News from Bob Blackman MP


Since my last edition, I have been meeting constituents on street surgeries all around the constituency and I have been doing my part in Westminster to represent Harrow East.

Here are a few of the events and engagements I have taken part in recently:
Burglaries in Harrow
After a crisis of aggravated burglaries emerged in Harrow, I asked the Leader of the House for a debate in Government time on how we deal with that epidemic. I hold regular meetings with the Borough Commander and will continue to raise my constituents concerns with him.
Harrow Food Bank
I was delighted to meet my friends at our local food bank to hear about the generosity of Harrow people and the need for further funding to enable the team to meet the local need for emergency food aid. I am looking forward to helping them obtain more sponsorship.
I joined the Chief Executive and Vice Chairman of the RNOH Trust to visit the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital to see at first hand the completed new hospital buildings. I have provided assistance to the Trust for twelve years to help make this dream a reality.
St Mungo's
I was honoured to host the annual reception and launch of the new St Mungo's report on providing 'Home for Good' to help end homelessness at the House of Commons last night. I am always pleased to play my part in this campaign.
Canons High School Award

Congratulations to Canons High School for accreditation with the British Council International School Award. I was proud to present the award to the school with my colleague Damian Hinds, the Secretary of State for Education.

Monday 3rd: After my constituency surgery, I attended the House where we had Home Office Questions where I asked about when the Home Secretary will proscribe Hezbollah.

The PM then made a statement on the Euro Council and then the Attorney General gave a lengthy statement on the legal advice he gave to the cabinet on Brexit. I attended the HCLG Select Committee. We then had the 2nd reading of the Crime Bill. 

Tuesday 4th: FCO Questions opened proceedings where I asked the Minister for his assessment of the terror tunnels discovered between Lebanon and Israel.

We then had an emergency debate on the legal advice on Brexit. The Brexit debate then began. Sadly the Government lost 3 votes in short succession. I attended the Backbench Business Committee and then hosted a reception for St. Mungo’s on the release of their new report on housing. I was then guest speaker at the Brent North Christmas Dinner.

Wednesday 5th: I was interviewed by BBC Asian Network on Brexit. The House began with Wales Questions and then PMQs, where I asked for confirmation of the Holocaust Memorial and Education Centre being sited alongside Parliament.

The Brexit debate continued. I served on a delegated legislation committee on Competition Law and then attended the 1922 Executive and 1922 Committees.

Thursday 6th: Brexit Questions opened proceedings followed by Business Questions where I asked the Leader of the House for a debate on aggravated burglaries.

The Brexit debate continued. I had a meeting with the PM on the Brexit deal and then a series of meetings at CCHQ. I attended the Parliamentary Hanukkah Reception in Speaker’s House and then ran a tour of Parliament for constituents.

Friday 7th: I visited Weald Rise Primary School for a Q&A with the children. I visited RNOH to view the brand new hospital building which was being brought into operation that weekend. I was a guest at Councillor Ameet Jogia’s wedding.

Saturday 8th: Kenton West street surgery.

Sunday 9th: Queensbury street surgery followed by Wealdstone street surgery.

Monday 10th: I attended the annual CFI Business Lunch. In the House HCLG Questions opened proceedings where I asked about the number of people assisted under my Homelessness Reduction Act.

I also asked what action was being taken to ensure that tall buildings in the private sector are made safe.

I then attended HCLG Select Committee. 

Tuesday 11th: Treasury Questions opened proceedings followed by a UQ on a No Deal Brexit. We then had an emergency debate on Brexit, followed by Lords Amendments to the Ivory Bill, followed by a general debate on Fuel Poverty. I attended a briefing session on retirement communities and then attended the Backbench Business Committee.

Wednesday 12th: I attended the HCLG Select Committee then Northern Ireland Questions in the Chamber where I asked about using new technology to prevent the requirement for a hard border in Ireland.

PMQs followed. We then had a UQ on Statecraft where I asked for a review of editorial policy.

We then had the remaining stages of the Courts & Tribunals Bill. I posted my letter in the Vote 100 time capsule. Let us see if my predictions come to pass! I then attended the Procedure, 1922 Executive & 1922 Committees. I then helped administer the vote of confidence.

Thursday 13th: At DCMS Qs, I raised concerns about the timing of the statutory instruments on Fixed Odds Betting terminals and the impact on the GVC takeover of Ladbrokes.

Attorney General Questions followed. At Business Questions I raised the scandal of Crossrail.

At the statement on local authority funding, I asked if further long term settlements were planned.

At the statement on Police funding, I asked for extra funding for detectives to combat the rise in aggravated burglaries.

Later I attended a reception to recognise 20 young entrepreneurs including a constituent. In the evening, I ran a bumper crowd for a tour of Parliament.

Friday 14th: After my surgery, I visited Harrow Foodbank to hear at first-hand about their excellent work.

Saturday 15th: Canons street surgery.

Sunday 15th: Canons street surgery, followed by Wealdstone street surgery.

Monday 17th: Education Questions followed by statements on the Euro Council and then the Good Work Plan. 

Tuesday 19th: Justice Questions were followed by a UQ on Tuition Fees and a statement on Modernising Defence. We then had yet another emergency debate on Brexit followed by the 2nd reading of the Mental Capacity Bill. I attended a debate in Westminster Hall on Future Funding for Harrow Council.

I was then re-elected as Vice-Chairman of the UK/Israel APPG.

Wednesday 19th: Cabinet Office Questions opened proceedings followed by PMQs. At the statement on Immigration, I asked how the system would be made fair to everyone applying to come to the UK.

At the statement on the Ceasefire in the Yemen, I asked how the governments of Iran and Saudi Arabia could be encouraged to make the peace permanent.

I then attended the 1922 Executive and 1922 Committees.

Thursday 20th: International Development Questions opened proceedings where I asked about increasing trade with Israel post-Brexit. I also took the opportunity to remind the Speaker of the result of the League Cup Quarter-Final the previous evening!

At Equalities Questions, I asked when action to remove caste as a protected characteristic from the Equality Act 2010.

At the UQ on Deaths of Homeless People, I asked for confirmation of the number of households that had been prevented from becoming homeless in the period April-June 2018, the first quarter after my Homelessness Reduction Act became law (58,660).

At Business Questions, I praised the students of North London Collegiate School who recently raised £50,000 towards the National Brain Appeal to combat brain cancer.

In the afternoon, I participated in the pre-recess adjournment debate in Westminster Hall.

Meanwhile, in the Chamber, a debate was held on the plight of the Rohinga.

Friday 21st: I visited Stanmore Royal Mail Sorting Office to thank all the posties for their hard work and to wish them all Merry Christmas.

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