Posted: Monday 26 Mar 2012
First published on Labour List
Regardless of what might be tomorrow’s in budget, Londoners already know that their city simply can’t afford another four years of a Tory mayor. Crippling cuts to essential services like police, and ever more expensive tube and bus fares, are not the purpose of City Hall. Ken Livingstone will reverse both. That’s why I’m supporting him wholeheartedly for the next Labour mayor of London.yor.
Posted: Monday 24 Jan 2011
Before Christmas, the UK courts struck down the coalition government’s temporary immigration cap. They did so on the basis that it was unfair, irrational and unworkable. The courts said what business and many other stakeholders have been saying for some time, that the use of an immigration cap on workers from outside the EU was a simply way of gaining some populist support from many who would like to see immigration of all kinds reduced. Of course, for those who want immigration reduced, the cap is a complete con. It works clumsily to affect the minority component of the UK’s inward immigration, while at the same time the biggest immigration numbers are still from the EU. The net result is a clumsy bar on those key workers needed to power the engine of any sophisticated economy.
Posted: Wednesday 15 Dec 2010
This month, a directive introducing for the first time legally binding sanctions and criminal penalties against human trafficking was approved by the European Parliament. I and other Labour MEPs voted for it, containing as it did proposals that have the potential to improve the situation of vulnerable people being exploited by human traffickers.
But the British government has opted out.
When considering this opt out, it’s important to consider everything that’s at stake. Even the most basic facts on human trafficking suffice to show how terrifying and endemic the problem truly is, and how in turn this opt out cannot stand.
Posted: Saturday 19 Jun 2010
It’s a peculiar part of the way the British establishment operates that every year the great and the good, and a range of elected politicians, are invited to meet the Queen in her garden at the back of Buckingham palace. It has always been a way of maintaining deference to the institutions of the monarchy, and appeals to many people for its traditional value.
As an MEP I am invited automatically to the garden party every year with one other ticket. Every year I’ve declined, apart from one visit to Buckingham Palace close to the time I was first elected.