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.
When people with any level of responsibility are accused of a serious crime or activities that offend common decency, the normal procedure in the UK is for them to be suspended from their job pending an investigation.
If you'd listened to the Queen's Speech, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the government's agenda for the next year isn't going to have a big impact on children. But changes to immigration, anti-social behaviour measures and the care system will all make a real difference - both positive and negative - to some of the most vulnerable children in the UK
Over the last session of parliament we have seen a remarkably thin legislative agenda from the government. Swathes of parliamentary time have been left unfilled and the bills that they did produce have been chaotic, badly drafted and badly managed. I have calculated that since the last Queen's speech, the government have u-turned on average once every seven sitting days. If No10 briefing is accurate, they are u-turning on this Queen's Speech before it's even been delivered by dropping minimum alcohol pricing, plain cigarette packaging and their register of lobbying interests.
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Much has been made of people downloading the Wizard of Oz song Ding Dong the Witch is Dead and turning it into a hit. This created a surreal difficulty for the BBC.