Oona King

Let me begin by making one thing very plain: at this point in time, it is the will of the British people to leave the European Union, and therefore negotiations on Brexit must take place.  Once they conclude, and once the shape and meaning of Brexit becomes clear, at that point, it is only fair and democratic that the British people accept or reject the final deal.

The problem is, at the moment we have no idea when that deal will be made, even if it will be made, or what it will include. To borrow a phrase, we know nothing.



Thanks for such a warm welcome. I could almost feel at home…

In fact we’re not far from where I grew up in East London, but as a

young man, I never thought I’d come here.

In fact as an older man, I never thought I’d come here.

But Oona invited me to speak here today.

Thursday, 05 March 2015 00:00


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.

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”.

Speech to the House of Lords 20 Nov 2014 :

Baroness King of Bow (Lab): My Lords, the online world is the real world for digital natives. That is exactly what worries so many of us. However, we would be doing our children a huge disservice if we viewed their online interactions in only a negative light. In fact, for many young people, the internet is far more likely to be a place of opportunity. The internet will bring them opportunities that generations before them could only dream of.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

VOTE REMAIN! What's Europe worth to you?

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.

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