At present, many of our Local Authorities are in the strange position of being legally required to do something that they cannot do, and no one seems to mind, not least the Ministers with whom I have raised this matter. It all seems to a step too far for Government. After all, they don't have to suffer the misery of poor housing personally.
Accusations that the Labour Party has moved away from socialism are not new. However many thought that 'Red' Ed Miliband, son of Marxist writer Ralph, would take his party back to the Left. However, there were fears that the heavy New Labour presence within the party would halt this.
The No More Page 3 campaign is gathering pace at an extraordinary rate. It is in the right place at the right time. Public concern over easy access to sexualised imagery, and the influence of this on the psychology of children, has never been higher.
As we have taken this year's Bill through its Committee stages, Labour has presented the Government with repeated opportunities to put its money where its mouth is and turn tough talk on tax avoidance into real action, now.
The cornerstone to any genuine banking reform has to be an overhaul of the regulatory environment. Responsibility for the banks may ultimately lay with its senior management but do you think they really care? The evidence over the past few years suggests otherwise - it's take the money and run. You want bankers to change? You've got to make them.
How welcome it was to hear Tuesday's Westminster Hall debate on unpaid internships. Hazel Blears, who led the debate, hit the nail on the head: "long-term unpaid internships, wherever the intern lives, are wrong." Let's hope the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) takes note.
The most immediate question, of course, is: how much of the report will be implemented? The sweeping nature of the proposals, across criminal sanctions, accountability, remuneration, competition, governance and regulation means that even doing half of it would be a serious legislative undertaking.
While there are some elements in the new bill that would improve how anti-social behaviour is tackled, The Children's Society is very disappointed that the government has in fact worsened anti-social behaviour measures for children. We fear that the measures could seriously affect the way children go about living their everyday lives.
On Monday, there will be a vote on an amendment to the Children & Families Bill to include Sex & Relationship Education in the national curriculum. If the amendment is carried, it will go into the bill. Why is it so important?
Don't we expect them to work full time anyway at being an MP? If they find they have spare time enough for other work is this not a sign that they should be working harder to serve their constituents and the nation as a whole?
Don't get me wrong - the EU does know this isn't right. We've had sanctions against Belarus for the last few years. But the irony is that the sanctions aren't working - not just on Belarus, but on our own companies.
The Speaker was within his parliamentary and moral right to speak and make the comments he made and in the context he made them. We should praise his courage and leadership in being truthful about issues that are unpopular.
The craziness of the last few days has been remarkable. The media pose as lobbyists. A gaggle of MPs appear to break Parliament's own rules. They do so on camera. And the result? Politicians call for the urgent regulation of lobbyists. Lobbyists. Not politicians - lobbyists.
My Lords Spiritual and Temporal, In a few days, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will receive its second reading in the House of Lords, signalling the bill's progression through the parliamentary process. With that in mind, I have a favour to ask of you. Give it your approval.
Why would MI5 and MI6 retain the services of someone so dangerous given the overwhelming evidence of his centrality to violent radicalisation? Is MI5, through Al Muhajiroun, hatching many of the plots it lays claim to successfully foiling?
This group of zealots was quick to exploit the murder, in Woolwich, of soldier Lee Rigby. They enthusiastically took to the internet and streets to press home their discourse of division. I am, of course, referring to the English Defence League.