I visited Number 10 earlier this week to meet with the policy team there about my Private Members Bill.

I’ve been frankly staggered by the response since its launch, with hundreds of organisations offering support and assistance to help move it forwards.

I’m under no illusions that there is a tremendous rock to push up a hill to make my vision of a body that will help charities and other third sector organisations better measure their impact and gain funding a reality. However, it is always helpful to have Number 10 row in behind you.

10 Downing Street itself is a bizarre building - a terraced house (albeit a grand one) turned into an office, home and place where affairs of state are carried out. Like many places in Westminster, it’s smaller than you might imagine.

I climbed the famous yellow staircase, lined with pictures of former Prime Ministers, to be met by two of the policy team. We walked from room to room, each grander than the other, until we found somewhere to talk - the state room where Presidents and Prime Ministers are brought for formal dinners. One trade off of working out of a terraced house is that there are few formal offices.

Perched at the end of that very long table, we discussed how to turn my idea into law, and why it would benefit charities in Furness and beyond.

Ahead of September (when the Bill is read again in Parliament), I’ll be meeting with charities here, national bodies, and Ministers in an attempt to give the Bill the support it needs.