What Next in the Brexit Saga?

There are, yet again, several possible Brexit scenarios in the weeks ahead:Johnson sits on his hands, allows the clock to tick down until the 31 October deadline, and Britain leaves the EU without a deal, despite what Johnson previously promised and despite the fact that Parliament has voted against

Tensions in Kashmir

The Kashmir issue has long been neglected by the international community, despite the very clear UN Security Council resolutions that require the issue to be settled by a referendum of the Kashmiri people themselves.But, now, the world cannot ignore the situation. India’s unilateral measures changin

“No to Boris. Yes to Europe.” Rally 20 July

It was a pleasure to join the “No to Boris. Yes to Europe” rally in London today. What was expected to be a small midsummer rally turned out to be a much bigger event as thousands flocked from across the country to send a clear message to Johnson as he prepares to take the leadership of the Tory par

Why the EPLP voted for Ursula von der Leyen

My response to an article in Thursday's Labour List which criticised the EPLP's decision to vote in support of the nomination of Ursula von der Leyen as the next European Commission president.Steve Hudson is right to ask why Labour MEPs voted, along with the bulk of our socialist comrades in the Eur

The sad delusions of Brexit Party MEPs

Knowing that they are losing the support of public opinion back home, the new Brexit Party MEPs have decided to focus their efforts on denigrating, ridiculing and demonising the institution they chose to stand for.Not for them the nitty-gritty work of actually scrutinising European policies or shapi

The welcome shift of emphasis of Labour policy on Brexit

The shift of emphasis of Labour’s Brexit stance to demanding a public vote on any Brexit outcome may be taking a long time, hopefully in order to get (almost) everyone on board, but it is happening. Moreover, it is fully justified.Two years ago, Labour had said in its manifesto that it respected the

Interview on France24

This week I was interviewed by France24 on the European elections and Labour's Brexit position. This week I was interviewed (twice) by France24 and talked about the European elections and Labour’s Brexit position.Click here to watch the English interview.Click Here to watch the French interview.

Brexiteers are falling behind

In my latest article for Labour List, I argue that while the European election results were not good for Labour, nor were they good for the Brexit supporting parties. Labour must move to a wholehearted backing of a public vote on Brexit in order to stop haemorrhaging votes.

The New European Parliament

Socialists and other pro-European parties did far better than had been predicted in last week's elections. Below is an overview of what the new European Parliament is going to look like. Socialists and pro-European parties did far better than expected and the far-right will stay a (divided) minority

Victoria Derbyshire Show

Interviewed by Joanna Gosling on the European election results and what this might mean for shifts in Labour Party policy.

Sky News Interview 27 May

Speaking on Sky News, the evening after the election results, explaining that they show that votes for Remain supporting parties have increased and beaten votes for Leave voting parties.

Reflections on the European Election Results

Looking behind the Farage-focussed headlines to see what the UK voters were trying to tell Labour, and the country. The European election results were not good for Labour, halving our number of seats from 20 to 10 and losing valued colleagues.Labour haemorrhaged votes mostly to the Greens and the Li

European Election Campaign

Some images from the European election campaign. Wonderful support from Labour Party members across Yorkshire and Humber.

Today Programme 9 May

My interview with Nick Robinson prior to Labour’s launch of the manifesto for the European elections.

Proportional Representation in Regional Constituencies. How does it work?

The D'Hondt system used for election MEPs is proportional, but votes for smaller parties are not always translate into seats. Here is an explainer of how the system works. For Westminster elections, parties each put up one candidate for each constituency. The one with the most votes wins the single

Where are we now on Brexit, a new referendum, and the European elections?

Brexit is turning out to be very different from what was promised by the Leave campaign three years ago, so it is justified to ask people to confirm whether they wish to proceed or not.Not holding a referendum on the actual Brexit deal is tantamount to saying to the public “You had your say three ye

‘We are bound by more than just Treaties’.

Speaking in the final European Parliament session before the May elections, the day after the terrible blaze at Notre Dame de Paris, I reflect on President Tusk’s comments that ‘we are bound by more than just treaties’ and why parties supporting Brexit are afraid of another referendum, now the Brit

Radio Humberside Interview 11 April

After an unpredictable few days and weeks, the EU27 and the UK have agreed to a further extension until 31 October 2018. Here I talk about what this means for our continued membership, MEP elections in May, Brexit and the increasing possibility of a confirmatory ballot.

Put it to the People March

On Saturday 23 March, I joined well over one million others to call for a public vote on whatever Brexit deal finally emerges from this dysfunctional Tory government. Parliament has (thankfully) already ruled out a disastrous No Deal Brexit. Theresa May’s current deal, already twice defeated by sign

Fisking Theresa May’s Grimsby Speech

Theresa May gave a speech in Grimsby today ahead of the second “meaningful vote” on her Brexit deal in Parliament on Tuesday. Below is the text of her speech, with my comments inserted in red.Next week, Members of Parliament in Westminster face a crucial choice. Whether to back the Brexit deal – or