30 Jun 2010
June 30, 2010

Getting Stabbed


If you’ve licked my left thigh (a mercifully tiny sample of people – so just a rubbish device), you’ll know there’s a white stab wound in it.  I was very, very  young; high spirits and kind of mucking about (we both had flick-knives).  I had a shoulder wound too; it was very nippy and I.. read more →

The All Party Group on the Digital Economy is up and running at Westminster and we’ve started to put together a plan of events and briefings.  Our website will go live shortly but, in the meantime,  I thought I’d use this blog to flag up a meeting at the House of Commons on 27th July.. read more →

I’ve said in previous posts, and in the House of Commons, that we in Labour need to rethink our position on key aspects of Foreign and Defence Policy.  Trident and Afghanistan are uppermost in many people’s minds, yet our approach to those issues remains sluggish – indeed we are presently in danger of being outflanked.. read more →

16 Jun 2010
June 16, 2010

Saville Report


I spent a year as an army officer in Derry in the early 90s.  I spent most of my time in civvies liaising with local groups. I got to know a lot of people, unionist and nationalist-minded alike.  A few of those I worked with lived in a little village called Greysteel, between Ballykelly and.. read more →

That’s it, really. read more →

Tonight, here at the House of Commons, there’ll be a vote urging the government to include Trident within the terms of its Strategic Defence Review (SDR).  The Tory position is that it shouldn’t.  That was the Labour  government’s position too.  The Lib Dems, on the other hand, have always held up their commitment to the inclusion.. read more →