Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect: We Cannot Wait Until Children Are Abused To Act

Last week, we submitted Labour's response to the Government's consultation on the introduction of mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect. Our position remains as stated in the 2015 Labour Manifesto - that we need a mandatory reporting duty. But the Government was wrong to frame a Duty to Report or a Duty to Act as a binary choice as they did in their consultation. We need both. 

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Respect for Shopworkers Week: USDAW's Freedom from Fear Campaign

You may not thank me for pointing this out, but Christmas is just 42 days away. So we all have another five weeks to plan our celebrations and watch those Christmas adverts on TV. As we do so, spare a thought for the shop workers for whom this is by far the busiest time of year, as well as the most stressful. 

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Scrap the Fee Update: Our Domestic Violence Campaign Reaches the House of Lords

A huge thank you to everyone who has signed our petition to scrap the fee for domestic violence victims, who are being charged as much as £175 for a legal aid letter from their GP. Yesterday, our campaign was discussed at the highest level in the UK, when Labour Lady Baroness Thornton raised the issue in the House of Lords. 

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Our Creative Industries Need a Voice at the Brexit Top Table

The creative industries are vital to the UK economy and they are likely to be even more pivotal after we leave the EU. So the fact Culture Secretary Karen Bradley is not a member of the Cabinet's main Brexit committee is deeply worrying. Over 1.9 million jobs in the UK are directly dependent on the creative industries and much of our cultural clout depends on them. So it's vital they have a voice at the top table. 

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The Prime Minister's Visit to India, the Amritsar Attack and the Questions Sikhs Would Like Her to Answer

The June 1984 attack on Sri Harmandir Sahib - popularly referred to as the Golden Temple complex - in Amritsar caused a legacy of pain and grief that Sikhs still feel profoundly today. So as Theresa May prepares to visit India this weekend it is vital she is open, honest and transparent about the role Margaret Thatcher's administration may have played in the months leading up to it and the terrible events that followed.

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Thrown to the Wolves

In 2011, Lord Justice Leveson began his inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British Press, in the wake of the phone hacking scandal. It’s been over 1324 days since all parties agreed to implement his recommendations in full. 

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People Power after Brexit

When this country took its decision to leave the EU, the deciding factor for many who voted Leave was the sense of powerlessness they feel over changes that are making their lives tougher. The speed of global change has had a dramatic effect. For too many people that change has been damaging, to jobs and to living standards. Whole communities feel abandoned and ignored. So when we were told that Brexit meant taking back control, many voted for it. 

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Celebrating Black History Month

Something I love about Black History Month is that there’s no single organisation responsible for it. There’s no parent body telling everyone what to do, or deciding who can join in.

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Petition: Reduce the Maximum Stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from £100 to £2

The Government has finally announced a Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures. Now this review has been announced, Theresa May must take immediate action to tackle the scourge of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. 

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The BBC: Often Criticised, Rarely Bettered (VIDEO)

I spoke in Parliament this week in a debate about the future of the BBC. As I said in my speech, the BBC is often criticised but rarely bettered. It is a national asset we should all treasure. You can watch a short clip of my closing remarks here. 

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