Let's forget about the 'life stories' of our potential leaders, and let's not criticise (or laud) them for the jobs they did before entering politics. Let's instead judge them on more basic criteria: are they capable, are they trustworthy, what do they believe in? What do they stand for? And can they actually lead effectively?
Corbyn is best equipped to heal the divisions within the UK because he understands the working-class and is prioritising fairer working conditions, stimulation of the economy and improving public services over tax-breaks for business big-wigs or scapegoating immigrants.
As the Labour Party is continues its total meltdown that rivals any Shonda Rhimes production (actually, at this point I think it outdoes Rhimes), many...
For almost three decades, Simms has tormented Marie McCourt, now 72, by refusing to reveal what happened to her daughter's body. Despite this brutal act of callousness and lack of remorse, Simms could soon be released from jail. This is a horrible injustice. Killers who visit this kind of suffering on their victims' families should not be released on parole.
Corbyn simply embodies a Labour Party which, to them, is finally doing what a left-wing party ought to do. Perhaps some less ideologically-driven Labour members will have peeled off from Corbyn simply in the hope of ending the chaos. But in Salford on Saturday, Corbynmania was alive and well.
Labour is now paying for its own silence. It let the anti-migrant narrative go unchecked and, in doing so, it gave ground to the xenophobic factions within the Conservatives and Ukip. With the premiership of Theresa May, the stakes are much higher.
Yes, Jeremy Corbyn's leadership has had his detractors from day one - including some whose sniping from the start has been as self-indulgent as it has been destructive. But take a look at what people like Lilian Greenwood, Lou Haigh, Paul Blomfield and Lis McInness have been writing. These kinds of people are as far away from right-wing plots and conspiracies as you could get... And as for me being some kind of Blairite lackey, try telling that to Tony Blair himself.
Essentially, when attempting to appeal to female voters maybe Smith and others would do well to reflect on the wise words of Jo March, that women vote not because we are women 'but because we are human beings'. Consider whether you think your policies and slogans would appeal to people and that will help you determine if it will appeal to women.
If Theresa May is serious about her promise of the UK remaining an "outward-looking and globally-minded and big-thinking country", it is vital that we continue to play a leading role in fighting corruption across the world. But we've had early warning signs that the Government's previous commitment to tackling corruption might be on the wane.
The health of children should be a priority for any Government as a moral duty, but also for the very practical reason that the savings made by cutting their care will be eclipsed by the multiplied costs of caring for them in adulthood. In the face of this crisis, the government as part of its wider budget reductions, has made its biggest cuts to local public health, which includes local health visitors, child obesity programmes and school nurses. This is not only wrong-headed, but a scandalous false economy.
The security services have an important job to do keeping us safe and they carry it out with distinction but many of us question whether mass surveillance and state snooping is a price worth paying. Judicial oversight is essential if we are to maintain the right balance between civil liberties and state power. I hope the new Prime Minister will reflect on this. Strong leaders are capable of recognising they made mistakes in the past and taking steps to rectify them.
On the last day before the summer recess, buried in a deluge of government announcements, today Jeremy Hunt has snuck out an announcement that the NHS bursary will be scrapped for students seeking to begin study in 2017/18. This is a complete disgrace and shows that the cynical and underhand tactics used under the last Prime Minister will continue under Theresa May.
As someone who left school at the age of 16 and never had the benefit of a university education, I want my children - all children - to have that opportunity. To be able to decide what is best for them. Our young people must be given the chance to soar. But too many of the brightest and the best are being consigned to second best.
Labour party members in West London hoping to show their support for Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership contest have been prevented from meeting by a num...
In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, it is time that Parliament gave government new powers to intervene in strategically-significant takeovers when it is in the public interest. The present legislation allows intervention only in matters relating to national security or media concentration.
Labour may have lost touch with its roots under Blair, but under Corbyn it is losing touch with reality. Polling performance under Corbyn has been abysmal, especially given the divisions in the Conservative Party and Cameron's poor performance.