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Since the last edition Bob has:
 

 - Appeared on the BBC's Daily Politics Show to speak against the Government's plans to relax planning laws 

·Performed his duties as a member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.
 
·Fulfilled his duties as a member of the Backbench Business Committee
 
· Welcomed constituents to the Houses of Parliament for a Q and A and tour of Parliament

- Held an advice surgery for constituents

- Went out campaigning in Kenton and Edgware

- Met the new Borough Commander of Harrow Police as part of his visit to Harrow Police Station

- Placed a charity bet on the Grand National which won £125 for St Luke's Hospice

- Went to Scotland Yard to meet members of the Metropolitan Police Drugs Directorate

- Attended the Harrow Weald Fish and Chip Supper

- Chaired a Henry Jackson Society event on Iran at the Houses of Parliament

- Attended an anti-smoking event as part of his role as Secretary of the Action on Smoking and Health APPG

-  Attended the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust event hosted in Parliament 

- Celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Bhaktiveda Manor 

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Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

Bob attended an event at the Houses of Parliament where he heard Ann Kirk (pictured) speak. Ann escaped Nazi Germany as a child and is a survivor of the Bosnian War. Holocaust Memorial Day is celebrated annually on the 27th January. The Trust has already launched the campaign for 2014 which is centred around the theme of 'Journeys'. 
Planning Laws
 
Bob appeared on the Daily Politics show to speak out against the Government's plans to relax the planning laws. Under the proposal's home-owners would be able to extend their homes by as much as 26ft without Planning Permission. Bob is categorically against these plans and is lobbying the Government for a compromise. 
The Barbara Bus Fund

Bob visited The Barbara Bus Fund to find out about the work that it does in the community. The Stanmore based charity was founded in 1968 by Barbara Werndly with the intention of providing transport adapted for the needs of wheelchair users. The charity continues in that field today and provides a fantastic community service. Find out more at their website. 

Click Here to View the Website 
Grand National Charity Bet 
 
As part of Ladbrokes' community and charity outreach programme, the bookmakers sponsor Members of Parliament to place a £50 bet on the Grand National. As a keen supporter of St Luke's Hospice, Bob donated the £125 winnings to the charity. Bob bet on Teaforthree in the race and fortunately backed the horse each way because the horse came third! 

Fish and Chip Supper

Bob was pleased to attend the Fish and Chip supper held for members of the Harrow East Conservative Association. The Supper was followed by a quiz in which Bob's team narrowly missed victory. Unfortunately the team suffered from a poor Food and Drink round -much to the surprise of Bob!
Iran Discussion Event
 
Bob chaired a Henry Jackson Society discussion on Iran at the Houses of Parliament. The discussion looked at Iran's growing role at the United Nations and its ever increasing influence over the non-aligned nations. Claudia Rosett from the USA gave a detailed explanation of this development as part of the discussion. 

Campaigning in Edgware

Bob was out campaigning in Edgware as part of his regular routine of meeting constituents. Bob uses most Saturdays as an opportunity to canvass residents across the constituency, asking if they have any problems or concerns that he can offer assistance with.
Lady Thatcher's Funeral 
 
Bob was proud to attend the funeral of Lady Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral. Bob has paid tribute to the role that she played in preserving Britain's role on the world stage and invigorating the UK at home. 

Plain Cigarette Packaging 

Bob renewed his call on the Government to introduce standardised, plain packaging to the tobacco industry.

Bob believes that cigarette packs are designed to make smoking look cool and attractive yet the reality is a  life-time of addiction, illness and premature death. If a new generation is to be stopped becoming addicted to this deadly habit, action must be taken now. Australia has led the way with standard cigarette packs which show the gruesome truth about smoking.  The UK can and should be the next country to implement this life-saving measure. 

Exactly one year ago, the UK Government launched a public consultation on tobacco packaging but has not yet issued a response.
Website of the Week - Click Here - Remember Coconut
'Remember-Coconut' is a website set up by one of my constituents and is dedicated to their fight against their father's Alzheimers. The site tracks Mr Parmar's embrace of pioneering research carried out by an Oxford Professor and the work that the family is doing to secure funding for a clinical trial of those techniques. I am pleased to have supported the family and I would encourage you to take a look at the site. 
Bob in Parliament
 
- Bob asked the Deputy Prime Minister what initiatives he was taking to combat postal vote fraud and impersonation at polling stations.

- Bob spoke of his concern at the rising number of repeat offenders of knife crime that are being let off with cautions and non-custodial sentences. Bob called for a 2 strikes policy which would see any repeat offender found in possession of a knife receiving an immediate custodial sentence. The Government has since announced a review into the use of Cautions.

- Bob paid tribute to Margaret Thatcher as part of debate which was convened following her death. Bob noted the 2 million people who now own their council houses as a result of her policies; the 20 million people who bought shares when she produced a shareholding democracy; and the millions of people in eastern Europe who owe their fundamental freedoms of democracy and liberty to the iron will of the Iron Lady. 

- Bob has been leading the campaign against the Government's proposals to relax the planning laws. The proposals would see home-owners allowed to build extensions of up to 26ft without Planning Permission. Bob believes that these plans would be disastrous and has spoken out in Parliament in addition to voting against their implementation. 
 
You can read more about Bob's activity in Parliament, as well as seeing his full voting record, by Clicking Here 
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