Well, not quite a weekly update, but nonetheless an update!
It’s been busy on all fronts. As Shadow Immigration Minister, I had my first outing at the dispatch box two weeks ago and since then we have been busy in the Bill committee with witnesses and amendments. You can read my speech in the Immigration Bill debate here.
Meanwhile, I have been finishing unfinished business by introducing a Victims Bill in the Commons this week. Passed the first stage, I’m glad to say. You can read my speech here.
On the campaign front, I joined a big team out in Kentish Town this month, keeping up the monthly (in truth, fortnightly!) canvassing.
I broke off that day to attend the unveiling of a blue plaque for Boo Armstrong at the Women and Health Centre, 4 Carol Street. She was an inspirational figure, who did so much to run and grow the centre which offers affordable complementary therapies and counselling to women in Camden.
Boo, who died in 2012 from breast cancer, was a remarkable woman. As her sister, Franny told the audience, she arrived as an administrator and soon took over the running of the centre. Living on a barge, Moonshine, in the Cumberland Basin. It was clear her energy lit up the centre’s work.
And finally, I called an urgent open meeting for junior doctors last week. The meeting was very well attended and agreed four actions which will now be taken forward. They are:
- Write to Labour’s shadow health team asking them to put a bid in for a future opposition day debate to be on the junior doctors contract
- Shadow a junior doctor in the constituency (I know of a few other MPs who have done this and a couple of doctors at the event volunteered for you to join them on one of their rounds)
- Write to Sarah Wollaston, Chair of the Health Select Committee, calling on her to hold an inquiry into the junior doctors contract
- Organise a joint petition to Number 10/the Department of Health between Holborn and St Pancras and Hampstead and Kilburn from local junior doctors