Discussing issues of sex and pornography in the public sphere, particularly in politics, is quite a taboo and one usually avoided. According to one study, 56% of the population regularly watches pornography. Despite this, it is not a conversation that most people feel comfortable openly discussing or even admitting to. As a habit, it is comparable to drinking. Most of the population do it and consume it in moderation in a way which is fun for them. Issues come in when the actors on screen are being exploited and the consumer develops dangerous habits and addictions. None of these problems are solved by the Conservative and Labour-supported Porn Block.Read more
My colleague in Bath, Wera Hobhouse MP, this week came out in support of my stance opposing expanding Bristol Airport.
As Lib Dem Energy & Climate Change Spokesperson, Wera is an important voice in the national debate on aviation policy and I'm thrilled to have her support on this issue.Read more
Following Theresa May's Brexit statement, a petition calling for Parliament to revoke Article 50 and stay in the European Union has received more 900,000 signatures.
In the latest development of the Brexit soap opera, Theresa May has asked the EU for a short extension so she can get her deal through on the third time of asking. The European Union have been very hesitant about granting an extension without concrete plans in place.
Bristol West has become one of the highest constituencies by signatories, with over 5,500 signatures in just a few hours (at time of writing).Read more
As Parliament finally returns today, we are facing the greatest constitutional crisis of our lifetime. MPs are deadlocked on what happens next with Brexit. This is our opportunity to stop Brexit.
Theresa May delayed the vote on her deal in order to avoid unleashing momentum behind the People's Vote campaign. With the new date set for next week, one thing is clear - Nothing has changed, to quote the PM herself.Read more
The word 'hero' can be overused. It's meaning to describe someone who possesses courage, has many outstanding achievements and noble qualities seems to have got lost. But if there is one word to describe Paddy Ashdown, for me, it would be a hero.
Every day, I am reminded of Paddy's influence on me. He is what all Liberals and progressives should aspire to. A great man without who's sense of moral duty, pragmatic tenacity and optimistic vision of a fairer society means that the country we live in may have been quite different without him.
We are going to miss you, Paddy. Thank you - for everything.Read more
This weekend marks the centenary celebrations of women being allowed to stand for Parliament. 100 years later and we have had 450 women MPs, 42 women cabinet members and 2 women Prime Ministers. Not enough, but numbers that 100 years ago would have been unthinkable.Read more
Today is International Human Rights Day, marking the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today we can celebrate what we have achieved, but also raise awareness about the risks to these rights which we have fought so hard to get.Read more
Brexit has, at times, felt like a very long, complex yet boring Netflix series. So it comes with little surprise that as we approach the series finale, the government’s history of bad decisions and contempt of democratic principle would reach a dramatic zenith. The government – specifically two cabinet ministers – are likely to be found in contempt of parliament; a historic moment in the history of our parliament.Read more
If you’ve taken the bus in Bristol you know you’re rolling the dice. It has become luck of the draw when your bus will turn up, if it turns up at all and if it’ll take you near where you want to go. If you live on an unpopular route you risk your vital service being limited or even cancelled completely by the bus companies as its not profitable enough.Read more
The Prime Minister admitted last night that there are three options before the country: Her deal, no deal and no Brexit.
The deal on the table is a bad deal. It will damage the large of our economy, make us rule takers but not rule makers, and offers no long-term solution to the Irish border problem.Read more