begun under Labour. It became increasingly clear in the second half of the parliament, therefore, that if any issue were to present itself as the coalition's soft underbelly, it would be hunger.
This isn't about what Labour needs; it's about what British politics needs. We need to widen the debate not only in this leadership contest but also throughout our country's political system.
The austerity economics at the heart of this Conservative Government are about far more than welfare cuts. They reflect a socially divisive and economically damaging. attempt to drastically reduce public services and to reshape the relationship between the citizen and the state.
Next week will mark the first 100 days of this Tory government. It's only three months since the election yet David Cameron has already ripped up nine major pre-election promises. It's clear he never expected to deliver these plans in the first place. Yet he spent months before the election making promises about what he would do. From child tax credits to the railways, from a decision on Heathrow to tax-free childcare, the Tories have lied to the electorate. Here are nine broken Tory promises since May...
Labour's next leader will need to achieve something far more difficult and far more important - convincing the British people that our party is fit to lead our country again. The answer isn't to look backwards, but instead to talk about the Britain that we can build together. Labour has always won when we've focussed on the world as it is and how we want it to be. That's what Liz Kendall has done this week...
One should have thought that Jon Cruddas, who is known as an intellectual within the Labour Party, and the people working in the associated think tanks that support this report, know that their case is built on sand. While I usually applaud the use of data instead of political commentary, in this case it appears that existing patterns in the data have simply been (mis-)used to make a political point.
In their final term of 18 years in government, the Tories broke up British Rail, creating the fragmented privatised network that we experience today. They shouldn't have had the chance to commit this vandalism - a Labour Party divided and hampered by the hard left through the 1980s failed to win, and left the way open for this. But we must also accept that the Labour Party of more recent years hasn't been bold enough in reversing the Tory mess.
If Andy Burnham is to avoid a similar fate, he will need to establish a credible position on Trident that honestly reflects his scepticism around the utility of nuclear weapons and the damage our possessing them has on the credibility of the non-proliferation regime.
One's place at the table becomes contingent on this label regardless of its truth, and nuanced debate and argument to moderation both suffer when your credibility hinges on whether you are viewed as such a representative, as opposed to either the veracity of this claim, or indeed the merit of your arguments, which should be the sole criterion in an equal and meritocratic society.
It's no surprise that he's not in the most optimistic frame of mind. But when Labour's former leader spoke at Sandbag's relaunch a few weeks ago, his ...
Since 2012 I have referred two allegations made against former Prime Minister Edward Heath to the police. It is for the police to investigate and we need make sure they are given the space and time to do that. But it was alarming to learn on Monday that Wiltshire police is to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over allegations it dropped a criminal case in the 1990s because the suspect threatened to go public with allegations about Heath. That should concern us all. It is not the first time agencies of the state have been accused of failing to investigate claims made against members of Parliament or suppressing criminal inquiries into MPs.
Yes - of course Labour has a duty to oppose unfair measures... but to do this effectively, Labour has to be strong, Labour has to be united, and Burnham, in his abstaining, was trying to keep Labour strong and united - because those people need it to be.
Andy will rebuild the public's trust in Labour on key issues, such as immigration and the economy. And he will reverse the damage done over the last five years to that most fundamental of rights: access to justice for all.
Calls for reform of the House of Lords have been heard even more loudly that normal in the last ten days and the reason is fairly obvious. The current set-up comes nowhere close to being right for the 21st Century.