On Friday 17th October I cut the ribbon on the new Upper Clapton Post Office.
It was great to formally open the new-look branch that will provide such a vital service to the local community.
I was honoured also to be joined on the day by a visiting delegation of colleagues from Jamaica, who greatly enjoyed exploring our local area.
I would again like to congratulate all the hard work of those involved at the Upper Clapton Post Office including post master Farida Malik, it looks fantastic!
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.