On Good Friday 1998 I was on the way to Wales for the weekend when the news came on the radio that an agreement had been made in Belfast – something I never thought would happen. I was overjoyed.
The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement stopped me ever being a political cynic and may ultimately have led me to becoming an MP.
I am one of the millions of British-born children of Irish immigrants. Growing up in London during the 70s and 80s wasn’t easy. The violence and murder in Northern Ireland and on the streets of British towns and cities hung over communities and fuelled anti-Irish sentiment here.
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