Jon Ashworth

It's clear that just focusing on turnout will never be enough. In the marginal Tory-held seats, persuading non-voters to vote and vote Labour would clearly be a welcome step but statistically it would not change the result. The reality is without rebuilding a coalition and regaining the trust of ex-Labour voters who in recent elections moved to the Tories, the SNP and Ukip, we will not get out of the starting blocks in 2020.
The Tories have an appalling record when it comes to meeting their own targets and delivering on what they promise. For that reason, I was interested to read yesterday that one Government minister is finally waking up (and owning up) to the UK's huge trade problem.
Thursday's speech from George Osborne is nothing short of astounding. After five and a half years in charge of the UK's economy he's reaching for excuses to explain his own failure. And while he is right to warn how what is happening in China and the rest of the world could affect Britain, the truth is that he's been far too late to wake up to this threat... It is too little, too late for George Osborne to warn about the risks to our economic recovery, including those coming from China. Now is not the time for him to line up excuses for his own failure - if there is a cocktail of risks lined up for the British economy, it's one Osborne has helped to mix.
While in opposition David Cameron famously claimed that "sunlight is the best disinfectant". But as 2015 draws to a close this will go down as the year when the Prime Minister's commitment to open and transparent government was finally abandoned. As Parliament rose for Christmas recess the Tories slipped out no fewer than 36 ministerial statements and 424 reports and releases. And 'taking out the trash day', as this practice has come to be known, didn't fail to disappoint.
The Tories are attempting to steal progressive rhetoric but they can't escape the reality of their policies. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party will hold the Tories to account, stand up for the many and oppose their unfair cuts to tax credits. The only party of the common ground in British politics is the party that will truly stand up for working people. That's the Labour Party.
Now represented in Parliament by just a handful of white, middle-aged men the Lib Dems are becoming even more of an irrelevance in today's modern world... The party leader may have changed but you still can't trust the Lib Dems - they have lost all credibility for good.
In August 2007 the storm clouds that gathered ahead of the global financial crises came out of a clear blue sky. Eight years later, fixed on Greece we anxiously monitor the horizon for signs of another downturn but could we be facing the wrong way, with the hurricane coming from the east?
A second skeleton found by archaeologists searching for the remains of King Richard III could be that of a friary's female
If the bones found beneath a Leicestershire car park belong to King Richard III they will be buried in the city's cathedral
If remains unearthed in a car park are verified as those of King Richard III, they should be laid to rest at Leicester Cathedral