On Sunday 14th September I paid a fantastic visit to Hackney's Castle Canoe Club to investigate the exciting sport of Canoe Polo.
The visit highlighted to me the vital importance of places such as the Canoe Club to our community, especially at a time in which increasing pressure is placed on the availability of school playing fields.
The Canoe Club offers the great opportunity to get out, get active and experience something new. As for Canoe Polo, I can highly recommend giving it a go!
Protecting Girls from Female Genital Mutilation
Going on the last available data there are more than 23,000 girls in the UK who are currently at risk of FGM, and more than 60,000 women who are now living with its consequences.
The only way that we are going to be able to prevent this violation of the bodies of young girls is to get serious about prosecution. In 2003 it was made illegal for people to take girls abroad for them to be cut, but since that time there have been no prosecutions on the basis of this law.
It is clear that to see successful enforcement of the law then we need to start changing our approach. Our strategy should include routine medical examinations, ensuring that if people flout the 1985 and 2003 acts against FGM they know that they will actually face the risk of prosecution.