With appetite for this election seemingly so low, and with the outcome already near certain, the first thing we must do is view the present situation as an opportunity to renew the business of politics in the UK. GE2017 should be seen as nothing short of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to break out of the Labour-Tory duopoly that the nation has clearly outgrown.
Despite the government's changes, then, we still have a piece of proposed legislation which doesn't command the confidence of students and staff, and which represents a huge future risk to the taxpayer. Peers still have a chance to insist on stronger concessions and I hope they will do so today.
Second-guessing the composition of the post-election Parliamentary Labour Party, then, is more than just a parlour game. Indeed, it's no exaggeration to say that the question is an existential one.
Students need a life raft in the Brexit storm. They are being ignored in the negotiations, despite having the most to lose. Building a better future for young people is an absolute priority for the Green Party and today we committed to policies that will help us work towards an open, fairer society where everyone has the chance to succeed. The Green Party is the only party standing up for students and putting young people at the heart of its campaign.
Whichever political party triumphs in June, it is time to stop taking nursing staff for granted and start to appreciate the incredible work they do. The RCN is calling on all parties to step up and commit to the long-term funding that patients and services need.
The Labour Party has the right idea. Reward staff for their dedication and hard work, and everyone benefits. Ministers must stop relying on the goodwill of NHS staff, rethink their short-sighted wages policy and pay staff properly. Otherwise they'll keep on leaving for less stressful, better rewarded jobs elsewhere. And then we all suffer.
This is a time when we are driving more spending and decision making down to local level. Yet the evidence we have uncovered reveals an outdated culture which is holding local government back. It is ripe for change. In the summer our commission's final report will make recommendations to the political parties, councils, and central government so that we can begin to change the face of local politics.
It's high time Britain had a Government that will stand up for the interests of the overwhelming majority, rather than pandering to the cosy cabal in London composed of Tory politicians, land lords and useless bureaucrats.
It's time we established co-ops as a vital tool that all democratic political parties and movements should feel comfortable embracing. If we don't, the risk is that the UK co-op sector will continue to lag behind those in other developed countries and our ambitions for a more inclusive economy will be frustrated anew.
With the general election campaign kicking off YouGov has released its latest political favourability results. They contain good news for Theresa May and the Conservatives, but are grim reading for just about everyone else.
The 8th of May is a bank holiday in France. If you were a left-leaning voter, would you go vote for a 'banker', or would you go to the beach for the three day weekend? Those who are excited about their candidates turn out to vote. Le Pen, unfortunately, has a lot of excited supporters. Macron has a lot of 'anyone but Le Pen' supporters. Are you still feeling confident about a Macron win?
A disunited Kingdom, lying alone and forgotten on the edge of the Atlantic, may come to find that the special relationship with our American cousins is not so special after all.
It will take longer, reap humbler rewards and offer fewer headline opportunities. But such an approach will make justice about the people who are innocent as much as those who are guilty. Slavery, after all, doesn't end in the siren-lights of a police raid.
Today I have a heartfelt plea for you all - Save Motherhood, Save Childhood, Save Childcare - the most important manifesto points for the long-term future of our country... We are forcing women to choose between being a caregiver OR a breadwinner - Motherhood is a right, it is not an inconvenience...
On Saturday I tried to highlight these threats again and to show American climate scientists that their counterparts in the UK and around the world are shoulder to shoulder with them as they stand up for their profession.
The National Health Service, so valued by the people of Britain, is being brought to its knees by the present government. It is only kept going by the skill, dedication and exceptionally hard work of its staff at every level.
Most people cannot comprehend the magnitude of telling someone to remove a religious article of clothing. The burka is not just a piece of cloth. It is a part of an identity. Worn with the understanding of the creed and for the love of religion. There is a spiritual and emotional connection. By having a ban implemented, it will create further barriers preventing the interaction between the wider social group and stigmatising the minority.
With another General Election taking place in just a few weeks, politicians of all parties can no longer duck the crisis in the NHS. Funding, public health, patient safety, the crisis in general practice, the future of EU staff working in the NHS - these should be key election issues rather than pushed to the margins because of a narrow focus on Brexit. Consecutive governments have been in denial about the state of the NHS and when it comes to elections have chosen to use it as a political football. Our health and social care systems can no longer cope without urgent action.