News and articles
Next October's vote on government's Brexit deal is too important for party whipping. MPs must be given a free vote https://t.co/6OepPX3pmy
Remember all those utopian promises of the Brexiteers? If they can't deliver them then they must be held to account https://t.co/mtZIG3O18F
Message to Brexiteers: When in a hole, stop digging... How to Stop Brexit (And Make Britain Great Again) is out now… https://t.co/H305Q4ika1
13th July 2017 The Commission for Inequality for Education, a cross-party initiative chaired by Nick, has published their final report. The report can be found here
Nick had a regular column in the Evening Standard from September 2015 - April 2017. All archived articles can be found here.
EVENING STANDARD COLUMN ARCHIVE
Financial Times Article: 'May’s Brexit stance has not softened but now it must'
15 April 2017
Newsnight: Nick visited the town in South Wales which has received some of the highest levels of EU subsidies in the U.K. to find out why the local people voted overwhelmingly to Leave. His film was aired on Newsnight and can be watched here.
28 March 2017
Observer Article: ‘On this we can all agree. Selection is bad for our schools’ – Piece with Nicky Morgan and Lucy Powell
19 March 2017
The Irish Times Article: ‘UK not taking seriously Brexit impact on Ireland’
13 February 2017
10 February 2017
17 January 2017
Financial Times: ‘May must put country first to make Brexit work’
7 January 2017
The Times Letter regarding the prison population with Ken Clarke and Jacqui Smith:
The recent violent unrest at HMP Birmingham is a wake-up call for this country.
Our prisons have become unacceptably dangerous places, with a 31 per cent increase in assaults in the last year alone. Every three days a prisoner commits suicide.
The three of us know, having served in different capacities in different governments, that all governments, of whatever political persuasion, have failed to grasp this nettle for far too long.
Since Michael Howard coined the phrase ‘prison works’ in 1993, the prison population in England and Wales has nearly doubled to more than 85,000. Yet almost half of adults are re-convicted within one year of release from prison. So the system isn't serving victims of crime or properly protecting our communities either.
We believe that an escalating prison population has now gone well beyond what is safe or sustainable. To restore order, security, and purpose to our jails, Ministers should now make it their policy to reduce prison numbers.
We want to see the prison population returned to the levels it was under Margaret Thatcher, herself no ‘soft touch’. That would mean eventually – not overnight, but safely over the course of several years – reducing prison numbers to around 45,000.
If the tide is not turned soon, the prisons crisis will do untold damage to wider society.
22 December 2016
The Sunday Times: ‘Here’s a chance for Mrs May to build a stronger, safer Europe’
13 November 2016
Financial Times: ‘The false promise of a free-trade paradise for Brexit Britain’
10 September 2016