It has been a privilege to serve as the MP for Selly Oak since 1992. Three years ago, I announced I would not be standing again. So, for the first time in many years, I will not be able to vote for myself as the Parliamentary Candidate. If I were standing, I would be signing up to the Equality Pledge and if you share my political views, you might like to ask your parliamentary candidates for their views on the Pledge. I also recommend the book The Spirit Level, which explains how more equal societies do better on all measures of well-being.
|When the news broke on 19 January that the Board of Cadbury had unanimously recommended that shareholders accept Kraft's revised takeover bid, I immediately
|applied to the Speaker for an Urgent Question to be taken in the House of Commonsthat afternoon. This was turned down but I was subsequently granted a half hour adjournment debate on Tuesday 26 January at the end of the day's business in the Main Chamber. Click here to read the debate. For more on my reaction to the Board's recommendation, click here. On 19 January, I also wrote the following article for the Guardian.
Launch of the groundbreaking Election Compact on Mental Health - click here
The 'Brompton Challenge' to support The Prostate Cancer Charity - click here Since then, I have myself been diagnosed with cancer, click here
I visited Syria for talks with Khaled Meshaal of Hamas, other Palestinian factions and individuals such as this refugee (above) - click here
Copenhagen Summit - Our
Future in Their Hands? - click here
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I have signed up...
...to the statement on the Sense About Science website to 'keep the libel laws out of science'.
Submission to the Iraq Inquiry
Prof. David Nutt
National Care Service consultation
Suskind allegations & Iraq inquiry
Conflict in Gaza
Energy prices & keeping the most vulnerable warm
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