Op-Ed-Hull, UK; Assem Allam is a local businessman, originally from Egypt. He is owner of the local Football League Championship team, Hull City.
This week Allam has been in the news following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party.
Often business and the big money it makes do not go hand in hand with the Labour party, a political party of socialist origins.
But in this case it does, or rather it did; multi-millionaire Allam has been one of Labour's top donors but that could be about to change. He is not happy that Corbyn was elected party leader but it was a democratic election when all is said and done.
Whether Corbyn fans would have supported the party had one of the other candidates won the leadership election is not known; probably not in some cases but that is immaterial.
Corbyn is party leader and we all have to work with what we have and that means giving the people's choice a fair chance.
As always Mr Allam is prepared to put his money where his mouth is and has said he will fund Labour MP's who want to break away from the party and either form a new more left of centre party of even swing over and join the Liberal Democrats.
New Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron believes his party could be onto a winner following Corbyn's victory.
He has hinted at conversations with disenfranchised Labour MPs who may make the jump to the Lib Dems.
Division has been done before though and it did not work.
A so-called 'gang of four' split to form the Social Democratic party in 1981. Four senior Labour Party 'moderates' broke to form the SDP; they were Roy Jenkins, David Owen, Bill Rodgers and Shirley Williams.
They also believed that Labour had become too left-wing for its own good much like some Corbyn doubters in September 2015.
For the two general elections that followed they joined forces in an alliance with the Liberal Party and in 1988 formed the Social and Liberal Democrats. The Liberal Democrats were formed in the late 80's.
All the breakaway from Labour achieved was to help the Tories and Thatcher to political success, rip apart Labour and setback Labour's political success for years.
Surely current Labour party representatives should take a lesson from history?
Labour must know that 'together we are stronger' as after all the right-wing live by a very different adage 'divide and conquer'?
The gang of four proved they were not worthy Labour party representatives when they caused a huge rift for their own ends.
So let those not worthy in 2015 go their own way but do not let them try to con you that it is for the good of all.
Mr Allam is used to getting his own way for a price. He has already been defeated in his quest to change the name of Hull City to the Tigers which is the team’s nickname locally. Allam wants the change as he believes it will bring financial success by way of marketing.
He may be right that "rebranding the club is the only way to bring in new investment from overseas" but the FA and fans do not agree.
With the help of people power Hull City remains Hull City.
Can people power save Labour from his attack?
Opinion: I voted for Andy Burnham in the leadershup race. I am happy he was man enough to accept a job in the cabinet and respect the vote.
Corbyn is party leader and unless he does something dreadful he has my support. Does he have yours?
Jul7, 2016 as the pathetic Labour coup rumbles on the Canary has reported on Assem Allam
If you have a vote in the Labour leadership election and are still dithering about who you think will be the best person to lead the party time is running out.
This paid up Labour member voted as soon as she received voting papers; she voted online as it saves the Labour party much needed money as opposed to using a postal vote.
Curious who got my vote? Well if you have read earlier posts you should know that Andy Burnham is my choice for leading the Labour party for the next five years and to election success in 2020.
My vote for deputy went to Tom Watson as for me the two men will complement each other well partly as they differ rather than being one and the same.
Any election has risks and the Labour party could become stronger or disappear into political oblivion unless they can attract voters.
People who vote with political allegiance to the same party are a dying breed-I am a one.
Five years down the road floating voters, some who may have had a say in the 2015 Labour leader election as a cut-price affiliated member, may have swanned off to pastures new; many after all vote with their wallet and opt for the party that is offering them personally the best deal.
But the political landscape is changing and as time moves on it is out with the old and in with the new; that can be a mixed blessing as new is not always best and neither is rehashed politics.
The Labour party has to hope that the swell in party members, mainly due to the leadership race, has longevity.
Many voting age adults in the UK never exercise their right to vote. If real change in British politics is imminent that will have to change.
As the older generation gradually shuffle off the young need to step up to the mark.
Jeremy Corbyn in many ways offers old style Labour politics and traditionally they did not lead to General Election success. But with a new generation of voters 'coming of age' perhaps it is time to go full circle and back to the party’s socialist roots.
However if that leads to a Labour party split, ineffective opposition of term after term of Conservative government what is the point of principles?
The Labour party need the right mix of principles, heart and election friendly policies to win in 2020.
As I cannot see into the future the conclusion at this time has to be Andy Burnham, as party leader, with Tom Watson, as deputy, leading a winning team in 2020.
Note: In the Labour leadership elections, you have until 12 noon on Thursday September 10 to cast your vote. The new Leader and Deputy Leader will be announced on Saturday September 12-use your votes well.
The candidates for leader are Andy Burnham, Jeremy Corbyn, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall.
Op-Ed: Can you trust a politician with aspirations?
I guess the answer is that you have to as that is all you can do in many cases. However as those with political ambitions tap into your psyche promises drip off tongues like rain water from a broken roof but are they just meaningless words?
In the U.K. Labour leadership hopeful, veteran politician Jeremy Corbyn, and his team, has come up with a range of policies aimed at appealing to grassroots left-wing supporters but how many are practical?
When you are an aspiring politician such as Jeremy Corbyn, the early rank outsider who struggled to be nominated to be a Labour leadership candidate and whom now looks a clear favourite to win, there is little to lose and everything to gain.
Corbyn has been the Labour party rebel from within for years; aged 66 it surely must be fair to say that this could be his last shot at party leadership; the Corbyn faithful do not like his age mentioned but it must be noted. If he becomes the new party leader he will be 71 at the next U.K. general election.
A political party is a movement and coming together of like-minded individuals so the new leader will need to unite the Labour party as a priority but Corbyn may have an adverse effect.
Jeremy Corbyn wants to find a 'kinder politics' which is very much in the spirit of a true Labour party but at this stage that is just words.
That along with promises as shown below will tap into left-wing values but are they practical?
'A lower welfare bill' is according to Corbyn 'achievable through investment and growth, not squeezing the least well-off and cutting child tax credits' but is it?
That certainly sounds more palatable than the Tories welfare cuts; it may also sound a more appealing view than the other candidates who accept there should be some welfare budget cuts.
But talking the talk and walking the walk are different matters.
Corbyn promises 'straight talking, honest politics' but do they really exist?
He could be a great Labour party leader or he could be a disaster; by the time we know it will be too late to win a general election in 2020.
With all four candidates there is an element of risk but with Corbyn there is a huge risk and that is that we are in for decades of Tory misrule.
A couple of headlines from Islington News today:
Jeremy Corbyn: My radical plan for the arts will make Britain happier
Jeremy Corbyn pledges £500m to reverse cuts to arts
If you have read earlier reports here you will know that Andy Burnham has been my choice from day one and has received my first preference vote.
Voting papers dropped through my door Monday but I opted to follow the easy instructions and voted online.
It was quick, more convenient and as the Labour bumf explained costs the Labour Party less money.
If you believe that Labour is swimming in Union cash think again and stop reading Rupert Murdoch's and other right-wing publications.
Compared to the over-funded Conservatives the Labour Party is a poor relation. That is because Labour's policies and politicians by and large work for the good of all but particularly the poor and vulnerable of the U.K.
These supporters are not able to throw thousands of pounds at the party in effect purchasing government.
If you are still deciding who to vote for in the leadership race you have until noon Thursday September 10 to make up your mind and vote.
Don't dither too long though.
If you vote online it is in my opinion a much easier process though it will not be available to all.
The vote here in Hull includes:
But, in our insecure, modern world, for far too many people, these dreams are dying.
Opinion: Burnham is the one candidate that has broad appeal, in the north and the south, who can help the Labour Party formulate policies which will win the 2020 General Election.
The above is only a small part of his manifesto in the leadership campaign.
Check it out in full here and share your opinion with the #andy4leader team.
It follows his visit to Leeds, Yorkshire, earlier this week and focuses on the next U.K. general election scheduled for 2020;
Corbyn harnesses Northern voices to make the case for investing in the North