Scotland’s rising star

  Mhairi Black, Scottish National Party MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, tells Marcus Papadopoulos how her path to Westminster began and her opinion of the House of Commons     At the start of this year, Scotland’s political map was red. Voting Labour in Scotland had been second nature to many Scottish people for […]

A humanitarian crisis the UK cannot ignore

A humanitarian crisis the UK cannot ignore

    Greg Mulholland, Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West  The current refugee crisis has been described as the worst refugee crisis since the end of the Second World War. As a leading player on the world stage, the UK should be at the forefront of Europe’s response to this crisis, using our past experience and expertise of […]

The misery of wild animals in circuses

The misery of wild animals in circuses

    Jim Fitzpatrick, a vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare and Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse   During the passage of the Animal Welfare Bill in 2006, it was hoped by many parliamentarians, members of the public and animal welfare experts that the use of wild animals such as lions, […]

No strategy for social care

No strategy for social care

Clive Betts, Chair of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and Labour MP for Sheffield South East   Over the last 5 years, local government expenditure was hardest hit. While most councils tried to give some protection, the social care budget was cut by £5 billion and about 500,000 people completely lost support. By […]

The challenges of big data

The challenges of big data

    Nicola Blackwood, Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee and Conservative MP for Oxford West and Abingdon The Science and Technology Select Committee decided to examine “big data” – the first of the “Great Eight (or sometimes Ten) Technologies” to be reviewed by us – because a number of developments are pushing […]

Transport services are vital for the UK’s future – but reform is needed

Transport services are vital for the UK’s future – but reform is needed

    Lilian Greenwood, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport and Labour MP for Nottingham South   Britain relies on its transport services. High quality roads, railways and public transport services are essential preconditions for economic growth– but this is not the extent of their functions. Efficient public transport services and technological innovation are vital […]

From Blair to Cameron: is Parliament respected by Prime Ministers?

From Blair to Cameron: is Parliament respected by Prime Ministers?

Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesman and MP for Carshalton and Wallington   A comparison of the approach of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron towards foreign policy decisions in Parliament pivots around one central theme: how the 2003 Anglo-American Iraq invasion has influenced military interventions by Great Britain for security and humanitarian purposes.       It is […]

Tackling climate change

Tackling climate change

Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton, Pavilion   As the Paris climate talks approach, the threat being posed by climate change is becoming increasingly clear – not just in reports written by experts, but in the reality of people’s lives. Deadly super storms are increasingly wreaking havoc to towns and cities from Mexico to Japan; ships are […]

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