I am supporting Ed Miliband for Labour Leader. I worked with Ed from the inception of the new Department of Energy and Climate Change until the new government took over. He was an inspiring leader of the department and a constant source of ideas.
Today I was officially 'sworn in' as a Member of Parliament; making the affirmation:
"I, Joan Ruddock, do solemnly, sincerely, and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law."
Many thanks to everyone who voted for me on May 6. The addition of the new ward of Lewisham Central to the constituency by the Boundary Commission presented an additional challenge, so it was particularly rewarding to gain an increased majority.