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Conservative Backbencher of the Year
23/02/2012 23:49:00

I was very honoured tonight to receive Asian Voice's Conservative Backbencher of the Year award in recognition of my response to the riots in Croydon on 8th August last year. The photo is of me receiving the award from Baroness Boothroyd, the former Speaker of the House of Commons.

I was very conscious in the days after the riots of trying to strike the right balance between reflecting the real anger my constituents felt about what had happened both towards those responsible and the police response and trying to understand the underlying issues that led people to behave in this way and the unique situation that confronted the Met and the outnumbered and ill-equipped officers on the ground. I have tried to continue to strike that balance since and, whilst it is impossible to please everyone in this job, it is nice to get some recognition for the work I have done.

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