The tragic events that unfolded last week in Westminster and the loss of life that followed was devastating. Terror will not disrupt the lives of Londoners and it was with a sense of remorse and solidarity that MPs returned to Parliament on Thursday. Thanks to brave police officers and NHS workers, we can continue to do our work. I would also like to thank my staff for their measured and calm response during an extremely distressing day in Westminster.
I started the week by participating in a cross-party roundtable discussion on mental health and youth justice. We know that street gangs associated with violence are concentrated in urban areas and their mental health has too often been overlooked, so it was great to attend the meeting and discuss how policy can be designed to help these people. Later in the week I met with Haringey Communities Against Violence, where I was able to meet people who live and work in Haringey with concerns and experience around youth and group violence. I am committed to engaging the community to developing a way to offer support that helps reduce gang violence.
I was able to make it to this term’s End of Term performance for the Training Steel Band, Intermediate Steel Band, Westside Steel Band and Steel Orchestra at Hornsey School for Girls, as well as go over to Fortismere School for an International Women’s Day event that celebrates the achievements of women and girls. The event was made all the more incredible as it was organised by the students themselves.
On Thursday I held my regular advice surgery. I continue to prize this part of my role and look forward to hearing from my constituents on any issues they have and assist where I can.
Attending the Mother's Day celebration on Friday at Edwards Passmore House in the afternoon was fantastic and extremely therapeutic. On Saturday I joined MEP Seb Dance and David Lammy MP to stand up to the politics of hate with a march on Parliament to celebrate the European Union. Labour has a number for tests for Brexit, and if they are not met the party will not support any final deal. In particular, the deal must deliver the same benefits the UK currently enjoys within the EU.