The shocking killing of Sir David Amess MP during October has cast a dark cloud over Westminster.
Despite being from opposing parties, we got on personally. Always courteous and good humoured, as a veteran MP he was helpful to me when I was first elected in 2017.
Our paths crossed due to my Shadow Housing Minister role because we shared concerns over the building safety crisis.
David, as long-standing chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fire Safety and Rescue, pushed the Government to recognise fire safety risks in high-rise buildings years before the tragic fire at Grenfell.
My thoughts are naturally with his loved-ones and colleagues. And I echo the family statement urging people “to set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all”.
We can disagree politically and there’s nothing wrong with being passionate, that’s the essence of living in a democracy. But there’s never an excuse for it to descend into nastiness – whether online or in real life – let alone violence.