The last week has been jam-packed; from the People’s March for the NHS to my regular advice surgery, from the Furzedown Project AGM to Justice Questions in the House of Commons chamber, to name just a few. And tomorrow I’m off to the Balham and Tooting Community Association (BATCA) Fun Day, which is always one of the highlights of my year. I hope to see you there!
Whose NHS? Our NHS!
Over 15,000 people gathered in Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon to show their love and support for the NHS, as well as their concern for its future. The NHS is incredibly important to me, not just as the local MP, but also as a Dad, a son and as a husband, whose family have all relied on NHS services here in Wandsworth. It was a real honour to march side-by-side with fellow Londoners and NHS supporters, and address the crowd on what the NHS means to me and the Labour Party. You can read a piece I wrote about the march here.
Supporting older members of our community
Another highlight of my week was attending the Furzedown Project’s AGM. In case you’ve not been involved with the Project, they are based on Moyser Road and do a fantastic job of supporting the older members of our community. From home visits, to bingo, crafts and choir – the project provides a wide range of activities and support to help prevent elderly people feeling alone and isolated from our community. I always enjoy my visits to Mick and the team, and continue to be inspired by the hard work they do. The Project is going from strength to strength, with lots of exciting things to come in the next year. If you would like to find out more or would be interested in joining their team of volunteers click here.
Next Thursday the people of Scotland will go to the ballot box to vote on whether they want to leave the United Kingdom and form an independent Scotland.
I am a big supporter of devolution - and closer to home I believe that giving London more powers would improve the lives of Londoners no end. You can read an interview I took part in on this issue for the Guardian here. But when it comes to Scottish independence, I passionately believe we are better together. A strong Scottish Parliament and a strong United Kingdom are not mutually exclusive. We can have both, and benefit from the security and opportunities that the United Kingdom provides.
So this week I have been showing my support for preserving the union and it’s been great to see council’s across London raising the Saltire flag – sending a clear message – we are better together.
Until next time.