I am writing you this from the departures lounge at Heathrow airport. In less than an hour I will be boarding a flight to the Philippines to meet some of those worst affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
And of course as I sit here my thoughts are still with those in so much pain in Glasgow after the events of Friday night. But as I get ready to board the plane I’m also thinking of all those affected by the typhoon, all those that have lost loved ones, that have lost their homes, and those that have had their lives turned upside down.
It is now more than three weeks since Haiyan struck the Philippines, obliterating whole towns, destroying communities and shattering lives. And of course as I sit here my thoughts are with all those affected by this disaster, all those that have lost loved ones, that have lost their homes, and those that have had their lives turned upside down.
Here at home, as always, the British public have shown they should never be underestimated. Their generosity in emotional concern and financial contributions a further brilliant reminder that we are not and never will be a nation that looks the other way.
The Disaster Emergency Committee public appeal has now topped £65 million, a pound for every person in the UK. A tremendous effort. And it’s the work that this generosity supports that I’ll be observing whilst I’m out there.
I’ll be travelling to Tacloban to see the important work CAFOD, the UK Government and other NGOs are doing – from saving lives to getting communities back on their feet. I want to keep you informed so I’ll be posting video blogs on LCID’s website and blogging at LabourList.
In the coming weeks I’ll be setting up a monthly DFID newsletter, so if you want to be kept informed of projects like this and other work that the Shadow DFID team are doing then sign up here and I’ll add you to my list, don’t worry it will only be an occasional email on significant developments.
Rt Hon Jim Murphy MP
Shadow International Development Secretary