The recent statements by Boris Johnson and No.10 regarding Dominic Cummings’ trip to Durham have raised more questions than they’ve answered. There needs to be a proper independent investigation to get answers to these questions, rather than a trial by media. The lack of an independent investigation should not stop us from getting answers toContinue reading “10 Questions that Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings must answer”
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Updated: How do you solve a problem like Dominic Cummings?
Dominic Cummings is never far from controversy. Revelations that he and his wife made the 264-mile journey from London to Durham with their son in late March have led to calls for his resignation for breaching government guidelines and legislation on the lockdown. It is easy to call for resignations but it is important thatContinue reading “Updated: How do you solve a problem like Dominic Cummings?”
Open Labour National Committee elections – Why I am standing and what I stand for
It can be hard after 10 years of Tory rule but we need to keep dreaming that we can do better. We need to keep dreaming big and work to make our dreams a reality. I am standing for the Open Labour National Committee because I want to contribute to that work. Over the lastContinue reading “Open Labour National Committee elections – Why I am standing and what I stand for”
SAGE to make recommendations on face covering in public on Tuesday
Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s chief Scientific Officer, has confirmed that the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) should be making recommendations on Tuesday about the wearing of face coverings in public. More and more countries around the world are requiring or recommending that everyone wears face coverings in public. More details about this andContinue reading “SAGE to make recommendations on face covering in public on Tuesday”
The Government should make wearing face masks mandatory
Around the world, wearing a face mask in public has been made compulsory for everyone. This includes Maryland, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania states in the US, municipalities in France, Taiwan, Austria, the Czech Republic, Solvakia, Lombardy and parts of Germany. In many countries, wearing a mask is now recommended even if it isContinue reading “The Government should make wearing face masks mandatory”
The PM should offer a national unity government – and Labour should accept
I have written for LabourList on why we need a government of national unity. You can read the article here.
Why the coronavirus crisis could bring us closer together
I have written for Left Fot Forward on why we should use the experience of Coronavirus to build a closer-knit society. You can read the article here.
Proposed amendments to the Coronavirus Bill
On Monday, Parliament will consider the Coronavirus Bill as fast-track legislation, which the government is using with the aim of having all stages of the Bill dealt with by the Commons and the Lords on Monday. The Bill deals with a wide range of issues relating to Coronavirus, from registering health professionals more easily toContinue reading “Proposed amendments to the Coronavirus Bill”
We need Keir Starmer as Labour leader so he can fight for our human rights
Gavin Millar QC, who gave Keir Starmer his first legal job as a pupil barrister, said about him “Keir’s purpose when he became a lawyer was not to make a fortune, or to build a glorious reputation…His purpose was the same as all of us in that generation who had been radicalised by Margaret Thatcher.Continue reading “We need Keir Starmer as Labour leader so he can fight for our human rights”
A plan for decency in the Labour Party
Labour prided itself as a party of anti-racism, feminism and decency but this reputation has been tarnished in recent year. We need to take decisive action to ensure that decency prevails in the Labour Party, that we foster a culture of inclusion and respect, and drive antisemites, islamophobes, racists, misogynists, harassers, trolls and their ilkContinue reading “A plan for decency in the Labour Party”