Columnist with the Guardian and presenter of Radio 4's 'The Week in Westminster'
guardian.co.uk — Call it the Richmond Park test. Yesterday morning, amazing to report, it wasn't belting down with rain, and the park was crammed. It was a joyful sight - families, dog-walkers, runners. But what would have amazed a time traveller from a couple of decades ago would have been the thousands and thousands of cyclists.
guardian.co.uk — Jack Ashley was a widely admired MP and campaigner; his friend Lord Donoughue served as senior policy adviser to the Labour government of 1974-79. I first met Jack Ashley about 50 years ago in a pub off the Tottenham Court Road through a mutual friend who sensed that we would get on.
guardian.co.uk — The life experience of people who are now older women in Britain has been one of the most dramatic rollercoaster rides in our entire social history. The women who first broke into "it's a man's world" jobs in the 1970s and have lived through a transformation in attitudes to childcare, sexuality and discrimination now face yet another frontier.
politicalbookawards.com — The Political Book of the Year will be awarded to the book deemed to have been the most impressive political book published in the past year, or that which has had the most overall impact on politics, political thought and/or political debate.
guardian.co.uk — Wednesday's autumn statement will be full of big numbers and arguments about fairness. But Monday's report from Margaret Hodge's public accounts committee on how the biggest companies dodge their fair share of taxes is incendiary, huge in its implications, and ought for once to unite politicians from all sides.
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