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Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:10 pm on 24th July 2018.

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Photo of Tracy Brabin Tracy Brabin Shadow Minister (Education) 5:10 pm, 24th July 2018

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Graham. I congratulate Fiona Bruce on securing the debate. It is a great pleasure to speak for the Opposition in what has been an interesting and wide-ranging discussion. I welcome the passion that the hon. Lady has shown in her commitment to families who are struggling against the odds, as well as her celebration of the innovation and determination of councils across the country to keep families at the centre of all they do.

I pay tribute to the hon. Members for Strangford (Jim Shannon) and for Upper Bann (David Simpson), who both focused on how faith groups can bring communities together. Our Muslim community in Batley and Spen certainly works incredibly hard in supporting families. I also pay tribute to Ben Bradley for his focus on the preventive approach to early intervention and the impact that it can have. I slightly take issue with John Howell—he is no longer in his place—who said that middle-class mums do not deserve the same attention and protection. They can have the same struggles as others, such as with breastfeeding or with their postpartum mental health.