Salami slicing. That phrase was used so often during the Labour Party conference earlier this week that, at one point, I wondered if I'd accidentally ended up at a cured meats festival. Sadly, that was not the case.
The first Labour Party conference under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership has to be considered a resounding success. In fact considering the circumstances in which it took place Corbyn and his shadow chancellor, John McDonell, played a blinder...
What unites the thousands of voices championing mental health and wellbeing from all corners of society is a recognition that, while some of us may be more at risk, poor mental health can affect us all.. For the new Shadow Minister for Mental Health, the great test will be in whether these voices can be aligned with Labour social and economic policy
Broadcasters seem to relish the opportunity to play the Robin Hood theme song whenever the Robin Hood Tax is in the news, as it has been over the past few days... So as City lobbyists are hastily dusting off their crib sheets on why we should oppose an FTT, it's worth tackling their main charges head on
We were promised fireworks and until the final day all we really got was sparklers. Labour is having a proper row over whether it should ditch the Trident nuclear weapons system after Jeremy Corbyn said he would never push the button. But until then, it was all going relatively well. Labour civil war? Not yet.
It is no secret that Jeremy Corbyn won the social media battle among his party leader challengers over the summer. Having appealed to a younger and more tech-savvy audience, Corbyn had a bigger social media presence and was even the source of several social media trends (such as #Jezwecan). But could this strong start on social media continue once he was in the top job?
If I were to be straight talking and honest I'd say the last five days were probably my fave times at party conference in last five years. It is gorgeous to be adored and it was really sunny. Jeremy must feel pretty warm and fuzzy if the way I feel is anything to go by. But and it is a big but... we need to draw a line under the love-in, stop talking to each other and start talking and listening to the non revolutionary non adoring sorts.
Dear Tom Watson... I was so heartened, like many, to see Labour's new leader Jeremy Corbyn call for a 'kinder politics'. However, given you're not so kind and frankly laughably hypocritical comments about the Liberal Democrats today, am I to assume this is the first Labour u-turn under yet another feckless leader?
Like most people I attended the Labour Party Conference in Brighton not really knowing what to expect. Would the mood feel like a celebration or a wake? What policy positions would emerge? And what would Jeremy Corbyn focus on in his first speech?
Apprenticeships are attracting a huge amounts of interest from across the political spectrum. We've come a long way from the days when Tony Blair is said to have joked that political interest in vocational education was such that he could make a declaration of war in a speech about skills and no-one would ever notice.
I decided enough pain was enough pain. I said goodbye to my fellow delegates from Guildford and slowly with careful movements entered a taxi home. I t was a great day and experience, overshadowed by pain. I will definitely be in Liverpool next year!
It doesn't matter if Jeremy Corbyn is elected as the Prime Minister or not in five years time. It's all about now. It's about strong opposition to the Tory myth of austerity, of bombing Syria, of the 'deficit'. It's about opening our eyes to the truth. The people will do the rest.
We should disregard the perverse arguments - made by some - that the ability to abuse and threaten others is a free speech matter and nothing should be done - because this issue is actually about the limiting of free speech.
Corbyn is seen by some as a hapless Life of Brian, an accidental leader riding a wave of euphoria as the People's Front of Judea go hammer and tongs with the Judean People's Front. Today, he made plain he was not the Messiah, stressing his self-effacement. Instead, he tried to shift from the personal to the political, making clear he was just one man in a larger movement.
Jeremy Corbyn's landslide 59.5% victory in winning the Labour leadership election in which his mandate was bigger than that of even Tony Blair's, has left the media and political establishment open-mouthed - both its right-wing Tory cheerleaders, and more 'serious' 'weightier' news media.
Labour has gained 62,000 new members, myself amongst them. To contextualise, that's more than the total membership of the Liberal Democrats. So, welcome to Brighton. Bring your unapologetically bad wardrobe, and your vision for a better tomorrow, and let's set out a roadmap to Number Ten.