Chris Bryant

Chris Bryant MP writes a column for The Independent

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Don't rely on wishful thinking to bring about a better world. Get your own hands dirty

I want to shout, “Wake up!” in every liberal or leftish ear

Tom Daley breaks his silence on his new romance in an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show

Please don’t turn Tom Daley into a role model

My fear is that public exposure and the natural inclination to turn him into some kind of icon will unhinge his life unnecessarily

It’s the book-buying season. And no wonder, given the joy of a proper read

There’s no experience like sitting alongside a character for hundreds of pages

The Rhondda, where programme makers from MTV UK want to film The Valleys

Don’t dismiss teenagers until I’ve told you about the ones in the Rhondda

Public perceptions of young people are completely at variance with reality

Argentina couldn’t rewrite its history, and neither can the Conservatives

Memory is precious in politics; something  Labour lost sight of in 2010

Hugo Lloris stays on the field during Tottenham's draw with Everton despite being having earlier lost consciousness

From sport to politics, male assertiveness is getting out of hand

PMQs was never intended to be the bear pit it has become

31 October 2013: Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the Open Government Partnership conference at the QE2 Conference Centre in London

There’s nothing ‘tough’ about Cameron’s decisions. It’s what he wants to do

“We’ve made tough decisions”: The Coalition’s infuriating mantra

Phone hacking was bad enough when newspapers did it – but governments?

It’s so easy to hack a phone that you’d have to be particularly naive to be shocked that the Americans may have been listening in to world leaders

A Westminster Life: These local cuts are dismantling the last vestiges of civil society

In my little patch of the Valleys five libraries will close

David Cameron prepares the speech for his keynote address

David Cameron's baiting of the BBC may betray a wider strategy

We learnt quite a lot at PMQs. But the most intriguing revelation was the Prime Minister's dig at the beeb

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