Summer is well underway and I hope you’ve been taking advantage of the glorious weather whether you’re home or away. Although Parliament is in recess, the work doesn’t stop and I’ll be in and around the constituency a lot more as Parliament isn’t in session. So if you see me out and about come and say hello, it would be great to put faces to names.
Monday marked the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims. Many Muslims around the world and here in Tooting celebrated Eid and so if you are part of that number, let me begin by wishing you Eid Mubarak! It’s not easy fasting in summer when you could really do with a cold drink of water – and here in London we have the fourth longest fast in the world! Muslims worldwide observe Ramadan as a means to discipline and reflection. To be grateful for the lives we live and to spare a thought for those less privileged and for whom three square meals a week let alone every day is a distant reality. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the generosity extended to me throughout the month, for the invitations to Iftar (meals shared to break the fast) and for the support I’ve received. Thank you.
What to do?
For anyone with children, cousins, nieces and nephews, you’ll know it can be a bit of a task keeping them entertained throughout the summer break. I’ve tried to do my bit to ease the load of planning new activities each day by creating a summer planner. The planner includes an activity for the children or the family to take part in for the day up until the 31st August. Some are free and some for a small fee. If the planner sounds like something that would be useful to you, click here to print a copy – why not stick it on the fridge? There’s something for everyone, the bookworm, the dancer, the art and crafts guru, the chef and future Erraid Davies!
This violence must end
This week, the death toll in the Gaza Strip exceeded 1400. The loss of human life is heartbreaking. More than 245,000 people have been forced from their homes. It is welcome that a temporary ceasefire appears to have been agreed but bitterly disappointing to hear that the current humanitarian ceasefire seems to have collapsed after just a few hours. As you know, the situation changes daily. I try and keep my website updated on developments and you can click here to find out the latest I am up to in this terribly distressing issue.
Until next time.