Newsletter of Bob Blackman - MP for Harrow East 
Since the last edition I have,

 ~  continued my schedule of street surgeries around Harrow East to find out about the issues that matter to you.

 ~ attended the Official Opening of the new Hawthorn Building at Stanmore College.
 ~ welcomed Minister Kris Hopkins to Weston Homes' Aura housing development off Edgware High Street. When complete this will provide 189 family homes, as well as apartments for professionals, which will be perfect for local people to take up. I would encourage people looking for their first home to look into the Help to Buy Scheme.
  ~   joined devotees from the Yogi Divine Society (YDS) UK at the Grand Opening of Haridham Mandir, the new temple on Woodcock Hill in Kenton. The Murti Pratishtha Utsav (Opening and Idol Installation Ceremony) proceeded with the blessings of Lord Swaminarayan and His Divine Holiness Hariprasad Swamiji.
 ~  had a meeting with The Muslim Forum of Middlesex and Leaders from Harrow Mosque, Stanmore, SICM (Mahfil Ali), Masjid al-Nur and the Pakistani societies, to discuss their current issues of concern.
  ~  took a tour of the nearly-complete St Luke’s Woodgrange Centre in Kenton and discussed the benefits it will bring to people in our area who are suffering from incurable illnesses with the Chief Executive, Robin Webb. The new centre will officially open before Christmas and will provide a whole range of therapy sessions and flexible drop-in consultations.
 ~  had a meeting with the Eastside Educational Trust to discuss their work in Harrow, providing creative learning projects for young people using digital media tools.
  ~  had a busy Navratri (nine nights) attending events to celebrate the annual Hindu festival, which is held in honour of the mother deity Durga, and which marks the triumph of good over evil. It has been a tradition of mine to do a tour of events across the nine nights of Navratri for many years now and it’s always a joyous time for everyone involved. 
 ~  had meetings with Chief Superintendent Ovens and A/SGT Jamie Kay at Harrow Police Station to discuss latest crime figures and to gain further insight into police initiatives currently being undertaken in our area.
 ~ addressed hundreds of well wishers at the KP Hall in Kenton to celebrate the birth anniversary of the great Bapu. The event was organised by the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation, which was established in 1977 to perpetuate Gandhi's principles of truth, non-violence, love and universal brotherhood.
  ~  helped present Shaw Trust Awards and City and Guilds Certificates in Horticultural Skills to participants of the Clamp Hill horticultural project, congratulating them on their achievements. The project has a therapeutic garden and nursery and gives participants the opportunity to gain work experience, training and qualifications.
 ~  continued my work on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and the Backbench Business Committee.

 ~  attended a conference held by the politics department at St Dominic's College and spoke on the main topic, “The 2015 General Election and its wider implications", and engaged in an open Q&A session.

  ~  attended Sai School's annual Gayatri Yagna, an ancient Vedic ceremony where homage is paid to The Sun God and Mother Earth for Universal peace. The Gayatri mantra is one of the main mantras of the Hindu religion, used across India to help assist one on the spiritual path and to cleanse one's karma.
 ~  met representatives from Cancer Research UK and ASH to discuss their ongoing anti-smoking health campaigns and ways forward.

 ~  continued my programme of events for the Bob Blackman Business Breakfast Club, a group which brings local business owners together to discuss trade and issues facing the sector over a hearty breakfast, with a guest speaker attending from the industries or from the political sphere.
  ~  co-hosted the annual Diwali Celebrations in the Members’ Dining Room of the House of Commons, giving Hindus from across the country the opportunity take part in festivities right in the heart of the historic building. I also attended Number 10 Diwali Reception and will be doing my annual 'Tour of Temples' to celebrate the occasion.
 ~  discussed ways to strengthen the historical relationship between Britain and India at the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) Regional Bhartiya Pravasi Divas.

~ met David Gross from the Center for Near East Policy Research to discuss concerns being raised about the misuse of British taxpayers' money and EU funds by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza.

~ attended the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's India Diaspora Reception.
 ~  had meetings with various colleagues, constituents and charity representatives to discuss the issues that matter to our area.

Website of the Week
NHS Harrow Clinical Commissiong Group (CCG) has just launched a brand new website, offering a range of information for the public, for patients, and for NHS and non-NHS organisations.

Information about health services in Harrow, as well as current plans NHS Harrow CCG has to improve them, are available on the new website. There is also an easy facility for people to give their views and experiences of healthcare in Harrow directly. You can also interact on twitter, by following

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