Yesterday I had the privilege of accompanying a number of
colleagues to a reception at Number 10 - hosted by the Prime
Minister - to acknowledge the work and endeavour of all the
emergency services during the civil disorder last year.
It was a real honour and quite daunting actually for all of us
to wander through No 10 - its a place that just oozes history and
it was a real pleasure just to chat to colleagues - firefighters,
control staff and volunteers - all of whom played their parts in
supporting the disorder itself but then the work to return the
community to normality as quick as possible.
Putting politics to one side - and I always try to avoid being
political - there was a real sense of authenticity in the thanks
and appreciation of the PM but also as they 'mingled' the Cabinet -
many of whom also attended the reception. Additionally, other MPs
were there ( Tony Lloyd from Manchester and Hazel Blears from
Salford for example) so it really was cross party. I even managed
to chat to Nick Clegg.
If you get chance to catch anyone who attended please do so -
but I was really proud of them as ambassadors for all of us.