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.
The recent decisions by the NEC regarding Labour's leadership election are unrepresentative of a party that draws its power from the swathes of people it represents. These decisions restrict access to a democratic process on one's ability to pay. This is not what the Labour party stands for.
Doubling down on divisiveness, Tom Watson has chosen to attack Unite and myself personally for our position on the unnecessary Labour leadership election which his manoeuvres, amongst others, have forced on the Party at a time of national crisis... Indeed, Tom was more than keen on Unite members' money in the days before he fell for the charms of Max Mosley's support. His complaints now are hypocritical, as well as ill-founded, and his attempt to divide our union will fall flat on its face.
My priority as Shadow Justice Secretary will be to put forward a credible plan for publicly funded legal advice which takes as its starting point the needs of our society. This will be the foundation upon which our Party delivers true access to justice for all.
Like a lot of people (at least 99,999 others apparently) I recently joined the Labour Party. It's something I've toyed with for a long time and (gasp)...
In a country where complete political turmoil is a daily occurrence, we need a strong Labour party for those who voices struggled to be heard. We especially need the Labour party together. Therefore, I am voting for Owen Smith and hope everyone else does so we keep an united, strong, pragmatic Labour party for those who need it the most.
The PLP have made their position clear on Corbyn, with 80% demonstrating no confidence in him. The question is, if the Labour membership returns him as leader, then there can be no future for a Corbyn-led Parliamentary Party and to save the ideals of the constitution the PLP must be open to all options, no matter how hard they may seem.
Last year, Labour members voted overwhelmingly to elect Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the party. The unexpected election of an avowed socialist followed two decades of the neoliberal New Labour project. From the heartlands to the backbenches, many expressed their dismay that the project had embodied the wrong ideals. Was power without principle worth having?
We can close our eyes to these probabilities now, safe in the knowledge that a 1980s-style polarised debate between unilateralists and multilateralists can only benefit the Conservative Party. But those with any genuine concern for the national security of this country must look beyond such tempting gains and see the underlying threats before we face far more painful choices later in the programme.
The principles of democracy - of solidarity, tolerance and respect - are what our trade unions and the Labour party are built on. They are Jeremy's principles. They drive the policies that inspired 250,000 people to elect him by a landslide just 10 months ago. And I hope and believe they will again.