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I spend a lot of time visiting local organisations.

My London constituency in Hackney has one of the highest levels of gun crime in the country. But the problem is no longer confined to inner city areas. Gun crime has spread to communities all over Britain.

I knew what could happen to my son if he was sent to the wrong school and got in with the wrong crowd.

I want to write a best-selling book.

I wanted my marriage to work, but it didn't.

I was a postman one Christmas and I developed a morbid fear of dogs.

In Parliament we debate on and we decide the laws that are going to govern the country.

In politics, the people I most despise are those who have no values.

It's very lonely bringing up a child on your own.

My family were from Jamaica.

My forebears refused to cut the sugar cane for plantation owners, and I am recognisably a product of that background.

Gun crime is a major cause of fear and distress throughout the UK. The problem is deeply entrenched in a wide range of social and cultural factors and therefore not an isolated issue.

You can't defend the indefensible - anything you say sounds self-serving and hypocritical.

Mental health is often missing from public health debates even though it's critical to wellbeing.

When fast food is not a treat but a dietary staple, the children surf the internet all day in dark corners of the room and are bombarded with latest gadgets. Things replace parental standards.

Families are struggling against a tide of junk information on junk food.

Outsiders often have an insight that an insider doesn't quite have.

I don't think you can have pain and soul-searching doing the right thing for your child.

I'm not thick-skinned at all, and of course I'm hurt by people attacking me as a person.

Abortion is an issue of conscience for the Labour party.