Today was an example of what being an MP was all about.
Into work early to find that I had received hundreds of emails overnight from Crystal Palace fans asking me to do whatever I could to help stop the club from being liquidated this afternoon.
I spent the day replying personally to each email and speaking to Ministers and officials in the Treasury and the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and to senior staff at Lloyds Banking Group who, thanks to the demonstration outside their office by Palace fans and the huge number of emails they had received, had begun to realise the damage that would be done to their reputation if they allowed Palace to be liquidated.
At about 4.30pm, I heard the welcome news that an agreement in principle had been reached for CPFC2010 to buy the club and Selhurst Park. We're not out of the woods yet but all in all a satisfying day and if my efforts made even a small difference to the end result then it was time well spent. Lots of other people lobbied hard behind the scenes including Croydon Council and our London Assembly member Steve O'Connell but most of the credit must go to the thousands of Palace fans who have fought so hard to keep their club alive.