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It was partly to do with idea of all these men away from home, it was partly to do with the fact there were eight bars and the very long hours and the bars were open for as long as we're sitting, and partly with the notion that what happens in Westminster stays in Westminster. It was worse – it's a little bit better now – but there's a long way to go.feedback
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Oct 29 2017
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Sep 06 2017 - Brexit

This leaked document is part & parcel of a mean & cynical approach already deterring people from coming here.feedback

Sep 04 2017 - Twitter

My office got flooded with communications, both by letter and by email. People sent us emails and letters full of swastikas, people sent us postcards and letters with pictures of monkeys and chimps. People sent us hundreds of emails using the word n***** - that's the sort of response we get. It's highly racialised and it's also gendered because people talk about rape and they talk about my physical appearance in a way they wouldn't talk about a man.feedback

Aug 14 2017 - London

The recovery operation has been blighted by failures. Commissioners who have the trust of the community must be appointed to take the necessary action. It is now two months since the catastrophic Grenfell Tower fire left at least 80 people dead, though more are still categorised as missing and are feared dead by their loved ones. That some of the poorest residents were subjected to a catalogue of failings in one of the richest boroughs is a stain on the national conscience. The lack of health and safety measures that could have been decisive in preventing loss of life, including fire-proof cladding and a sprinkler system, have led to serious questions about the impact of austerity in a borough that has reserves of £274m.feedback

Jul 29 2017 - London

The anger and upset at the death of Rashan Charles is understandable. But Rashan's family have explicitly spoken out against hostile actions. We must respect their wishes and any protests must be peaceful.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Twitter

They put up a carefully edited video on Twitter. But they didn't include anything I had said about the crime statistics. It was just about a 20-second stumble. Their considered news judgment was that the 'story' was not the rise in rape and violent crime, but making a politician look stupid.feedback

Jul 21 2017

This, together with the fact that we are seeing the lowest police numbers in 30 years, is a story. It shows that Tory austerity is actually making us all less safe.feedback

Jul 21 2017

Sick of "gotcha" journalism? I certainly am. Maybe journalists should try focusing on the real issues that affect peoples lives. What we've said is that we would find the money to recruit the 10,000 policepeople by cutting the, cutting... We would find the money because we would look at capital gains tax. The Tories have cut capital gains tax and we want to restore it and that would give us, I think, 170.feedback

Jul 16 2017 - Sexism

We are talking about mindless abuse and in my case the mindless abuse has been characteristically racist and sexist. And just to outline I've had death threats, I've had people tweeting that I should be hung if 'they could find a tree big enough to take the fat bitch's weight.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Immigration

I'm pleased to see the government has met the request I raised in the Commons on Monday for an immigration amnesty for Grenfell survivors. Without an immigration amnesty there may well be people we never know about, and too many people who need help who will not receive it. But this does not go far enough to ensure the confidence of those affected. Why would they volunteer their details knowing that in just 12 months they could face deportation? The amnesty must be indefinite to be truly effective.feedback

Jun 24 2017 - Labour Party

Those hundreds of people that died is a direct consequence of Tory attitudes in social housing.feedback

Jun 24 2017 - Labour Party

I think we are going to find that the numbers of people that have died will be in triple figures, just because it's a 23-storey [sic] block.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Terrorism

We know that a large proportion of referrals to Prevent involve far-right or fascist terrorism, but it is far less clear whether this is reflected in the charging or conviction rates. Terrorism affects us all.feedback

Jun 20 2017

Tragically, we see that there are multiple terrorist threats facing us, including the far right, al-Qaida or IS-inspired terrorists as well as others.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Diabetes

Everyone who has type 2 diabetes knows it is a perfectly manageable condition.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Labour Party

I am back to fighting fitness and I'm back to representing the Labour Party in the debates and the battles to come.feedback

Jun 20 2017

I'm feeling a lot better. It took my brother to ring me up and tell me off and tell me about the importance of eating properly and glucose tablets. Stress wasn't an issue, my blood sugar levels was. I am back to fighting fitness.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Diabetes

The first time I became aware that I was a target of a national campaign was when people in marginals in the north were WhatsApping me to say there were ad vans talking about me, with a picture of me and Jeremy on. Then there were these targeted Facebook ads. There was one which was a mashup ad which made it sound as if I supported al Qaida. We did contemplate taking legal action.feedback

Jun 14 2017

Maybe you can avoid that sort of venom if you don't stand for anything. But I went into politics to stand for things. This was more dishonest than the usual type of election campaign. Politics is a contact sport, so if they wanted to criticise me or the party on policies we held [fine]. But there was a lot of lies.feedback

Jun 13 2017

It is a condition you can manage. I am doing that now and I feel ready to get back to work.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Immigration

The first time I became aware that I was a target of a national campaign was when people in marginals in the north were WhatsApping me to say there were ad vans talking about me, with a picture of me and Jeremy on.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Facebook

Then there were these targeted Facebook ads. There was one which was a mashup ad which made it sound as if I supported al-Qaida. We did contemplate taking legal action.feedback

Jun 13 2017

Because of the hype – every day I had photographers outside my house.feedback

Jun 13 2017

In a constituency like Hackney, it's quite mobile and it's quite fluid – although it's a very safe Labour seat. But in the parts of the country where they thought they were going to pick up seats, when it really comes down to it, whatever people were saying about immigrants, or Jeremy, or blah blah blah, basically people would rather cut off their right hand than vote Tory. It was just a visceral thing in the end for some of them that they just couldn't do it.feedback

Jun 10 2017

I pledge to play any part my Party should ask of me.feedback

Jun 08 2017

People in this position should have the correct answers when interviewed.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Diabetes

I'm not sure what colour I can add. I have always enjoyed good health until the last few years. And diabetes, in itself, would not stop me doing Women's Hour. I am worried about telling untruths about my health which are easily disproved.feedback

May 28 2017

Citizens have the right to expect their government to put safety first. In the face of a growing terrorist threat, the Conservatives have taken the wrong tack. Cuts have consequences. In the wake of the terrible events in Manchester and the dreadful loss of life last week, there is a temptation to point the finger at the security services and say: if this potential terrorist was known to the security and intelligence agencies, why wasn’t he monitored and prevented from carrying out this murderous assault?feedback

May 28 2017

The titles are one thing, but the reality of some of those groups were that they were dissidents in their country of origin ... Had they taken out al-Qaida as one thing, that would have been different. At this point less than a week after the terror attack in Manchester, we have to look forward at how to keep our people safe.feedback

May 28 2017 - Northern Ireland

Ireland "is our struggle – every defeat of the British state is a victory for all of us. A defeat in Northern Ireland would be a defeat indeed. Though I was born here in London, I couldn't identify as British. I had an afro. It was 34 years ago. The hairstyle has gone and some of the views have gone. We have all moved on. At that time, MI5 needed reforming. It has since been reformed and of course I would not call for its abolition now. What the legislation brought forward was a whole list of organisations some of which were not terrorist organisations, but dissident organisations.feedback

May 28 2017

I worked in the Home Office for nearly three years as a graduate trainee and I know how it works from the inside.feedback

May 28 2017 - Northern Ireland

It was 34 years ago. I used to have a splendid Afro. A defeat in Northern Ireland would be a defeat indeed. That MI5 has gone. It's been reformed, it's a different MI5 and that's why so many of us are able to support it now. First of all, I think there's something to be said for a home secretary who has actually worked in the Home Office. I worked in the Home Office for nearly three years as a graduate trainee and I know how it works from the inside.feedback

May 27 2017 - Libya

Military solution cannot be the only tool. The war in Iraq did not make the international environment safer and our intervention in Libya has caused a failed state.feedback

May 02 2017

If I didn't know my figures, I wouldn't have been able to repeat them correctly in six other interviews. I knew the figures because I have repeated them many times this morning. The public will understand that you are not willing to talk about the real issues and the real issues are that we have lost 20,000 police officers since 2010 and we are seeing a rise in violent crime.feedback

May 02 2017

People that listened to any of the interviews I gave this morning, with the exception of the LBC interview, will know that I do know the figures.feedback

May 02 2017

And we're going to use it specifically, partly because it is £2.7 billion, on funding the 10,000 extra policemen.feedback

May 02 2017 - Labour Party

Well, erm... if we recruit the 10,000 policemen and women over a four-year period, we believe it will be about £300,000. Haha, no. I mean... sorry. They will cost... they will, it will cost, erm, about... about £80million. We get to that figure because we anticipate recruiting 25,000 extra police officers a year at least over a period of four years. And we are looking at both what average police wages are generally but also specifically police wages in London. Jeremy Corbyn has rather more experience in parliament than Tony Blair had before he became leader of the party.feedback

May 02 2017

We have of course spoken about the cuts in capital gains tax as part of a whole series of tax cuts for the rich which will help to fund our programme. But we are now specifically rolling out our manifesto and saying specifically what we'll use the £2.7 billion we think we'll save from reversing the capital gains tax.feedback

May 02 2017

The Conservatives would say that. We've not promised the money to any area. We have just pointed out that the cuts in capital gains tax will cost the taxpayer over £2bn and there are better ways of spending that money.feedback

May 02 2017

As we roll out our manifesto process we are specifically saying how we will fund specific proposals … We will fund the 10,000 extra police officers by using some, not all, but just some of the £2bn.feedback

May 02 2017 - London

We get to that figure because we anticipate recruiting 25,000 extra police officers a year at least.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - Labour Party

One of their current arguments is that Labour's difficulties in the polls are all attributable to him and that if only we had a new leader, almost any leader, then this would resolve our problems. This is completely untrue. We can go further. Compared to all his critics, Jeremy Corbyn is worth about 18-20 percentage points to Labour's vote. Without him, and led by any one of his vocal critics, we could easily be languishing in single digits in polls.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - Labour Party

In both cases, the Dutch Labour party and the French Socialist party had talked about opposing austerity but then implemented it. Trying to shore up their electoral base they turned to anti-immigration and Islamophobic rhetoric and policies. France under Hollande also repeatedly intervened militarily in Africa.feedback

Apr 02 2017 - Refugees

We must make clear that there is no place for anti-foreigner myths, racism and hate in our society.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Labour Party

He couldn't possibly be intending to deceive anybody.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Labour Party

I think we are going to have to discuss this as a shadow cabinet if we all going to publish our tax receipts. If that's what we agree to do, certainly I'll do it.feedback

Feb 19 2017 - Labour Party

"These are difficult byelections, they're going to be quite tight,". "We are hopeful of winning both of them but it's really important that every Labour supporter comes out to vote.feedback

Feb 19 2017

"It's it's almost as if they want to drive some of us out of politics". "Now you can press a button and threaten to rape someone. The more some of these guys see this stuff online, they more they become encouraged and emboldened".feedback

Apr 22 2016

Boris dismissing president Obama as 'half-Kenyan' reflects the worst Tea Party rhetoric.feedback

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