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WELL DONE
Aadit Agarwal  (Aged 4)
 
I am the only London Conservative Member of Parliament serving on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and in the last Parliament, we conducted an inquiry into littering and ways of combating the problem. Everyone can play their part in helping to keep our community areas tidy... even the littlest among us!
I was very pleased to hear about the efforts of young Aadit, who didn't like the litter on Harrow Recreation Ground and so decided to try and clear it up all by himself! He just proves that small acts of thoughtfulness can go a long way to make our area nicer to live in. So well done to Aadit and also to his mum, Nupur Aggarwal.
 

FULL STEAM AHEAD
 
Having been returned as MP for Harrow East in May, it has been a case of full steam ahead both at home and in Parliament. I am continuing my programme of street surgeries all around the constituency and I have been doing my part as your representative in Westminster.

Here are a few of the events and engagements I have taken part in recently:

 
CARERS WEEK UK
There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend, including 11,160 in Harrow East. Monday 8th June marked the start of Carers Week 2015, and I spoke with Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy & Public Affairs at Carers UK, about the challenges facing carers and the need for more awareness.
 
CLIMATE CHANGE LOBBY
I took time out during a busy day in Parliament to meet a group of my constituents who came down to Westminster as part of the ‘Speak Up for Climate’ lobby which took place on Wednesday 17th June.
CONFERENCE FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE IN IRAQ
I attended a 'Conference for Democratic Change in Iran' in Paris, which brought together dignitaries, Parliamentarians and Human Rights activists from five continents, as well as huge number of Iranians from across the world, in a stand against Iran’s religious dictatorship.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA
June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2014. The spiritual and mental practice of Yoga is thought to be over 6,000 years old and has its origin in India (Bharat), aims to transform body and mind.
I took part in several events organised by the Indian High Commission before heading back to Harrow to celebrate Harrow UN International Yoga Day at Harrow Arts Centre, as well as joining in with activities at the Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple in Kenton and at Nower Hill High School. I ended the day at Alexandra Palace, where 7000 people practiced Yoga.
THE FairFuelUK CAMPAIGN
I went to a FairFuelUK Pre-Budget Reception Event to reconfirm my support for the campaign to ensure fair prices at the pumps. Over 65% is still lost in tax when we fill up at the pumps and we have the highest Fuel Duty levels in the EU. I'm a firm supporter of this campaign, as high fuel costs negatively impact everyone.
RATH YATRA FESTIVAL
Rath Yatra is a musical, colourful and vibrant annual festival with over 5000 people taking part by joining the procession or by lining up along the route in Harrow. I once again took part in the annual street procession from Kenton to Stanmore and this year I was joined by London Mayoral Candidate, Zac Goldsmith.
HEMANT CHAUHAN VISITS PARLIAMENT
I was pleased to welcome popular Gujarati writer and singer, Hemant Chauhan, to Parliament, in partnership with the International Siddhashram Shakti Centre (ISSC). The event was held to honour his contribution to the music industry and a special engraved plate was presented to him for the occasion.
 

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

LITTER HEROES

This website was created by Tim Barnes as a way for people who want to do something about local litter to connect and support each other. The site also aims to encourage as many people as possible to volunteer and pick up litter, as well as to promote policies that will stop people littering in general.
 

IN PARLIAMENT
 
One of my first acts on my return to Parliament was to apply for a debate to discuss the disgraceful actions of Harrow Council in closing down so many local libraries, including Bob Lawrence Library in Edgware, and so I could call on the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale, to examine the case:

Bob Blackman (Harrow East) (Con): I want to set out the case for the continuation of public libraries in the London borough of Harrow, part of which I am privileged to represent. Over the past 25 to 30 years, I have had great involvement in libraries in both Brent and Harrow. When I was first elected as a councillor in the London borough of Brent, the Labour administration in the borough at the time tried to close libraries. That attempt was overturned after a long campaign by the community...
Read More here

I was also fortunate enough to be called to ask a question at Prime Minister's Questions on 15th July. You can view my question to the PM through the video link below:
Prime Minister's Questions: 15 July 2015

IN THE MEDIA

GET IN TOUCH
 
It's back to business as usual in Bob's office. If you have any issues or concerns which Bob could help you with, please don't hesitate to get in touch using the contact details below:
 
Email: bob.blackman.mp@parliament.uk
Please remember to include your full name and address, even if you've written to Bob before!

Phone:
To discuss a case, report an issue or make a surgery appointment, please contact Bob's office in Harrow, on 020 8421 3323
For diary, media or tour enquiries, please contact Bob's office in Westminster, on 020 7219 7082


Write to:
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
or
209 Headstone Lane, Harrow, HA2 6ND

 
NOTE: A last minute photo edit in my last e-newsletter caused an incorrect caption to be left in place. The picture in my section on education was from a visit to Priestmead School, not Elmgrove Primary School. Sincere apologies to both schools for the error!
 
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