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.
As the MP who proudly boasts Doncaster Sheffield Airport in my constituency, may I welcome to this event today.
May I welcome the small businesses with ambition to grow; the firms with ambition to export more; or export for the first time. And may I welcome representatives of Heathrow and the firms associated with aviation at Robin Hood Airport.
This event is about Heathrow, but it is also about our future, here in Doncaster.
Said Flint to the Prime Minister: “Does the Prime Minister agree with her Work and Pensions Secretary that half of lone parents and around two thirds of working age couples with children under Universal Credit will lose the equivalent of £2400 a year?”
This week Caroline Flint visited Rossington Brownies to talk to them about women in politics and the centenary of women getting the vote.
Caroline shared with the Brownies her story of being the 201st woman to be elected as an MP, the history of the suffragette movement and told the girls that they have super powers.
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 at the Labour First Rally at Labour Conference 24 September 2018
I want to give you my advice for our approach when we leave this conference.
First, the job of every Labour MP and every councillor is leadership.
It is to support our members, to maintain morale and always keep our party facing outwards, close to the public we seek to represent.
MPs need to be in their constituencies; at their party meetings, supporting members; welcoming new members, keeping people in the Labour Party and leading members onto doorsteps.
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.
My speech to the Community Union/Fabian Society Fringe meeting entitled "Should we Fear the Machines? Opportunities and Challenges of Technological Change for Workers" - Labour Conference 25 September 2018.
We need to prepare for the rise of the robots.
One view is that robots will lead to mass unemployment – and technology will bring about capitalism’s collapse.
A kind of techie Trotskyism.
Another view is that robots will enable us all to have a guaranteed minimum income and most of us can work a 20 hour week.
A kind of Scandi Utopia.
My Speech to the University of Oslo British Politics Society 18 September 2018.
May I begin by saying: Takk for invitasjonen her.
You may be pleased to know that will be my first and last attempt at Norwegian today.
Thank you to Professor Wold; to the British Politics Society, to the University of Oslo, for hosting today’s lecture; and for everyone who has come to take part.