Boris or Hunt.
What a choice the Tories have left us with. But, of course, when I say “left us with”, I don’t mean us because it’s only a minute proportion of the electorate who will actually get to decide.
While this sideshow has continued to roll on, I’ve been really busy campaigning on the issues that matter to constituents right across Swansea East.
Earlier this week, as part of my role as Labour’s Shadow Home Office Minister, it was great to respond on behalf of the front bench on an important Westminster Hall debate on modern slavery. I’ve said previously that this is a scourge which we must rid our society of and it was really positive to see so many colleagues there adding their voices to this challenge. It’s vital that the review of the Modern Slavery Act is fully independent so the government isn’t able to mark its own homework. We have to be strict with this so that we can finally rid this vile practice from our communities for good.
On Thursday, I was pleased to have the opportunity to host a roundtable discussion with Birth Companions, a charity which seeks to prevent women from going through pregnancy, birth and early motherhood alone. As part of my ongoing work around how women are treated in our criminal justice system, this was a great opportunity for us to thrash out the issues facing pregnant women in prison, which all-too-often go undiscussed. This also involved us hearing first-hand from women who had been in this situation within our justice system themselves. I was delighted that the UK Government Justice Minister, Edward Agar MP, was able to join us for this session and I will be continuing to press him and the Justice Secretary on the issues we discussed and much, much more.
On Wednesday, I travelled to the Iranian Embassy in London alongside Labour colleagues to join Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who joined Nazanin on hunger strike this week as her detention in Iran continues. Local residents will be aware that Nazanin has now been wrongfully imprisoned in Iran for over 3 years now and her husband has been trying to hard to get her freed ever since. It’s clear that Iran must stop using Nazanin as a bargaining chip and allow her to be free to return to the UK to be reunited with her husband and daughter.
This morning it was great to round off the week by lending a hand at Swansea’s Royal Mail delivery office where I got to step inside the shoes of our hardworking posties for a few hours. Day in, day out our postmen and women keep our postal system flowing and provide a service that is far too often taken for granted. A huge thank you to all of our posties across Swansea – we really appreciate what you do for us! I really enjoyed my time with the team and think I’d make a great postwoman if you’re looking to recruit any time soon!
This afternoon I was also pleased to pop into Castle Bingo to meet with their Chief Executive and the Bingo Association to discuss a number of different issues including Castle’s move away from online bingo to promote more responsible gambling behaviour. I know there are lots of people who enjoy going down the bingo in an evening and I’m pleased to have such a positive relationship with our local Castle Bingo team.
Don’t forget to pick up a copy of this weekend’s Sunday People as I’ve got another one of my columns coming out! I’ll be talking about the ongoing Whirlpool recall, my new APPG on beauty, aesthetics and wellbeing, my work on women prisoners and much more. Do give it a read if you can!