We are a party that believes that Britain can and does benefit from skilled workers. That's why we want a points based system so we can still have the brightest and the best, we embrace that and wouldn't ever change it.
Far from keeping us secure, events like this only strengthen the UK's ties to brutal dictatorships and entrench the government's role as a global arms seller. Furthermore, they undermine the UK's political credibility on human rights and strengthen the position of repressive regimes.
As with other controlled substances like alcohol and tobacco, cannabis could also be taxed. With the NHS currently struggling, wouldn't this be an obvious solution and hopefully avoid the greedy grasp of privatisation?
After six years, the picture for the arts is still gloomy. Further funding cuts are coming. The cost of higher education is now dauntingly high. The recent Warwick Report suggests that the arts are not catered for by government agencies, and that arts education is steadily being marginalised.
When trust in politicians is at an all-time low, we should take comfort in the fact that the parties worked together to keep a promise that featured in each of their manifestos in 2010. As we approach the end of this parliament, we have seen politicians put aside their differences to agree what kind of country they want to build in the next. And I for one want to say thank you.
I have heard both Miliband and Cameron talk of stopping the day to day political meddling in the affairs of the health service, in Miliband's case this was shortly before he decided instead to 'weaponise' it, but neither of the main parties has ever taken a serious step towards this end.
Politics is a game and we the British people are losing.
This is not an impossible dream. About 70 countries have proportionally more women in their Parliaments than the UK. It can be done, we only need 177 more female MPs from a population of 32 million women. We don't want our daughters and granddaughters to be fighting the same old battle for fair representation.
It is National Apprenticeship Week this week (9-13 March) and for the Institute of Leadership & Management, the fate of management apprenticeships is a key topic of conversation due to the limitations on funding.
I would say most people oppose cruelty to animals. But I reckon the vast majority consider humans and animals to have very different rights.
In 2008, while sitting in opposition at the House of Commons, Tory leader David Cameron goaded then prime minister Gordon Brown about an unwillingness to agree to pre-election television debates.
Downing Street has finally come clean over the TV debates. They've admitted that David Cameron only ever had one target audience: his backbenchers. And everyone else including Joe Public and the media can just go swivel. No way is he getting out of bed for them because he's scared.
If they choose to align with Labour, party leaders will be sending a clear message to Scottish constituencies that the change they keep voting for will never truly come. Other parties will rise in the wake of that lost mandate, and Nicola Sturgeon's grip on power will diminish.
Every patient has a responsibility to safeguard their own health. There are a million ways to find out how to do this, but the NHS cannot enforce healthy living. Ultimately it is the responsibility of each individual. Ignoring the advice on weight, alcohol, smoking, and exercise is no longer an option. In order to continue providing a basic service, tough funding decisions have to be made. It is not only a small group of patients - drug users, alcoholics, whoever you deem it to be - who drain NHS resources; it is all of us by our actions every day.
Some correspondents were concerned about my ministerial team, worried that the 50:50 gender split I had just announced had seen some women promoted beyond their capability. How can you be sure, some wondered, that the female cabinet secretaries are up to the job? Interestingly, none of the correspondence asked me whether the men installed in Cabinet posts were good enough.
Here in Britain too, progress has been too slow. A hundred years on the pay gap is still far too wide, violence towards young women is increasing, and women are being harder hit by this government's policies. That's why International Womens Day matters more than ever. And here in Britain, its also why women need to be at the heart of our politics and the General Election.