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

 ~  continued my schedule of regular campaigning around Harrow East.

 ~  had a lively meeting with the Student Council at Stanmore College to discuss local and national politics with the students.

 ~  joined with other local MPs to take part in a charity penalty shoot out against Spurs legends at Ledley King's testimonial match. 

  ~  celebrated the victory of new Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, with over 200 BJP supporters in Queensbury. I am excited to see the dawn of a new era in India and very much look forward to playing my part to help strengthen relations between India and Great Britain in light of this success.

 ~  continued my work on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and the Backbench Business Committee.
  ~  visited the recently opened TNT Post delivery unit at Barratt Way Industrial Estate. The opening of the delivery unit in February created 100 local jobs for Posties delivering business mail in the area. I was keen to meet with the delivery staff and to get an insight into the working practices of TNT Post.

 ~  met local residents to discuss the ongoing problems they are having with regards to the Hive.
 ~  continued my programme of events for the Bob Blackman Business Breakfast Club. Recent speakers include London MEP Dr Charles Tannock and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Charities, Social Enterprise and Volunteering, The Hon Nick Hurd MP.
  ~  welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor Boris Johnson to Harrow and accompanied them on a surprise visit to Harrow College Skills Centre to meet with the staff and students there. After visiting the College, we took to the streets on walkaround visit to Harrow’s high street.

 ~ chaired a Policy Forum for London seminar, entitled "Next steps for healthcare in London: integration, primary care and service reconfiguration". 

 ~ appeared on the Sunday Politics Show Live for a post local elections special.
  ~  welcomed Grant Shapps, the Chairman of the Conservative Party, to Harrow to visit the Avanti House School and meet the school council. He was also taken to Whitchurch Playing Fields where Avanti House will be expanding with a brand new secondary school on part of the site.

 ~ spoke at the Harrow Community Action (HCA) launch on the subject of "National Support for the Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector". HCA is a consortium of local organisations that are working together to provide services for the residents of Harrow. Its board of directors included representatives from Mind in Harrow, Harrow Mencap, Age UK Harrow, Harrow in Business, Harrow Interfaith Council as well as a number of smaller groups. 
  ~  hosted an advice bureau alongside the Financial Ombudsman Service in Waitrose, Harrow Weald, assisting shoppers with their financial queries and concerns. The FOS regularly host events and drop-in's for local communities across the UK to ensure people know where they can turn if something goes wrong. 

 ~  met with representatives of Whitchurch Primary School and Heathland School to discuss forthcoming funding challenges.
added my voice to the Bring Back Our Boys campaign in aid of the three yeshiva teenagers who were kidnapped in the West Bank by the Palestinian militant organisation Hamas. There has been a global outpouring of support for this campaign, including vigils and prayer gatherings for the safe return home of these three innocent young boys.

 ~  had meetings with various colleagues, constituents and charity representatives to discuss the issues that matter to our area.

Website of the Week
The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) was set up by Parliament to help resolve individual financial complaints, where the problem cannot be resolved by the customer or businesses involved alone. It's a free service and can help you to navigate even the most complex of financial information to ensure you are treated fairly. 

To contact them, write to:

The Financial Ombudsman Service, Exchange Tower, London, E14 9SR


Phone: 0800 023 4567 (Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm, Saturday: 9am to 1pm)

ConservativeHome Article
The plain packaging of cigarettes will protect the health of young people

Bob Blackman MP: "It is now likely that Parliament will vote on the introduction of standardised (“plain”) packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products before the next election. The regulations needed under the Children and Families Act to bring the policy into effect are about to be published for consultation. There are still some Conservatives who doubt the need for them, but I do not share their concerns.

"I must declare a personal interest here: both my parents died prematurely from smoking related disease. I am certainly motivated by that sad fact to try to prevent that tragedy from happening to another generation of children and young people. Although we have made great progress in reducing smoking rates, around one in five adults in the country still smoke, and about 80,000 people in England are still dying too soon every year as a direct result...


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