The Referendum in 2016 was a democratic vote, which demanded the result should be respected.
It was also an instruction to the Government to act on this basis to negotiate the terms for Britain leaving. This was – and remains – the duty of Government, as only governments can negotiate Britain’s withdrawal from or acceptance of international treaties.
Britain’s exit should have been done and dusted by now. But for more than three years, the Tories have failed to negotiate a good enough deal to command support in parliament or in public. So the country remains in deadlock and ever more deeply divided.
Labour – in Opposition and with around 60 fewer MPs than the Tories – has consistently argued for a better Brexit deal than the terms the Tories have tried to agree, that gets us out of the EU but does not cut us off from Europe. This is also what I have argued for, both in public and in the Labour Party.
I believe there is a good Brexit deal to be done in both UK and EU interests, and the…
Having campaigned for better mental health support for young people, I welcome Labour's pledge to put a trained counsellor in every school.
My survey of local schools last year found nearly all had seen mental health worsen.
I then took local headteachers to see the schools minister Nick Gibb, which helped win £1.7m from the government for extra mental health support in schools.
The number of children experiencing mental health problems is increasing, and I know through constituency casework how hard parents find getting help. Our mental health services are stretched to breaking point and have long waiting lists.
We need to invest fully in frontline mental health support.
Labour has pledged an additional £845 million per year for a Healthy Young Minds plan that will:
Establish a network of open access mental health hubs to enable 300,000 more children to access mental health support directly.Recruit almost 3,500 qualified, on-site secondary school counsellors to ensure accessible p…