Read my speech to the Academy of Ideas, Battle of Ideas weekend, on 14 October 2018 about reviving our industrial heartlands and small towns.
Why are we talking about the rust belt?
The short answer is Brexit. The referendum ripped a scab off, revealing the feelings of many for whom the benefits of modernisation and globalisation seemed marginal.
They saw their concerns ignored at best, ridiculed at worst.
This had been brewing for a decade or more.
My speech on "The Final Deal: Which Way will Labour Vote?" - a New Statesman fringe meeting at Labour Conference, 25 September 2018.
How do we differ from the Tories on Brexit?
Here’s the problem.
Labour has allowed this debate to be dominated by voices that repeatedly brand Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May as having the same approach on Brexit.
So Labour doesn’t get any credit for shifting the Government’s position.
Read my speech to the Resolution Foundation fringe meeting at Labour Conference 25 September 2018
The debate on what Brexit will look like is dominated by short-hand.
A Brexit lexicon.
Will it be the Norway model; or WTO plus plus; or Canada plus plus plus?
Despite talk of a Norway model, we’re not Norway. We’re not Canada.
We are in unchartered territory. This is brand new ground.
There is no precedent for a country the size of the UK leaving the European Union.
Caroline Flint has confirmed that the Brexit deal the Government is seeking to agree with the European Union this autumn will not be the “final deal,” as the UK faces two years of further negotiations following 'Brexit Day' on 29 March 2019.
Caroline spoke to Jim Pickard, Chief Political Correspondent of The Financial Times, about respecting the result of the 2016 EU Referendum and working towards the best possible deal for the UK in Brexit negotiations.
See my discussion with Channel Four News from Friday 22 June 2018 about public attitudes to Brexit and immigration.
My segment starts around 4:10.
I strongly believe that we need to respect the outcome of the referendum and the Article 50 process. Read my speech in Parliament during the debate on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill on 13 June 2018 - or click on the photo to watch it.
Since the referendum, I’m afraid in this place and outside, the debate has often been polarised between hard-line Brexiteers, who feel we can walk away without a deal and walk off a cliff edge. And, I’m afraid to say, hard-line Remainers who do not accept the result of the referendum and do want to find whatever way possible to stay in. And that is why I am not supporting Amendment 51 today.