Happy New Year to everyone. I trust you have all had some quality time with family and friends over the summer break.
It is good to be back as Minister for Ethnic Communities and I am looking forward to the challenges and rewards this role brings.
Fatumata Bah has been selected to attend 33Sixty in Scotland in April this year where she joins 99 other young leaders from around the Commonwealth selected from a pool of over 6,500 applicants globally.
As part of the programme, Fatumata will be looking at collaboration between the public and private sectors and not-for-profit organisations, coming up with realistic implementation ideas and meeting with senior Commonwealth leaders.