The upcoming European elections will offer a valuable insight into the current state of democracy in the EU. While the vote will lay the foundations for a greater involvement of citizens in the Union's policy-making process, a poor result may end up undermining the legitimacy of the EU system as a whole.
As the son of immigrants, I grew up living in a community in North London alongside people from numerous different backgrounds and cultures. I know how much immigrants can contribute to British society and we should welcome those who work hard and make a contribution. However, we have to take seriously, and address, public anxiety over the potential scale and effect of immigration from Eastern European countries.
What many do not realize is the European Parliament has an impact on almost every aspect of life in the UK, whether it is trying to cut the costs of a mobile phone call while you're on holiday to protecting your employment rights when you're at work or trying to ensure the very air you breathe is clean.