As fate would have it, I was selected by random ballot to ask a question to the Prime Minister today during Prime Minister's Questions, which gave me the opportunity to pay tribute to my friend and fellow Croydon MP Malcolm Wicks. Below is the question I asked and the Prime Minister's answer:
"May I join the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in paying tribute to Malcolm Wicks, whose memorial service is at Croydon Minster this Friday? He was an outstanding local MP, a thoughtful, decent man and a good friend.
"Is not one way in which we can honour his memory to continue to improve our national health service, so that more and more people beat cancer and do not have their lives so tragically cut short?"
David Cameron, Prime Minister:
My hon. Friend speaks for the whole House in what he says about Malcolm Wicks. I understand that he often used to drive Malcolm home to Croydon after the vote - I think Malcolm referred to his car as “the cab”. The fare apparently was a bottle of wine at Christmas time - we will make sure the Inland Revenue lays off that, but it was a very good arrangement between Members.
My hon. Friend is absolutely right: one of the greatest things we can do to remember Malcolm is to ensure the continued success of the cancer drugs fund, which has helped over 20,000 people, and make sure that people can get urgent treatments, as well as urgent drugs.