One of the most exciting fronts in Labour’s renewal is the burgeoning debate about Englishness. Thanks to the work of politicians like John Denham and Jon Cruddas and thinkers like Jonathan Rutherford and Sunder Katwala, there is now an excellent line of argument pointing the way to how Labour re-attaches itself to a history, ideas, and a wellspring of inspiration that got lost somewhere in the new Labour days.

For those who campaigned, like me to stay in the European Union, it's fairly obvious that the concern to reduce migration was at the top of voters list of ambition. But now we are leaving the EU, a new system will be needed to manage migration from the EU.

Dear friends,

Thank you for all of your emails and letters over the last few weeks about the ongoing refugee crisis.

As you know, the Tory government’s action on refugees simply does not match up to the scale of the crisis we are facing.

Dear friends,

 

I am sure you will have seen some of the coverage of the increasingly desparate refugee crisis growing across Europe.

 

Yvette Cooper, who I am backing to be the next Labour Leader, made a speech earlier in the week lamenting Britain's current position - Germany has given more sanctuary to Syrians in a month than we have in the last year - and calling for the Government and communities across our country to do more.

 

 

Dear friends,

 

Today HEPI has released the findings of it's recent survey of students' attitudes towards studying alongside international students.

 

Here's my statement in response:

 

"If we want to lead the world in science, research and new technologies then the free movement of students and scientists is key. Today's research from HEPI show that our home students know that already. 

Dear friends,

 

Many of you will have read, in my Winter Newsletter, about the three constituency wide residents meeting that I will be holding between now and the election. They’re on the 3 big issues residents tell me are most important – and I want to hear what you think needs to change in the years ahead.

 

· Fighting for more and better jobs, especially for our young people who need more to do