After a break of quite a few months, I was delighted yesterday to have the chance to speak at one of Liverpool's Citizenship Ceremonies.
These events are the final culmination of the process people go through to become citizens of the UK.
Liverpool's registry office does these on behalf of the Home Office. People get their actual citizenship certificates at the events.
The organisers try to have a "dignitary" speaking at each event and handing over the certificates. Yesterday it was me.
I used to make a parallel between being an opposition leader and issues of free speech. Obviously I couldn't do that yesterday but made some parallels between University graduation and citizenship graduation both being the start of something and not the end.
As ever it was great to see so many happy people and I hope I am "on" again soon.