Newsletter of Bob Blackman - MP for Harrow East 

Since the last edition I have:

- continued my schedule of regular campaigning around Harrow East throughout August
- celebrated the inaugural of a new Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kum Kum temple on Honeypot Lane
- had a meeting with representatives from Notting Hill Housing to discuss the future of the Anmer Lodge site in Stanmore
- joined in with a Janmashtami Mela Festival celebration in Elstree
- became a Dragon for a National Citizen's Service 'Dragons' Den' style event in which local young people pitched their ideas for local campaigns
- joined local residents and families for the Friends of Canons Park's annual Fun Day in Canons Park
- returned to my duties in Parliament, taking part in debates, meetings and putting questions to Ministers on your behalf

Photo News
Street Surgeries

I have been all around Harrow East throughout the summer recess, meeting with constituents and finding out about local issues and concerns. During August, I visited:
  • Kenton West - 3rd August
  • Kenton East - 4th August
  • Canons - 8th August
  • Queensbury - 10th August

  • Canons - 11th August
  • Harrow Weald - 15th August
  • Belmont - 15th August
  • Queensbury - 17th August
  • Kenton West - 22nd August
  • Edgware - 27th August
  • Harrow Weald - 28th August
  • Edgware - 31st August
Sincere thanks to everyone who came along to lend a hand!
Kum Kum Hindu Temple Parade
The crowds were out to celebrate the inauguration of a new Swaminarayan Temple, and I was pleased to join the parade from Roe Green Park to Parr Road. 

The crowds were treated to a great display of floats, music, drums and even an Indian bagpipe band in full kilts!
Dragons' Den Harrow

I become a 'Dragon' for a day as part of a National Citizens Service scheme run by The Challenge Network. Teams of young people gathered in the Council Chamber of Harrow Council to pitch their designs for a sponsored activity for a local charity, campaign or community issue. I then provided feedback on their ideas and winning teams won up to £100 to put their pitch into action.
Hare Krishna Temple Janmashtami
Janmashtami is held to celebrate the birthday of Sri Lord Krishna and I was pleased to join revellers at Bhaktivedanta Manor for singing, theatrical performances, dancing, shows and to sample a variety of excellent food. Thousands of people gathered, young and old, for the very colourful celebrations which lasted for two entire days.

Canons Park Fun Day

I joined local residents and families in Canons Park for the annual Fun Day run by the Friends of Canons Park. 

The event, which is now in its tenth year, had a great number of activities for all the family, including a dog obedience display, bouncy castles, a book stall, face painting and free art activities for children.
Website of the Week - The Disability Foundation
I recently paid a visit to Sainsbury's in Stanmore to celebrate their choice of The Disability Foundation (TDF) as the Sainsbury's Charity of the Year. The charity, which is based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), offers complementary therapies to any disabled person or person with a chronic health condition as well as those involved in their care, including carers, close family members and NHS support staff. 

In the News
Parliamentary Business
Parliament has returned from its summer Recess for two weeks and I am making the most of my time back in Westminster:
  • I spoke out in relation to military intervention in Syria and my speech can be read here.
  • I have led a well attended Westminster Hall debate on the plain packaging of tobacco products
  • I have continued my work on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, questioning Mary Portas as part of an inquiry into helping the high street
  • I have continued my programme of providing a Q&A session and a tour of Parliament for constituents through September
  • I have had meetings with charity representatives, campaigners and colleagues to discuss issues of interest to our local area
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