And then I also got this message, headed "from a mother/ sister/ teacher/ aunty/ neighbour/ citizen":
Dear Kerry McCarthy
I can't thank you enough for bringing up the Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday, 25 November 2008: Children (Protection of Privacy).
This is only one of many emails I've received on the subject.
I haven't done much to follow up on the Bill since then, partly because Parliament was prorogued. But that's what I want to be doing with my time, rather than engaging with futile arguments on here. Here's the link if you actually want to comment on what I said in Parliament. Interesting to note that Shannon Matthews' mother's favourite television programme was - you've guessed it, Jeremy Kyle. Not surprising that her idea of what was acceptable behaviour was so blurred... although I bet JK will say he merely reflects society.
As for commenting on the Karen Matthews' case - I'm going to be speaking in the Chamber about it very soon. I may already have told you that. Contrary to what some of you might think, I can entirely understand why people object to paying taxes so that people like her can stay at home, watch TV and have numerous children who are supported by the welfare state. But... it's not as simple as that, is it? Will post the speech on here and then we can have a full debate if you like.