When Charles Kennedy passed away last year, he was universally and rightly praised for devoting his life to politics. The phrase "career politician" never came up. Is it so reprehensible to make sure a minister hits all his marks compared to being an MP in your 20s? Or a councillor, or any political job?
As I reflect on PMQs I can't help wondering what would happen if I ran one of my leadership meetings that way, with that lack of respect for another human, with that level of disdain for giving an actual answer and that level of bawdy, sneering, finger pointing. Hang on, it'd be like that other make-believe, pantomime view of the world; The Apprentice.
This is our moment, our chance and our time to make create a top class mental health system that can benifit all; through positive unified change. We can only do this together; so sticking on message I encourage all Members of parliament, party activists and councillors to call time on the tribal Political culture that surrounds our politics and come together to save lives, create hope and create a fighting chance for every person who so cruelly suffers from a mental illness
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.
Whilst our start was cordially disharmonious, perhaps me and Jeremy Corbyn can take this journey together. Me a new MP, him a new leader. Perhaps we will become less human, more Westminster suited and booted. I doubt either of us will go there willingly or quietly. But we will get closer to it everyday, because when you say what you actually, think and believe, it really hurts when it's dismissed, angrily dissected and ridiculed.
I always believed that Labour had lost it's fight because it had lost sight of it's purpose. I was wrong. The party machines remains acutely aware of that purposes, it just chooses to ignore it. The three mainstream candidates have united to show only too clearly that their fight is still within them, it is still bristling.
As someone who didn't enter Parliament via a traditional route, I've always believed in the importance of opening up the Westminster world to those who wouldn't normally be able to find a way in... Have you ever dreamed of working in politics but never had the chance? If so, this could be the opportunity you've been looking for.