The House of Commons returned this week after its six week summer recess. I spent most of the recess in Ilford . My offices in the constituency and at Westminster continued to deal with constituents problems and casework throughout the summer. I have attended several constituency engagements and local events in the last month. I spoke to local Rotary clubs at Fairlop waters. I attended the installation of Rev Marie Segal at St Andrews Church; the Chamber of Commerce Business breakfast at Mc Donalds; Indian Independence Day celebrations at the Punjabi centre; a special association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Womens memorial service at East Ham; the launch of the very welcome Redbridge Food Bank at the Kings Church. Last Saturday morning I spoke at the tenth birthday anniversary breakfast of the Liberty Christian connections at Clarks Road and on Sunday I walked with and addressed the Sikh Nagar Kirtan procession from Barking Gurdwara to Seven Kings Gurdwara , and also attended the Goodmayes Allotment Festival. Last Saturday I spoke a big “Tamils for Labour” meeting at Westminster alongside Shadow Foreign Secretary David Miliband. Labour Members of Parliament, individual party members and supporters in affiliated trade unions are voting to elect our new party leader. Britain urgently needs a Labour Party with a strong leader. Labour is not just electing a leader of the Opposition but also the next Labour Prime Minister. Millions depend on us to choose someone who can stand up to the right wing Conservative/Lib Dem government in Parliament and outside and win again soon, whether in a few months with the collapse of the coalition or in 5 years time. I see all five candidates at close hand in Parliament. On the basis of his experience, intelligence and ability I have nominated David Miliband to be our Leader. I am pleased that the special Ilford South Labour members meeting held in July also voted overwhelmingly to nominate David Miliband. The result will be announced at our Conference in Manchester on September 25th.