As many of you know, I used an Opposition Day debate in Parliament yesterday to raise the desperate humanitarian situation and terrible conflict in Yemen. I argued that - to protect the civilian population - we needed an urgent, independent, UN-led inquiry into whether the Saudi-led coalition has violated international humanitarian law in Yemen, both by attacking civilian targets and destroying Yemen's agricultural sector, thereby worsening the country's horrendous hunger crisis. I also argued that, until that investigation was complete, the UK's support for the coalition forces should be suspended. Unfortunately, our motion did not succeed, but we will continue to fight on this issue, and below, I have laid out the arguments in more detail, based on my speech to the House of Commons yesterday.
Many of you will have seen the reports today that a prisoner in his 20s in Pentonville prison was fatally stabbed yesterday. Two more inmates were injured, and two have been arrested.Read more
At the Tory party conference last week, Theresa May set a deadline of 31 March for the government to trigger the two-year negotiation process through which our post-Brexit relationship with the rest of Europe will be shaped.
I have always argued that, before the government embarks on that process, they must tell the British people their plan, and yesterday, we held a debate in Parliament demanding that they do so.Read more
The Guardian asked me today to explain in 300 words what I would do to help stop the horrors in Aleppo. This is what I told them:Read more
I want to say at the outset that it has always seemed obvious to me that we are most safe when we are surrounded by friends, as we are now, and so why would we want to fall out with them?Read more
Thank you very much for that introduction, Malcolm, and may I start by saying what a privilege it is to speak here today?
I’m going to start by quoting a line from the Tory manifesto in 2015, and a line from the Labour manifesto. See if you can guess which is which. “The first duty of government is to keep you safe”, says one. “The primary duty of any government is the defence of the nation and its interests”, says the other.Read more