My forebears refused to cut the sugar cane for plantation owners, and I am recognisably a product of that background.
I'm not thick-skinned at all, and of course I'm hurt by people attacking me as a person.
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.
You can't defend the indefensible - anything you say sounds self-serving and hypocritical.
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.
Abortion is an issue of conscience for the Labour party.
I believe every abortion is a tragedy.