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Jon Ashworth is the Labour MP for Leicester South and an Opposition Whip

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The Lesson From the Beckett Report? Labour Needs to Reach Out to Ex-Labour Voters Again

(22) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 7:41 AM

Margaret Beckett has now published her inquest into what went wrong for Labour in 2015. It's sobering reading - the Tories share of the vote grew more than ours and we were comprehensively out-performed in most of the key marginal seats. The Beckett Report must be studied carefully by all...

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Is the Government Finally Waking Up to Britain's Huge Trade Problem?

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 11:52 AM

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.

While Mark Carney spoke...

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It's Time for the Chancellor to Accept Responsibility for the Economic Crisis That Has Developed on His Watch

(58) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 7:00 PM

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...

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The Tories Are Governing From the Shadows and This Week's Information Dump Proves It

(36) Comments | Posted December 20, 2015 | 8:56 AM

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...

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Despite Their Rhetoric We Won't Let the Tories Escape Reality

(38) Comments | Posted October 10, 2015 | 8:00 PM

David Cameron may have used his Conference speech this week to try and redefine his leadership but it's clear that in the minds of many of his cabinet colleagues his time as leader is all but over.

The Prime Minister's confirmation that he'll quit before the next General Election gave...

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You Still Can't Trust the Lib Dems

(34) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 8:00 PM

Almost a year ago Nick Clegg, then Deputy Prime Minister, addressed his Party's Annual Conference and attempted to justify - again - his decision to prop up a Tory-led Government.

He told his supporters that "political parties must show by doing" and that "our promise of more must be built...

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Is Osborne Complacent on China?

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 8:00 PM

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...

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I Hope Theresa May Is Listening to Vince Cable on Visa Bonds

(24) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 8:00 PM

For the last two months I've been campaigning against this Tory-led Government's £3,000 visitor visa bond proposal. It seems I have an ally in my efforts as Vince Cable this morning rightly raised his concerns telling the Today Programme: "I mean certainly the reaction to it from our friends in...

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My Vaisakhi Sewa

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 4:52 PM

This year, on 13 April, nearly half a million Sikhs in the United Kingdom celebrated Vaisakhi, the most important day in the Sikh calendar. It was on 13 April 1699 that the tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh, laid down the foundations for the Khalsa movement - a collective body of...

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A State Funeral for Richard III?

(30) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 7:00 PM

So we have received the news that Richard III fans have been waiting for. The skeletal remains found last year in Greyfriars car park in my Leicester South constituency are indeed those of Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England.

It was a truly historic day for the city...

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No One Deserves to Go Hungry

(6) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 12:42 PM

Imagine if, this evening, the entire population of the United States, Canada, Australia, Britain and the rest of Europe were going to bed hungry. And not just tonight, but one week after another. There would be media outrage and people in the streets. Every international meeting, every Prime Minister's Questions,...

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We Can't Keep Ignoring Burma's Rohingya People

(5) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 10:09 AM

Burma's Rohingya people have been subjected to devastating sectarian violence with homes destroyed, families displaces and many killed. In response the Burmese government failed to end the cycles of violence and indeed arguably perpetuated it. And last month witnessed a new wave of violence in the Rakhine State in Burma.

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Why the UK Government Must Take a Firm Stance on the Rights of the Rohingya

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 1:54 PM

This week I secured a debate in Westminster Hall on the plight of the Rohingya communities in Burma. This past summer over of the course of several weeks, horrific and ugly sectarian violence broke about between the majority Buddhist Rakhine community and the minority muslim Rohingya community in the Rakhine...

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Why I Spent a Day Fasting This Ramadan and What I Learnt

(65) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 5:14 AM

Over 3000 Muslim athletes competed in the Olympics earlier this summer and at the same time it was Ramadan. Like thousands of my constituents in Leicester, many of those athletes will have observed the fast.

With this in mind this year I wanted to make an effort to appreciate Ramadan...

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