This week, we marked Commonwealth Day, when we celebrate the huge contribution that people from the Commonwealth have made to our country and also acknowledge the darker side of that history. I’m a firm believer that we need a full and unedited understanding of our country’s exploitative past if we are going to build fruitful future relationships with former Commonwealth countries based on mutual understanding and respect.
I was very pleased to deliver a keynote speech at the 8th Annual Commonwealth Africa Summit on Wednesday. I spoke about the post-Covid recovery, the African Common Market, debt cancellation for climate resilience and my work with the APPG for African Reparations.
On Friday, I was happy to host a delegation of Commonwealth parliamentarians in the constituency to discuss some of the challenges facing our countries. I gave them a grand tour of some iconic local landmarks and highlighted some of the work we in the Labour Party have been doing in Streatham and Lambeth. As the world responds to climate breakdown and the ongoing global pandemic, international co-operation is more important than ever.