In this last weekly update of 2015, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2016.
Parliament has now broken for recess and will return on 4 January, but in my final few days at Westminster I spoke up for victims of the contaminated blood scandal and took part in an extremely interesting Westminster Hall debate on primary care in Tottenham. Many of the issues highlighted are similar in parts of my constituency like Noel Park where too many people experience problems with provision of basic, high-quality primary healthcare.
I was proud to sponsor the Save the Children Child Refugee Book Project event at Portcullis House. This year, almost 2,000 unaccompanied children arrived in the UK, many of whom have fled wars and persecution. It’s a shocking figure and it’s essential these vulnerable children are given the support and help they need to build a new life. The Save the Children / Pearson welcome book packs are just a tiny part of that, but it’s a lovely idea and I hope you’ll join me in writing a welcome message www.savethechildren.org.uk/welcome-message
Back in the constituency, I started the week with a lively Q&A with a group of students at Octagon Academy. I was also pleased to support a carol singing fundraiser in Crouch End for Morriss House, a care home for elderly people with dementia. Bringing some Christmas cheer to the Broadway, they’re trying to raise £2,500 for a much-needed industrial dishwasher. You can support the campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/singingfordishes
On Thursday, I held a special advice surgery on Thursday for residents of Bracknell Close following the police shooting of Jermaine Baker the previous week. I also attended a packed public meeting at Tottenham Town Hall and have been in regular contact with the Independent Police Complaints Commission as they carry out their investigation. You can read my full statement here.