MP hosts reception to thank volunteers and community champions

Chuka Umunna MP has hosted a reception in Parliament for volunteers and representatives from organisations who serve the local community.

House of Commons’ Speaker John Bercow, who served as a Streatham councillor in the 1980s, addressed the guests. Speaker Bercow spoke fondly of the time he spent living and working in the constituency and commented on the great community spirit and initiative present in the area.

Invitees included school chairs of governors and headteachers, block champions, members of Safer Neighbourhood Team panels and representatives of tenants and residents associations, local charities, voluntary and community organisations and faith groups.

Val Shawcross, London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark and Ken Livingstone’s running mate for the 2012 Mayoral elections was also present to meet members of the community and addressed the event.

The event, which took place in Parliament, was held to thank and recognise the contribution made by the groups and people working to make the Streatham parliamentary constituency a better place.

Commenting on the event, Chuka Umunna MP said:

“I held this reception because I wanted to recognise and applaud the work of people locally who give something back to the community.

“There are so many people who give their time for the good of others and the community at large and it is only right that we recognise the massive contribution they make.”