My statement on the events of today 18th Feb 2019

 

 

 

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The instant emotion I felt, when I heard the news this morning that colleagues were leaving Labour, was deep sadness.

I’ve devoted my life to this party and I’m proud to serve it, I am hugely disappointed about what has happened. This is a sad day for all of us. 

 

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Damn the Tory poachers

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Reasons to be angry

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Speech on fixing the distorted digital market

 

 

 

Hello thanks for having me today, and thanks to Progressive Centre UK, particularly Matthew Laza, for hosting this important event

 

 

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Sid Vicious, a beer shampoo, and a phone call with mum...

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Speech to the Advertising Association

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It’s a pleasure to be here with you today to contribute to your conference on trust, trade and transformation.

 

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A call to arms

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A nation to be proud of again

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A nation to be proud of again- my speech to the Fabian Society

We are cursed, I’m afraid, to live in interesting times.  

These are not, however, glorious times. 

 

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No Confidence in the Prime Minister

Yesterday, January 16, I was asked to make the closing speech on the motion of No Confidence in the Prime Minister.



You can watch the speech in full by clicking on the video above or read a transcript here.

 

Here's an extract...

"The Rt Hon Lady will be forever known as the 'nothing has changed Prime Minister'. But something must change. The truth is she is too set in her ways, too aloof to lead. She lacks the imagination and agility to bring people with her. She lacks the authority on the world stage to negotiate this deal. Ultimately she has failed.

It is not through a lack of effort. It is not through a lack of determination. And I think the country recognises that effort. In fact, the country feels sorry for the Prime Minister. I feel sorry for the Prime Minister. But she cannot confuse pity for political legitimacy, sympathy for sustainable support.

The evidence is clear. Everyone in this chamber, no matter which lobby they go through tonight, knows in their hearts this Prime Minister is not capable of getting a deal through. That is why we need something new. That is why we need a General Election."