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Brexiters Said We Needed Our Sovereignty Back - That's Why Parliament Must Vote on Article 50

(23) Comments | Posted July 12, 2016 | 7:00 PM

On Monday I asked an Urgent Question in the House of Commons. That means that the Speaker decided the issue I wanted to raise was important enough to summon a Minister to the House to give an explanation.

I asked whether the government will give Parliament the chance to...

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Setting Out a New Agenda to Tackle Inequality: A Response to Mike Savage's Social Class in the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 11:58 AM

In 2013, Professor Mike Savage's Great British Class Survey revealed the seven social classes that make up modern Britain (remember taking this quiz?) Today, I'll be giving a lecture at the LSE looking at the political implications of his book on the topic.

His work tells us how...

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Boris Is Right - Up to a Point

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 6:18 AM

Boris Johnson wrote that Britain should look at Denmark's example of not allowing foreigners to buy houses.

In 1985, I was the UK's representative in the EU's negotiations on the excitingly titled Capital Movement's Directive and I had to come to London and explain that I'd conceded this point...

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Why I Will Be Arguing Against the Fiscal Charter on Wednesday

(3) Comments | Posted October 11, 2015 | 7:00 PM

This week the Chancellor will ask Parliament to vote for his Fiscal Charter - the proposal to entrench in law aiming for a Budget surplus "in normal times".

As a member of the Treasury Select Committee I quizzed a range of economists on this idea. Not one, not even...

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Why, as a Parent, I'm Backing Yvette Cooper as Labour's Next Leader

(7) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 11:58 AM

I know that it can sometimes seem like politicians aren't 'real' people. But, believe me, we are.

Much more important to me than being an MP and shadow minister is that I am a mum. I have two children and although they are both grown-up (supposedly), once a mum,...

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We Are Haemorrhaging Britain's National Treasures

(9) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 7:00 PM

What do a ring belonging to Jane Austen, a Rembrandt painting, and a Bentley Blower racing car have in common? Well, all of them are part of our national historic cultural inheritance that are at risk of being sold overseas. Britain is facing a worrying trend. Art exports rose to...

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Building One Digital Nation

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 6:30 AM

The Queen's Speech this week said that the Government would "continue to invest in infrastructure".

However, the fact is that the previous Labour Government had a target of ensuring that everybody had two megabits per second by 2012. The Conservative-led Government abandoned that target and probably will not achieve it...

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This International Women's Day We Have a Right to Ask When Will Women Be Safe?

(9) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 6:00 PM

The Government estimates that last year 85,000 women were raped or sexually assaulted in the UK. A horrific statistic. During my adult life, women have made great progress in many respects. We have made progress at work, in education and public services, and in pensions and child care, but we...

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The Bedroom Tax Will Drive Up Food Poverty in the UK

(81) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 6:14 AM

When my constituents started writing to me with their fears about the impact of the 'bedroom tax' I was shocked. So on 18 February I started living on a food budget of £18 a week and video-blogging about it each day. This is the amount some of my...

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4G Fiasco

(3) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 5:02 AM

On 20 February Ofcom announced the identities of the four companies who had won 4G spectrum licences in the auction which was being held to sell them. But the real surprise wasn't the identities of the winning bidders; it was the amount which Ofcom said that the 4G licences had...

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The Government's Work Capability Test Is Truly Shocking

(46) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 10:47 AM

Last week I made a speech in Parliament raising awareness about this government's cruel and demeaning system for testing those who are living on Incapacity Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). There are 5000 people affected by this new Work Capability Assessment in my constituency and millions more across...

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Does Our Media Set Girls Up to Fail?

(15) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 6:00 PM

The is what one of the school girls I met recently said to me at a focus group about Body image. In my role as Shadow Media Minister I have been speaking with young girls to find out how they feel about pressures from the media.

Body dissatisfaction amongst...

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DCMS - Frivolous or Fundamental?

(4) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Rumours about the imminent demise of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) continue to circulate in Whitehall and Westminster. Such gossip tends to turn to speculation about where its component parts - culture, media and sport might go. The creative industries and new technologies might go to BIS...

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The Cuts in the North East are Deeper Than in Spain

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 8:00 AM

One hundred years ago the North East of England was the main driver of economic development not just in Great Britain but across the British Empire. Today it is still the most successful regional exporter in Britain outside London - it has the largest car plant in Europe, the largest...

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This Should Have Been the Year When Azerbaijan Stepped Forward and Opened Up

(4) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 5:32 AM

At the start of November I visited Azerbaijan for the first time. I was there to attend the UN Internet Governance Forum which was being held in Baku.

The internet is one of the freest means of communication - instrumental in facilitating recent political uprising during the Arab spring. Unfortunately...

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