The World Cup has been a fantastic sporting event with England’s journey capturing the nation’s imagination, as we all dared to dream. It has shown the power of sport and Gareth Southgate’s men have created a special buzz around England football once again. The togetherness shown by hordes of die-hard and casual fans in pubs, parks and squares across the country evidenced the unique ability of sport to unite people of different cultures, creed, colour and religion - this spirit embodies true British values.
Particular highlights for me include watching England’s trashing of Panama in the Wheatsheaf pub in Tooting, winning our first ever World Cup penalty shoot-out, and the ecstasy followed by agony in the semi-final vs Croatia. Special mention also to the King's Head pub - the atmosphere in there was electric; at times it felt like we were in the stadium!
This World Cup has been about the values we all share and shown how our flag should be associated with the sporting success of inspirational men and women who represent our country. The current England starting XI included 6 players who are children of immigrants; this should be seen as a celebration of our diversity and a representation of modern England.
As Shadow Minister for Sport, I believe football (and sport in general) has incredible power to tackle a number of issues facing communities in Britain and should be accessible to all. This renewed sense of confidence in the national football team and associated 'feel-good factor' should be used to increase participation rates across sport, and re-ignite belief in sport's value as a crucial social good.
I marched with an estimated 250,000 people today over President Trump's visit to the U.K. I took to the streets to march for the values that we hold dear: respect, celebrating our diversity, equality - everything Trump hates.
Trump has shunned women’s and LGBT rights, promoted hatred and intolerance of targeted religious groups, and most recently torn apart mothers and their children, under his inhumane and cruel immigration policy - it is vitally important for us to send a message that our communities won’t be divided by attacking the most vulnerable - together we’re united against racism, sexism and bigotry.
A clear message has been sent today that we won’t stand idly by while Trump attempts to spread hate and divide communities.
Today I joined staff and patients at St George’s Hospital to celebrate 70 years of one of our nation’s greatest treasures: the NHS.
After opening the festivities, I joined in with a number of activities, and supported 70 staff members who took part in the “Big Birthday Walk” – a 6.2 mile walk from the site of the old St George’s Hospital to the current site.
As an NHS doctor, the NHS is something that I am extremely passionate about. I understand and immensely respect the excellent work conducted by medical and healthcare professionals in this country. I look forward to continuing to campaign for further investment into the NHS to ensure its vital work can continue.
The Government has starved the NHS of funding over the last 8 years. They're now aimlessly trying to throw money at it but they haven't considered social care, public health and training.