In November 2005, the UK was still coming to terms with the religiously motivated murder of 52 London commuters just a few months before. It was a time of intense suspicion and distrust, of almost unprecedented tension between the diverse communities that make up modern Britain.
As part of the government’s action to tackle the housing deficit and ensure everyone has a secure place to live, the Communities Secretary and the Chancellor made it clear that they are determined to take action and get more homes built.
Paki. It’s a hard, ugly word, and it’s one I heard too many times in the high streets and playgrounds of the 1970s and 80s. Today it’s considered completely unacceptable, sitting alongside the N-word in the dictionary of bigotry.
Last week, along with many schools across the country, the House of Commons began its summer recess. It’s been over a year since I was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Bromsgrove and I’m honoured and privileged to continue representing the voices of Bromsgrove.