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My tribute to Jo Cox MP


House of Lords, 20th June 2016 

I knew Jo because we both worked for the Kinnocks, we both worked for the Browns, we both worked for Labour Women's Network - which Jo Chaired - and we both had a habit of ending up in refugee camps.


Idris goes to Parliament


Idris Elba received a standing ovation from MPs and media industry leaders when he visited the House of Commons at my invitation to give a keynote speech on Diversity in the Media. His speech went viral after only 4 hours online. In it he asks the TV & film industry to be more imaginative so that the world we live in is reflected on screen. 

22 Jun 2016 by in Speeches

The price, and value, of EU membership

Let’s start by inverting Oscar Wilde and asking, like every cynic would, not the value of the EU but the price of the EU.

So how much does it cost us? The EU costs every single person in Britain 37p per day. What do we get in return?
We get peace. You’d think that was quite valuable.

We get access to a Single Market with 500 million consumers (worth £90 billion to Britain annually).

We get freedom of movement.

18 Jun 2015 by in Speeches

Speech to Parliament as Shadow Broadcast Minister:

A generation ago, in 1998, the Labour Government defined the creative industries as comprising any business with the potential to generate,

wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property”.

It seems strange now that, in the fairly recent past, the Blair Government became the first in the world to recognise the creative industries as an industrial sector in their own right. The Creative Industries Mapping Document published by former Secretary of State, Chris Smith—now the noble Lord, Lord Smith—set out for the first time to measure and map the impact of the creative industries on the rest of the economy. He wrote in the foreword to the document:

05 Mar 2015 by in Speeches

Empowering women means giving them the practical tools to escape poverty and prejudice. Around the world, including here in Britain, a baby girl’s life chances are disadvantaged in comparison to her brother’s at almost every turn, and once she becomes a woman the disadvantage becomes entrenched.

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Gay Marriage



Sometimes being mixed race is like having a cloak of invisibility.  The most remarkable hour of my life came when I put on a head scarf and went out alone to witness riots on the 'Arab street' in the Gaza Strip in June 2003. If the thousands of young Palestinians had known I was a Jew with an American and British passport, and an MP to boot, at best they would have kidnapped me, at worst killed me on the spot.

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Idris Elba

Idris Elba endorsed me as mayor for London when I ran for the Labour nomination in 2010.

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