We desperately need a government willing to tackle the stranglehold a few a have been allowed to wield over power and wealth, and use the resources gained from this to reduce inequality and halt climate change. We have no choice: we have to win these arguments, and we have to win them now.
In the heat of the EU referendum campaign leading Leave-supporting ministers (many of whom remain in Theresa May's post-Brexit cabinet) were categorical that regions like the North East would not be financially hit if the UK voted to leave the EU. It is looking ever more uncertain that England's poorer regions will receive their full allocation of funds.
Labour is now, after years of personality confusion, distinctive to the Tories. Fairness versus division. Investment versus cuts. On your side versus on your own. Now we need to stay united in what we stand for and behind our leader. Those who fail to read this new mood correctly must surely consider their consciences. Our duty as a party is to turn and fight with our every fibre for the best deal for the people we represent, not to wheedle and plot, to dissemble and deceive, to disunite our party and distract us from our purpose. That purpose is, unequivocally, to win power. And the purpose of that power is to make ours a better Britain.
This is why as we marked the occasion of Right to Know Day, I joined the protest outside this latest reading room in Brussels. It is totally inappropriate for private companies to control transparency in this way and to put their profits ahead of our right to information. We need to put the "freedom" back into "freedom of information." so that we know how our health and environment might be impacted. As policy makers we have a right to verify or challenge findings and to work for the public good.
As a nation we ask a lot of the countryside. It must feed us, attract tourists, be accessible for recreation and exercise, generate energy and store carbon. At the same time it must clean the air, provide an escape and inspiration, manage flood water, provide habitats for flora and fauna, and be a good place to live and work for rural communities. We ask all this and much more.
So, we just had an historic debate, the first ever with a woman presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the first non-traditional presidential nominee for the Republican Party - a businessman.
Nicolas Sarkozy's announcement on Wednesday that, if elected president of France in May 2017, he would give Britain a chance to reverse the Brexit vote, has raised eyebrows across the European Union. Can such a decision, democratically taken by the people of a sovereign member state of the EU, be overlooked? What's in it for Sarkozy?
The purge is systemic not accidental. Totalitarian not moderate. What has taken place in our party is so serious it cannot be simply swept under the carpet. We must have an inquiry into this scandal. Members deserve it.
We want a democracy that works for everyone: if we are to achieve this, then the principle of equal-seats, effectively restoring the principle of one-member one-vote, ending historic inequalities in our electoral map, must be delivered by a Conservative government.
On 23 June, in voting to leave the EU, the British electorate initiated a process of far-reaching, largely unpredictable change in Britain's constitutional, legal and commercial arrangements. The legislation that set up the referendum had failed to specify how its result should be handled or interpreted.
Labour started their conference by voting not to debate Brexit, and finished it with Jeremy Corbyn hardly mentioning it in his closing speech. Unfortunately it seems that on the biggest issue facing the country, Corbyn's Labour has thrown in the towel. Here was a quiet man turning down the volume, especially on Europe. Crucially, the Labour leader confirmed he won't fight for Britain's membership of the Single Market, which is vital for jobs and our economic future. Instead he called for "access" to the European market. But that could mean anything. The reality is that anything less than full membership of the Single Market, as the British car industry today made clear, would risk doing serious damage to jobs and our economy.
As the great American poet Langston Hughes put it: "I see that my own hands can make the world that's in my mind". Everyone here and every one of our hundreds of thousands of members has something to contribute to our cause. That way we will unite, build on our policies. Take our vision out to a country crying out for change. We are half a million of us, and there will be more, working together to make our country the place it could be. United we can shape the future and build a fairer Britain in a peaceful world.
Where do my family, and many like us, put our cross on polling day? The Liberal Democrats are now nothing more than a grumble in the gut of democracy and the Tories still smell a bit iffy. Whatever Jeremy Corbyn may now say about migrants, workers-rights or the economy, a thick, fibrous umbilical between British Indians and the Labour Party has been severed.
We look forward to working with Jeremy to ensure that the Labour Party is a welcoming place where Disabled People can get involved in political activity and influence the Labour Party's policies, ensuring that they are underpinned by the social model of disability.
Maybe, just maybe, our politics is more than that? Maybe people can recognise the difference between values and gamesmanship. It is clear to me that the reason the Labour moderates are failing to not only connect with the people of the country, but people in our own party, is they have abandoned the very principles for power.
The political class still haven't forgiven Bill. You can still see them having flashbacks when his name is mentioned. The crudity of the sex scandal that engulfed the White House during his presidency is all too vivid in their memories. The embarrassment, the humiliation that they felt as the world's media swarmed into Washington, holding their hands over their mouths to mask their giggles, still surfaces easily.
Clinton won the debate but she did not do as well as many would have hoped for. So, the upbeat reaction in the markets was perhaps a bit premature. Clinton will have to pick up her game quite a bit if she hopes to significantly improve her chances with the next two debates.