At the end of last week, I started my series of meetings around the country to talk to residents, community groups and interested parties about immigration. Here is the background to my visits. It's been very interesting so far. That, and much else, this week.
I started in Dudley and Wolverhampton where I met the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, the staff and students at Wolverhampton and 80 members of the public at the Upper Gornal Pensioners Club.
From there to Oldham for roundtable meetings and a visit to residents with clear views on immigration in their homes.
This week, before returning to the road, I led for Labour in three debates on refugees. I fear that when history books are written about this chapter of our history, this government’s response will go down as ‘too reluctant and too limited’.
The joint committee also reported on the government’s Investigatory Powers Bill – like the ISC report before it, critically: see my joint letter to the Home Secretary.
I also held a packed ‘meet your MP’ meeting at the Irish Centre in Camden Square, thanks to the very many locals who attended. A lively set of questions and discussion!
Back to the road on Thursday with visits to Middlesbrough and Newcastle where I met various community groups, party members and organisations working on migration issues.
And then Friday for an advice surgery held on the upper concourse of St Pancras station. Busy and chilly!