September Favourites 2016

Beauty

Two Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighter

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I bought this highlighter back in June but haven’t used it until the end of September. BUT, it is so beautiful that I had to feature this on my September favourites even though I’ve been loving it for a few days! This highlighter is absolutely stunning and gives the cheeks such a beautiful brightened glow. I don’t know why I haven’t used it sooner! Two Faced products are all so beautifully packaged and I am just in love with the pink theme. It just looks so girly and elegant. When you open it, it has two different colours, a white and a subtle pink. Mix this both with the Real Techniques highlighting brush, and you get such a lovely glow. It is £25 but worth the price (for me anyway as highlighters last a very long time for me!)

TV

Stage School

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I wanted to see what this show was about as it looked quite good from the trailer. I watched the first episode and I found it so cringeworthy! It is based around students at D&B performing arts school in Bromley about all the going-ons inside the school, such as girl drama, boy drama and everyone competing to audition to get a role in a certain part in a music band, a play or dance.  The thing is, it is so bad but so good that I am hooked! I have been watching all the episodes so far. It airs weekdays on E4 at 19:30. The most ironic thing about it is that even though it is a reality show, it seems very much set up and the majority of the students cannot act or sing. In the middle and at the very end of each episode, one student breaks into a song, singing a current chart hit, performing in a music video. It’s so cringe and that’s the only word I can use to describe it – but for some reason, I just cannot stop watching it!

Fashion

Cat Ear Headbands

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I have been loving wearing cat ear headbands this month. They are so cute and goes perfectly with my style!

Politics

US Presidential Election Debate

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US politics is rare for me to talk about but this election has got everyone interested because of one man – Donald Trump. I watched the debate versus Trump and Clinton and I found it very much amusing. Hilary seemed to keep her cool by laughing at whatever Trump said. I really loved the part when Hilary talked about Trump avoiding tax in his past and he replied by saying “At least I was smart about it.” It just made me laugh! I know what the world thinks about trump but you’ve got to give him credit for how much he has changed politics and has something else to offer. Half of the American people are gravitating towards him so he must be offering something that no other US presidents have. I think he actually has a chance to win. Today, especially in Britain, we have seen a dramatic change in politics within the last few months, so there is every chance Trump could be president. What other past presidential candidates caused as much debate as Trump has? It is certainly an exciting time but definitely a scary prospect. Covering the US election at work is also very interesting and I am learning a lot.

Labour Leadership

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Now, politics over here is hardly uneventful these days. This month, we found out who has won the Labour leadership contest (for the second time) at their conference in Liverpool. It was Jeremy Corbyn v Owen Smith – and of course, with a massive majority, Corbyn has won it again, with even more votes than last year. Again, it is an exciting time, especially to be working in politics, because things have dramatically changed. With more than half of his MPs seem to disagree with him on a lot of things, who knows what is next for the party. Will they “unite” as they all keep saying or will the squabbles continue?

Music

The Weeknd Ft. Daft Punk – Starboy

I have never been into The Weeknd, but I came across this song at the gym on Spotify and fell in love with it. Definitely a song to blast out in the car. Love it.

How did I get into the BBC?

Many people are interested in how I got to where I am today, career wise, so it is about time I reveal all. Especially because it is now exactly one year that I have been holding down a job at the BBC – so it seems rather relevant to be writing this now (as I have been thinking about writing something on this for months!).

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I don’t even know where to start to be honest. Many people ask me, how on earth did I manage to get into the BBC so very quickly at a very young age. Fresh out of university at the age of 21 and I get my first ever paid job on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, which was literally a dream come true – considering the Today programme was one of my dream programme’s to work for.

But, lets rewind back to university. I was an undergraduate at City University London from 2011 – 2014. Being on a media/journalism based course, we were encouraged to take on as many work experience placements in the media as we can. Now, back in 2013, I wrote a piece on ‘Is work experience worth it?’ and ‘How to find work experience placements and internships’ – so do have a read.

Half way through my first year, I luckily got accepted on a month work experience at BBC Radio 4. Since then, I made contacts and shadowed BBC Radio’s 1, 2 and 6 Music. Bearing in mind, my passion back then was radio.

I kept seeking for more work experience. I didn’t mind if it was unpaid – I just wanted to get as much experience as I can so that it can benefit me after I leave university. Month after month, I emailed radio stations and production companies asking for work experience. Long story short, that same year, I did work experience at Absolute Radio, Whistledown Productions for BBC Radio, Channel 4 and LBC. Not just that, I also got involved with the media team at uni. I took part in student radio and also became one of the editors of the university magazine.

During uni, I also had my own radio show at London’s youth station Roundhouse Radio, from the Roundhouse venue itself. The station matched me with a professional mentor to help me with my university to career transition (bearing in mind this was now my final year at uni) and luckily my mentor was from the Today programme – which I was honestly over the moon about. Big shout out to Steven (you know who you are, I wouldn’t be where I am today without his help!!).

Whilst being in the midst of writing my dissertation, I was also preparing for life after university. I was so terrified of being unemployed. I hear a lot of stories about people graduating and then failing to find a job. I was rather lucky to have a mentor, who did help me with my CV and covering letters and also recommended people I should speak to and most importantly reassured me that I have enough experience to get a job and not to worry.

One thing I mustn’t forget is getting my CV professionally done. Trust me, it is so worth it. I have never been so proud of my CV until I got it done by a rather amazing company so I do highly recommend it.

My mentor recommended I speak to someone at the Today programme so I sent my CV and a covering letter in an email. I got a reply back saying to come and have a chat with them and I was offered a two week trial period – which was basically shadowing someone for two weeks and then see where I go from there. I trained and after two weeks, I got myself a two month contract with the Today programme as a Broadcast Assistant, mainly handling Today’s website and social media. Of course, waking up at 4am every morning was incredibly difficult but I really didn’t mind, considering I was being made to wake up to work on a programme that I love.

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 20.41.48After the Today programme, I went straight onto work for BBC News Online, for the Digital Video team (which I still do) and became a Broadcast Journalist (my current title). Then lots of other opportunities came up as I approached some of my favourite programmes including The Andrew Marr Show and Daily & Sunday Politics (current programmes I work for). As my background is within online, I look after their website and social media presence.

One of my highlights of working for the BBC is playing a huge role for BBC’s coverage of the 2015 General Election. During the campaign leading up to polling day, I covered a lot for BBC Politics (online) and worked closely with the Daily Politics debates. I was a Results Inputter on results night/day, inputting the results which went straight on-air.

At work, I have met the most amazing people/colleagues. I met rather big people including Prime Minister David Cameron and lots of others. Never thought things like that would happen to me.

This is not a 9-5 job. Some days I am up at 4am for a 6am start. Sometimes I start around 2pm and finish at midnight. Sometimes I am even working overnight. It is not easy and it is not structured, but I honestly wouldn’t change it for the world.

Without knowing the right people and getting as much experience as I could beforehand, I wouldn’t have been able to get those jobs. Contacts is key in this industry. You will get rejected. I was rejected many time before I got into the BBC but I persevered. I never gave up because this was my dream. This is my dream. I am determined to do more, experience more, learn more – so this is the beginning of an amazing journey. 
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Spring Favourites 2014!

Well, it has been a while! I have been rather busy with university and final exams and deadlines but now university is over (university experience blog post coming soon) I thought I should ease my way into blogging by doing a Spring favourites as it is nearly Summer!

These are the things that I have been loving this Spring.

Skincare 

Manuka Doctor Products – My skin has been rather amazing recently and I do think it is to do with this new brand I have discovered. I needed some natural products because I have sensitive skin and came across Manuka Doctor in Holland & Barrett. I decided to buy all the apiclear range – the face cleanser, moisturiser and blemish cream (on a whim) and I have been using them for about three months now and I love it so much. They are expensive but they are so good. Ever since I have been using them, my skin has been amazing and I have had no breakouts. Amazing. This has replaced my homemade face masks that I used to make with Manuka honey. It is made with natural ingredients so amazing for acne-prone skin. I am on my third purchase of all the products and I will continue to buy them as long as it does its job! You can also find them in Superdrug.

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Beauty 

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Foundation – I have changed up my foundation and found this amazing one. I will always love my Estee Lauder Double Wear but the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions foundation has been a winner for me this Spring. It gives great coverage (I may do a review on this) and feels very light on my skin. Photo-friendly too.

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Tanya Burr Lips & Nails – I love Tanya Burr and have been watching her on YouTube for years. She has brought out a lip gloss and a nail polish range and I decided to buy some. I gravitate towards red lip and nail colours so I bought the red nail polish in ‘Riding Hood’ and the red lip gloss in ‘Heart Skipped a Beat’. I love the lip gloss and wear it everyday now. I love the colour of the nail polish and how it looks on my nails however, it chips very easily and by about two to three days, half of the colour is gone. So that was quite disappointing but I have been loving the lip gloss and may buy some more of the lip-glosses.

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Music

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots – Damon has finally gone solo anda few weeks ago he released he debut solo album called ‘Everyday Robots’. It is absolutely beautiful. My favourite songs from the album are ‘Hostiles’, ‘The Selfish Giant’ and ‘My Tembo’. 

Lily Allen – Sheezus – Another new album. I have been really loving Lily’s comeback album called ‘Sheezus’. It is really catchy, very funny and quite cool too. I love the songs ‘Insincerely Yours’ and ‘Take My Place’. 

Autumn Favourites 2013

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It is nearly the end of Autumn, so I thought I would start a ‘season favourites’ series. Below are some of my favourites from this Autumn.

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Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant – I really have been loving this exfoliant this Autumn. Rather than repeating myself, I have reviewed this product right here, so please do check that out if you are interested.

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Urban Decay – Toasted (Eyeshadow) – I use my Urban Decay Naked Palette all year round to be honest but this Autumn, I have basically hit the pan with ‘Toasted.’ I love this eyeshadow so much and I use it with ‘Sin’ and they both look amazing together.

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Fashion

Miss Selfridge Coat – I bought this coat for Autumn and I basically lived in it this Autumn, so it was not a waste of money. I am getting a lot of wear out of it that inside one of the pockets, it has started to tear up! I do need to get that sewed back.

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Johnny Marr gig  – On the 18th October, I went to see Johnny Marr for the second time this year (third time including the time when I met him at a signing). For those who don’t know, Johnny Marr (along with Noel Gallagher and a few others) is a hero of mine and someone who made me pick a guitar when I was 13 and inspires me like no other. He played the Roundhouse in Camden and he was absolutely wonderful as usual. He played all the great new ones and also some Smiths ones too. My highlight was when he played ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’ and Electronic’s ‘Getting Away With It.’ Just stunning. At the end of the gig, I managed to get his setlist and his plectrum. So, not a bad gig!

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Avril Lavigne album – I have been loving (and still am) the new self-titled album by Avril Lavigne. When Goodbye Lullaby came out in 2011, I basically overplayed it weeks on end as soon as it came out and never got sick of it and I have been doing the same with this new album. My favourite songs include ‘Hush Hush’ ‘Hello Kitty’ ‘Falling Fast’ ‘Hello Heartache’ and ‘Give You What You Like.’ Oh, I love all of them! It is difficult to choose. A wonderful album.

Little Mix album ‘Salute’ – Another album I have been loving is Little Mix’s new album. I think they are fabulous and my favourite song from the album has to be ‘Little Me’ as the song says exactly what I would say to my younger self, to speak out, to shout out and believe in myself a bit more. The unplugged version on the Deluxe album is beautiful.

Books

Morrissey: Autobiography – Morrissey’s autobiography was released this Autumn and I am still in the middle of reading it but enjoying it very much indeed. I don’t know why it is classed as a Penquin Classic though (I did an item on this on my recent radio show.) I like Marr more than Morrissey so I am not that much of a fan of Mozza himself but this book really is very interesting and I am quite intrigued as to how he remembers everything that happened when he was little. It is a great book however and you get to find out a lot about the man himself.

Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography – Sir Alex Ferguson also released his autobiography a week after Morrissey released his and they were both basically battling each other for the ‘top sellers’ in Waterstones weeks after they came out. My last post was a review of this book and you can check that out here. When I bought this book, everyone wanted to read this book after me as most of my family are Manchester United fans. This book is a very interesting book and I highly recommend it.

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Other Favourites

The Reith Lectures (BBC Radio 4) – Discussing the aspects of modern art, Grayson Perry was the lecturer of this years Reith Lectures and although I am not interested in art, the lectures were highly insightful and every year, I seem to enjoy these lectures more and more.

BBC Question Time (BBC One) – Question Time is my favourite and every Thursday, I force myself to stay awake to watch it. This Autumn, I think my favourite was the one where Nigel Farage was on the panel along with Vicky Pryce.

Autumn Party Conferences – This seems like ages ago now, but in the beginning of Autumn, I was hooked to the political party conferences kicking off with the Liberal Democrats, then Labour, then UKIP and then finally the Conservative Party Conference. I reviewed the main speeches from each leader (except Nigel Farage) and George Osborne’s keynote speech on my blog but the UKIP conferences was definitely a weird one with the whole controversy over Godfrey Bloom. I still cannot get over this (video below) and my little brother and I know the whole dialogue by heart.

Conservative Party Conference 2013: Osborne “We have a serious plan for a grown-up country”

At his speech today in the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Chancellor George Osborne set out what he called a “serious plan for a grown-up country”.

Sporting a new haircut and speaking in a rather mature and serious tone, he said Britain’s economy was turning a corner, but admitted that cutting the deficit was a big concern. He said the “battle to turn Britain around, is not even close to being over. We are going to finish what we have started.”

He said his aim was to achieve a financial ‘surplus’ in the next parliament and to grow capital spending in line with GDP.

The big plan was of course his help to work scheme – which will put the long-term unemployed into work before they receive any benefits. No work, no benefits. He said: “No one will be ignored or left without help but no one will get something for nothing” which of course is a typical Conservative aim unlike Labour.

“Help to work – and in return work for the dole. Because a fair welfare system is fair to those who need it and fair to those who pay for it too” he told conference.

A political speech would not be complete or even normal without a few jokes and some digs at other parties. Making the conference laugh, he took a swipe at both the Liberal Democrats and Labour, including the Miliband brothers. He described Ed and David as “the greatest sibling rivalry since the Bible. Cain and not-very-able.”

He hit back at Labour’s plan to tackle the “cost of living” crisis. He said: “What matters most for living standards are jobs and low mortgage rates and lower taxes.” He then added: “without a credible economic plan, you simply don’t have a living standards plan.”

He said that the Conservatives had done more than any other party for small business owners and added: “We are nothing, if we are not the party for small business.”

His speech was rather positive although it was not as enthusiastic as Ed Balls’ speech at the Labour Conference last week. Osborne was thinking to the future instead of wallowing in past mistakes. He still has a lot to prove and still has a long way to go to win over the public to his policies. He and David Cameron hope to, as the Tories always say, “clean up the mess” that Labour have left. Sticking to the same tune like they always do. Is Osborne out of touch or is the mess that Labour left actually the problem of this economic slowdown?

Labour Party Conference 2013: Miliband “We’re Britain…we’re better than this.”

One Nation Labour was created by Ed Miliband exactly a year ago. Today, he brought it back.

At his speech at the Labour Party conference in Brighton today, his main slogan was “Britain can do better than this….we are better this.” The way he tried to show that Labour can do better than this if they win the next general election is by pledging quite unique policies, such as freezing gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017. He said energy firms had been overcharging for too long and it was time to reset the market. “Your bills will be frozen, benefiting millions of families and millions of businesses. That’s what I mean by a government that fights for you. That’s what I mean when I say Britain can do better than this.”

This speech seemed to be something that Miliband wanted to stick to people’s minds. He wanted people to remember why he is the leader of the Labour Party and why Labour should be back in government. The way he did that was again, starting a slogan, a catchphrase, that he kept on repeating throughout the speech in hopes that people will listen. Once again, he had no script. Memorising his whole speech like last year, he spoke with enthusiasm and passion.

“Race to the top” was a phrase that he repeated many times after saying how the Tories are always failing and going down instead of up. He said “We’ve never believed in the race to the bottom. We believe in the race to the top.”

He stuck to what he believes about not going to war, referring to the chemical weapons debate in Syria.

After admitting that he was never someone who is “macho” on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, he did take quite a U-turn and almost tried to be macho at this speech. He said “Here’s the thing about David Cameron: He may be strong when it comes to the weak. But he’s always weak when it comes to the strong.” Claiming that Labour can do a better job than the Tories. he had a message for them.  He said “If they want to have a debate about leadership and character, be my guest.”

He quite rightly pointed out all the things that Cameron has done wrong in this Coalition. He told the conference that Cameron sided with the Murdoch’s, tobacco lobbyists and millionaires. He said Cameron introduced the bedroom tax but Labour will repeal.

He also talked about mental health stigma and why we should be able to talk about it openly. “It’s an afterthought in our health system,” he told the conference audience.  This is not a policy as such but he is absolutely right. Mental health issues is never talked about as often as it should be. It is something that matters. After receiving a letter from a 17 year old who suffers from anxiety and depression, he said we should be able to talk about this stuff as it does happen.

On the subject of health, he then went onto talk about the NHS.  “It is the same old story: We rescue the NHS. The Tories wreck it. We have to rescue it all over again. And we will.”

This speech was full of policies after polices. Like last year, he pledged to do many things, but the question is always this – Will he be able to deliver? Is this all talk to win voters or is Ed Miliband the future prime minister we all dream of?

How I Got Into Journalism & Advice On How To Get Into Journalism

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People often ask me how I got into journalism so I thought I would do a blog post on it about both broadcast and print journalism and my top tips on how to get into journalism yourself.

I actually have no idea how I got into journalism to be honest because I just sort of fell into it. I did not ever say, “When I grow up, I want to be a journalist.” Not really.  I wanted to be a teacher (as most kids do), a singer, a dancer….I knew I always wanted to work in the media industry, specifically music but that has died down now and I will talk about that a bit more in a bit.

I always remember being fascinated by the news and what is going on in the world. When I was little, I watched and listened to newsreaders on TV and on the Radio and tried to imitate them. I always wondered what it would be like to be a newsreader, a TV presenter or a radio presenter…but I always felt like I could never be those things because of my lack of confidence and so I just turned to writing and music instead, which was easier as I am not much of a speaker.

Writing has always been one of my main passions. I can articulate myself better in writing rather than speaking. I used to keep a diary. My diary went everywhere with me. It was a very useful way of letting my feelings out. It kind of was my only friend – do excuse the cliché. The reason why, was because I always felt rather misunderstood and so when I wrote things down, I felt like I was getting it all off my chest and therefore felt better. Also, my diary (along with music) was a big part of my life when I was being bullied and my times in psychiatric units. It helped, a lot.

There has been a lot of studies showing a correlation between creativity and mental illnesses and I can definitely vouch for that. Writing has always been a release for me.

I would not say my favourite subject in school was English, however I did get a good grade in my English GCSE and I enjoyed a lot of the coursework. I love writing essays. I remember writing a GCSE English essay about something to do with the media and I got an A on that piece – my first ever A that I have ever got in my life and I was proud of it. I then realised that I am rather good at writing. I was praised by teachers saying how well written my essays are and that really gave me a bit of confidence – I actually was good at something.

Because I enjoyed music and had a passion for radio, I wanted to work in music radio or become a music journalist writing for a magazine. I started a blog and wrote about music – reviewing music/bands etc… but I just was not happy with it. I did not feel like I was getting anywhere with it and I did not enjoy it.

During my stint at BBC Radio 4 , I really got into news and politics. I met rather intellectual people everyday there such as newsreaders, producers, journalists, presenters, philosophers, politicians and authors. It was then when I felt like this is what I want to do. I want to make news and current affairs programmes for a speech radio station such as Radio 4. I want to create news and inform people.

Music really at that point, did not matter to be anymore. Well, of course it mattered but not in a career sense. I love music and always will, but I do not want to work in that industry anymore.

I remember a lot of the Tony Blair years. I was only little but the Blair era stood out as a lot of things happened in that Labour government, overshadowed by the Iraq war. News was on everyday in the house and Blair was not that popular in our house. Gordon Brown years were absolutely ridiculous too. I was not heavily into politics then but Brown absolutely destroyed the government.

However, when I visited the Houses of Parliament and saw how the House of Commons looks in real life – I pretty much fell in love with it.

I am following the Coalition government very closely and since Radio 4 and my time at LBC, I have quite an obsession with politicians and how they think, how they act, their policies. I have developed this kind of analytical mind about politicians and I love writing about UK politics. I actually would love to work at Westminister as a politician’s assistant. How weird. I do not support and have never supported a particular party because being a journalist has taught me to be impartial. I would not want to be political journalist though as I love writing about various things, as you can see by this blog.

Putting politics aside, I have realised that I love storytelling, I love writing, I love reading and I love meeting interesting people. I love informing people about certain issues. It does take a lot of guts to do what with having issues with anxiety but in order to be a journalist, you have to talk which is what I am working on and journalism is my own personal journey to getting better and conquering a lot of fears.

Something that has helped me emotionally has become something that I made into a job now, which is absolutely amazing.

So, these are my top tips if you want to become a journalist yourself…

Be Passionate

Obviously, if you want to become a journalist, you really have to know your stuff – you have to be on the ball all the time – watching, listening and reading the news everyday. Attend events. Go to the scene of the crime. Take notes. You have to be passionate about news and getting a story out there.

Write

Start a blog and write whatever you are passionate about. I do not write about something that I am not interested in. I write about something that really interests me and if I have something to say.

Read

If you know me, you would know that newspapers have always been something that I have read ever since I was little. I love newspapers and I have a collection of newspapers (mostly The Independent), including magazines too. Read as much as you can. Books, newspapers, magazines, online articles etc… It really helps with learning.

Work Experience/Internships/Graduate Trainee Schemes

I do not think I would be a journalist now if I have never done a work placement at a place as big as the BBC. You must have some kind of work experience in order to get some practical skills. Apply at the BBC, your local radio station, magazine, newspaper – anywhere to get your foot in the door.

If you have graduated from university, apply for Graduate schemes. The BBC provide a Journalism Trainee Scheme. Many top journalists have been on that scheme.

University

Not everyone who is a journalist is a graduate but most journalists that I have met have some kind of degree behind them. Most top journalists have a postgraduate degree but of course, that is not essential. It is good to have a degree anyway – it will definitely be easier to get a job in the field.

Volunteer

If you are at university, volunteer at your student radio station or write for your student magazine. Get involved with your community radio station or your community magazine. Get a few articles published and keep them for your portfolio.

Have Ideas, Be Creative and Most of All Learn How To Write A Good Pitch

When you are a journalist, you have to constantly write pitches to Editors. It could be for a newspaper, a magazine, a radio station and television. I was not prepared for the amount of pitches I will need to write. Everyone wants an idea. Something unique. You need to be creative and you need to learn how to write a good pitch. When I feel like I am good at pitches, I will be sure to write a blog post on it.

And Finally…Be Persistent

You will get a lot of rejections. There is no question about that. You will just have to keep on going. It takes a long time to get to where you want. You cannot give up!

Liberal Democrat Conference 2013: Clegg “I want us to stay in government.”

The Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference in Glasgow came to an end today after Nick Clegg’s rather confident and engaging speech. These last five days have been a great few days for Clegg and his party and today, his speech rounded the conference up remarkably well.

There was a theme to his speech. It was focused more on them trying to stay in government and how Lib Dems should be represented in government rather than on anything else, although he touched on many relative issues such as Syria and the EU.

He spoke with pride as he mentioned the legality of gay marriage and about the growing economy. He said “The country is growing stronger by the day. Stable, successful coalition. The recovery wouldn’t be happening without us.” However, he spoke about joining forces with either parties again and said  “Labour would wreck the recovery. The Conservatives would give us the wrong kind of recovery. Only the Liberal Democrats can finish the job and finish it in a way that is fair.”

One thing what he said that stood out to most people was that he identified his party as a party that is different to Labour and the Conservatives. “The Liberal Democrats are not some subset of the Labour or Tory parties. We have our own values, our own liberal beliefs”

He did not announce any new policies after yesterday’s big announcement on free lunches for all children in their first three years at school in England, to which perhaps he thought would be a great way to bring in more Lib Dem voters, as in more families.

He spoke about his own family. His personal beliefs. His education. His wife. How he likes to keep Westminister and his personal life private. How he sees Ed Miliband and David Cameron personally, not just politically.

This speech clearly showed that Clegg wants voters to see that they are not going anywhere. People thought that the Coalition would be a disaster but he said the Lib Dems have proved them wrong. They can in fact, handle a government and people need to have a bit more faith in them. The speech was about him as a leader, a prime minister to-be and not just a deputy.

He tried to show that the Lib Dems are not weak and that things are working the way that it should be and the Lib Dems are now at where they should have been before.

But was this enough? Has he won over voters or has he just made people interpret his bid to stay in government in a different way – such as if you do not vote for me this time round, then I will resign.

Should The Government Ban Muslim Women From Wearing Veils?

Jeremy Browne, a Liberal Democrat has said that the government should consider banning Muslims girls from wearing the veil (Niqab) in public places. He said that there needs to be a national debate about whether the state should step in to protect young women from having the veil “imposed” on them.

This comes after the decision by Birmingham Metropolitan College to drop a ban on the Muslim students from wearing full-face veils, which caused a public protest.

Mr Browne said he is “instinctively uneasy” about banning behaviour, but suggested the measure may still be necessary to ensure freedom of choice for girls in Muslim communities.

He told The Daily Telegraph, “People of liberal instincts will have competing notions of how to protect and promote freedom of choice. I am instinctively uneasy about restricting the freedom of individuals to observe the religion of their choice. That would apply to Christian minorities in the Middle East just as much as religious minorities here in Britain.

“But there is genuine debate about whether girls should feel a compulsion to wear a veil when society deems children to be unable to express personal choices about other areas like buying alcohol, smoking or getting married. We should be very cautious about imposing religious conformity on a society which has always valued freedom of expression.”

Mr Browne spoke as Nick Clegg prepared to speak at the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow. Speaking at the conference today, Clegg said “I think one of the great things about our country is that we allow people to express their identity, their faith, the communities to which they belong in the way in which they dress.

“There are some exceptions clearly. I don’t for instance think it is appropriate to have the full veil through security checks at airports. I think there is an issue about teachers having the right to address their pupils and their students face-to-face and make face contact. But otherwise I really do think it is important that we protect the British principle that as long as people are law-abiding citizens going about their business in a law-abiding fashion, we shouldn’t be telling people what garments of clothing they can wear.”

People I have spoke to have said they think banning girls from wearing the veil is a form of religious discrimination. However, some think that girls under the age of 16, should not be wearing the veil because they are not at the age of fully understanding the reasons behind wearing it and agreeing with Mr Browne, they feel girls are often “imposed” to wear it.

What do you think? This debate is a controversial one but definitely something that people from all sides have a view on.

“Fantastic leader, not the most vibrant” says Blunkett

Labour leader Ed Miliband has been getting pressure from every angle recently from voters saying he should not lead the party in the next General Election along with his Labour peers saying he needs to work even harder to win back voters.

Today, two senior Labour figures expressed their concern about Labour’s problems in getting their message across to voters.

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett compared Miliband to former post-war Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee who he said was a “fantastic leader” but “wasn’t the most vibrant” public performer.

Former Chancellor, Alistair Darling also raised concerns that the party have not done much to get a clear message across to voters. Speaking to BBC’s Hard Talk programme, he said “I think everybody in my party is pretty focused on the fact that come this Autumn you need to start making it pretty clear to people what would the difference be if you come to the general election and vote for a different government.”

Miliband is now struggling to get back in control after complaints have also been made within the party over the shadow Cabinet’s failure to maintain a higher profile over the summer.

David Blunkett also expressed his concerns over Labour’s problems in connecting with the public by mentioning the recent complaint made by Lord Prescott, the former Deputy Prime Minister, that Labour had “massively failed” by not “holding the Tories to account.”

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme “There is frustration, but there is also a great deal of hope. I would accept what’s been said over the last few weeks, including the article by John Prescott on Sunday, that we need to work out how to get a higher profile in circumstances where it is very difficult to get a hearing.”

The ICM survey for The Daily Mirror shows that 46% of voters are backing Miliband to lead the party in 2015, while 34% think he is the wrong person for the leader role.

There are still people supporting him yet many are unsure whether he is strong enough for the role. Miliband should now find a new strategy to win back voters come the 2015 General Election or else Labour could possibly be in big trouble.