Author Archives: John Sharkey

Lord John Sharkey’s maiden speech

LDV has been bringing you the words of our new representatives as they speak for the first time in the Houses of Parliament. We bring you maiden speeches from new MPs and new members of the House of Lords. You can find an archive of all maiden speeches we’ve published by clicking this link. If you think we’ve missed someone, do please drop us a line.

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, it is a great privilege and a great honour to join your Lordships’ House. It has also been a great pleasure because of the immense kindness shown …

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Opinion: Getting ready for the next General Election

At the next General Election we have a once in a generation opportunity. The Labour vote is in freefall and in so many of their traditional heartlands, in places like Newcastle, Liverpool, Hull, Burnley and Sheffield, it is our party that is poised to take electoral advantage. There is now no such thing as a safe Labour seat.

We undoubtedly face a tougher fight against the Tories, however it is clear that the public are far from convinced about Cameron and Osborne. Many voters are being turned off by their assumption that they will breeze into Downing Street after the …

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    The SNP are at, what, 2-3% in the polls, and seem quite chipper? It's not your UK-wide percentage that counts, it's where the votes are.
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    Julian Heather You seem to beieve that fuel poverty is declining. The Government's own Fuel Poverty Advisory Group says otherwise. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/48299/4664-exec-summary-fuel-pov-final-rpt.pdf