On behalf of all students, I would like to thank the College for organising this fun-filled event and getting more people aware and involved, and after only using the word 'catalyst' four times in this post, I sincerely hope you still get the picture.
Some 95,000 children and teenagers in Europe as part of the refugee crisis are alone with no one to look after them. Alf Dubs amendment - which had overwhelming cross party support in the House of Lords - asks Britain to take just 3,000 of those children, so we do our bit to help. Because urgent help is needed. Thousands are sleeping rough because children's homes are full and child protection services are overwhelmed. They face huge risk from cold, sickness, abuse, exploitation, violence and rape.
Behind all the sugary headlines the news is grim. After six years of the Tories, our economy is far weaker than they claimed, public services will be cut some more, inequality is getting worse. And once again women are being harder hit. George Osborne's plan is failing to meet his own targets, failing to deliver for Britain and he's making women pay the price.
We are facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. It is not enough to dabble at the edges and bury our heads in the sand in the hope that someone else will step in. Leaders across Europe, including our own Prime Minister, must step up and take responsibility - strengthening border checks, tackling people smugglers and playing our part to offer sanctuary to desperate people fleeing violence, war and conflict. If Europe fails to act now, the crisis will get worse.
Isis want to be the caliphate - the crusading home for Muslims fleeing the injustice of the West. Instead the opposite is happening. Europe is providing safe haven to Muslims persecuted by Isis brutality... This is a battle against totalitarianism, a battle for our values, and a battle for hearts and minds. Isis seeks to cow us and to divide us. Each time extremists have tried before to spread fear and hatred in Europe, they have failed and our continent has stood firm. We need to stand firm once again - that means supporting security, solidarity and sanctuary too.
Visiting Lesbos last week, where 9,000 people have been arriving each day, I saw families in dreadful humanitarian conditions. Since then, as the weather has deteriorated, it has got worse. Aid workers told me the humanitarian response was worse than in other international crises they had worked on exactly because it was happening in Europe, and the aid, organisation and mandates they have drawn in elsewhere do not apply. We cannot allow this to happen.
Ministerial stability is important: it allows ministers to build up experience and maintain focus. The same could be said for Opposition frontbenchers...
I make no bones about the fact that I didn't vote for Corbyn. I was and remain a huge admirer of the other candidates, in particular Liz Kendall who was spot on about some of the reasons we lost in the General Election, and Yvette Cooper who I ended up campaigning for, and who grows in stature every week as a leader and inspiration
So if you're undecided in these final few hours, I encourage you to support Andy Burnham - the candidate who gives us the best chance of winning the 2020 election with a programme that is true to our Labour values.
Labour is a crumbling old corner of the temple of British government and we're going to have to rebuild it completely, not just redecorate. So, for now, instead of sending in Burnham or Cooper with the vacuum cleaners and window dressing, let's just chuck the Corbyn grenade into the middle of it, and see what he can set alight.
The race has been transformed in the last ten days. Members hold the balance of power. It's a two horse race - and overwhelmingly both Liz and Andy supporters have Yvette as their second preference. That's why I think Yvette is going to win.
Yvette is best placed to counter the Tory government. It is well known that David Cameron has a "woman problem", and his replacement is likely to be another old Etonian like Boris who will be rattled by Yvette's forensic style.
A concerted march against Jeremy Corbyn's candidacy for leader of Labour is in full stride across the political spectrum. Right and left, neoliberal a...
In response to the probably unnecessary furore about a statement Jeremy didn't actually say, his official campaign Twitter said this, "Jeremy has opened a debate on street harassment that is otherwise ignored." Well thank you so much Mr Corbyn. I must have imagined the stellar work by the @everydaysexism team for the past however many years. Or the local Hollaback campaigns in both London and Birmingham. I must have dreamed the Labour Women's Safety Commission meetings organised by Yvette Cooper. A lovely dream were I went to lots of local and national consultations with all of the founders of those campaigns and many other women's groups.
Are Cooper and Kendall the only women in this country who have never felt a hand creep onto their waist on the tube? Who've never had an erection launched into their lower back during rush hour? Who've never had a broom handle shoved up between their legs as they ascended the stairs at Tottenham Court Road?
Every Labour Party member is currently drowning in a sea of paper. Some have suffered only minor paper cuts; others haven't been so lucky. I have received roughly 23 letters since I wrote the previous sentence. My postman has suffered a nervous breakdown. Enough is enough.