The progress on this front is slow but significant and there are many positive signs that we are moving towards an engaged and constructive dialogue on issues not to be taken lightly as the parliamentary vote on Swaziland's eligibility for the Economic Partnership Agreement nears. We will make every effort to sustain the momentum.
Labour has every chance of winning the next general election. But only if we are consistent and sensible with our policy positions. Only if we can prove that we once again deserve to be trusted to run the economy. I fear that in opposing the fiscal charter we have moved further away from this.
I feel that Labour should have used the debate to underline its support for the underlying principles behind the charter; the need for balanced books and to live within our means whilst demonstrating the failure of the Government's austerity programme to deliver this. By opposing the charter outright, Osborne was able to portray the Labour party as inconsistent and in denial of the economic challenges ahead.
This stunt from George Osborne should have been treated with disdain and not dignified with a vote for or against. In voting against Osborne's charter, the leadership of the Labour Party has charged, in the most chaotic way possible, into the Tory trap which was to reinforce the public's doubts about whether we could be trusted to manage the economy. Last night George Osborne achieved his objective.
Today in my first blog post on my new blog, I have waded publicly into the party debate over Momentum and what it means for the half million strong La...
It's very easy these days for journalists to seize on one hastily written tweet and justify their existence by writing rubbish about it. It's an easy way of filling space. One tweet gets all the attention instead of the hours, days and months that a person spends doing actual things.
Benefits claimants are not some woman with seven kids pushing a pram while smoking a fag. Benefits claimants are not toothless young men sat in their pants playing Grand Theft Auto. They look like me, they look like your dad, they look like your nan.
The Environment Secretary has failed to act. Her silence is a complete abdication of responsibility. She should be leading an urgent, cross-Departmental response to bring air pollution down to safe levels. Re-doing the consultation and making genuine efforts to engage on air quality must be the first step, for which she will have Labour's full support.
Tonight's vote on the Government's Charter for Budget Responsibility should have been a rare bipartisan moment for the Conservatives and Labour to come together for the good of the economy and the country. A mere two weeks ago, it looked like it would be.
This a Bill which will have a direct impact on the wellbeing of young children, where Ministers have failed in their promise, previously forced on them by Peers, to provide the essential details of how it will all work. That I'm afraid amounts to a dereliction of duty.
I am by nature an optimist. When I visited Palestine recently with a cross-party group of MPs, I went with the hope that the two-state solution was still a possibility, but now I'm not so sure...
In a modern economy a lot of productivity improvements which are needed for growth come from intelligent public interventions and spending. Osborne is wrong to think of public spending as inherently a burden on business.
The Tories are attempting to steal progressive rhetoric but they can't escape the reality of their policies. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party will hold the Tories to account, stand up for the many and oppose their unfair cuts to tax credits. The only party of the common ground in British politics is the party that will truly stand up for working people. That's the Labour Party.
The sad truth is that for thousands of people with mental health issues in the UK, there is no dignity. They face services stretched to breaking point and a system which seems labyrinthine and unnavigable.
I have heard many disturbing and harrowing accounts of child abuse since I asked that question in the House of Commons. It is impossible not to become deeply upset and angry when listening to them. When the death of Leon Brittan was announced, I worried that the justice system would no longer take its course and that the allegations would never be thoroughly investigated... The choice facing anyone who is presented with testimony of this kind is whether to pass it on to the authorities and urge them to investigate or to ignore it. I chose the first option. I felt it was my duty to do so.
We will have to fight tooth and nail to ensure that the British public vote "Yes" on referendum day and that Britain is not left isolated from Europe and the world. We should put our values into action by ensuring that we achieve more through our common endeavour than alone. I hope you will join us and get involved.