The jobs, services and innovation of small businesses puts them at the heart of Labour values

Small Business Saturday, now in its fourth year, remains one of the things I am most proud of from my time leading Labour’s Shadow Business team. I first learned about Small Business Saturday in 2012 whilst scrolling through Twitter on a bus in my constituency. I noticed Serena Williams, Jessica Alba, and other public figures in the US, tweeting about the day and encouraging their followers to go out and support a local small business.  Continue reading

Rushing into Brexit would be a disaster - doing something right is more important than doing it quickly

On June 23, a majority of Britons told us we should leave the EU. And we will. The people have made their decision and now politicians must focus on getting the best deal in the upcoming negotiations with the EU. Continue reading

Freedom Of Movement Brings Britain Many Benefits - But We Must Find A Way To Engage With The Challenges It Poses

The country voted to leave the European Union on 23rd June, exposing deep divisions. But in spite of the multifaceted nature of the result, the Prime Minister has extrapolated one message. In her Conservative Party conference speech she juxtaposed the 17million who voted to leave against a liberal elite who wanted to remain. In so doing she dismissed 16million of our citizens who voted to remain. Continue reading

How Labour becomes relevant and future-facing once again

The contest is over, the result was decisive and the question of the Labour leadership is settled. So Jeremy Corbyn is right to move things on and put the Labour party on a general election footing, given that this may well come next May or sooner.  Continue reading

Now is not the time to walk off the field

Keir Hardie and the founders of the Labour Party were clear 116 years ago that the goal was to implement Labour’s values in office.  Clause 1 of our constitution leaves no room for doubt when it says our purpose is “to organise and maintain in Parliament and in the country a political Labour Party…to promote the election of Labour Party representatives at all levels of the democratic process.”  Continue reading

Female Genital Mutilation: Abuse Unchecked

Today’s Home Affairs Select Committee report on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is an update on our committee’s previous work, continuing our scrutiny of the government’s commitment to tackle this important issue. Continue reading

Stand up for EU citizens

Our amazing capital city is home to people from all backgrounds and walks of life. That’s part of what gives London its strength, energy and dynamism. Citizens of other European countries contribute so much to London. 57,000 work in our NHS. Indeed, one in every ten registered doctors in our country is a citizen of an EU country. European students bring expertise and funding to our universities. Continue reading

Remainers still have a vital role to play

As a passionate supporter of British membership of the EU, I was deeply disappointed by the vote in the referendum for Britain to leave. But pro-Europeans must not, after a narrow defeat, simply cede the field to our opponents and cease to engage with the debate about the UK and Europe. Continue reading

Hold the Tory ‘Leavers’ to account for their promises

The result of the European Union referendum was devastating for everyone who passionately believes that Britain is stronger, safer and better off as part of the EU. I know that the vast majority of us in the Labour family feel deeply disappointed. But we should be proud that we fought the good fight in making a principled and distinctively Labour case for Britain's place in Europe. Continue reading

How I'll hold the Brexiters to account

The Vote Leave campaign was without doubt the most cynical, opportunistic and dishonest political operation of my lifetime. The sickly concoction of invented statistics, warped facts and impossible promises was enough to make anyone feel queasy. Tragically, they won the referendum. But all that means is that pro-Europeans should redouble their efforts to hold these Leavers to account. Continue reading