It’s a Dream or a Nightmare

Having spent a full day yesterday at conference yesterday I managed to meet, drink coffee, talk listen, attend events, receptions and meet up with what we fondly call the PLP in Exile – ie an ex Labour MPs Club! I talked to all wings of the party and those here for ‘lobbying’ or exhibitors. Hence…

Conference isn’t what it used to be

Regular readers over the years will know how much I used to try to avoid political conferences. I think I have spent less than a couple of hours of my life sitting inside a conference hall. However, the real business of a conference  takes place in the fringe meetings, the little huddles of people gathering…

DCMS Consultation

One of the new projects I want to take on in 2016 is the establishment a new investment fund for sports that have a social impact. The project can be found at http://www.sportimpactfund.com I have posted on the sport impact fund but wanted to share with all my sport and political friends! We were delighted…

A Week IS a Long Time in Politics

As you may have gathered from my twitter and Facebook I have fortunately been slightly pre occupied over the last week with the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup. Ironically the event got me onto the Daily Politics Programme when they did a light hearted piece on Friday. However, with over 300 Parliamentarians from across the globe…

New Style PMQs

It has been a roller coaster of a ride for Jeremy Corbyn since his election on Saturday and PMQs was the first time to see him in action in the Commons. As a former insider it is difficult to express how much of the mood for MPs is set by this weekly encounter that many…

The Shadow Cabinet 

so the full list of the Shadow Cabinet has been announced.  Five years out from a general election and after a defeat the role of this group is to take the role of opposition seriously whils re building for an election that will take place in very different circumstances in 2020 There is lots of…

#ChilliMEChallenge

Whilst sometimes we get caught up in the grandiose projects in politics I was always struck by the number of smaller (but not those affected)  issues that needed their voice heard. I have a vested interest and am delighted to raise awareness of ME. With family (current) experience seeing and hearing from self help groups…