Last Friday I saw some of the fantastic work being done in and around Hackney, including Urswick School, where the I met students presenting on work the D-Day landings, to mark its 70th anniversary. I was delighted to present year 7 and 8 students with certificates for the UK Maths Challenge, in which they had competed against the best young mathematicians in the country.
I also had a chance to see the new cardiac ward being built at St Bartholomew's Hospital, where the new development is taking shape successfully and will be ready to start taking patients in the coming months.
The development is making exciting use of new technologies to improve the quality of patient care.
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.