Newsletter of Bob Blackman - MP for Harrow East 

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Since the last edition, Bob has:

 Â·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
·Met the management team at Northwick Park Hospital to discuss the position of the trust and raise patient concerns

- Conducted tours of Parliament for constituents at the Houses of Parliament

- Attended a tree planting session with Waitrose as part of its nationwide tree planting campaign

- Met members representing Harrow in the UK's Youth Parliament to discuss their and other young people's concerns in Harrow 

- Celebrated National Apprentice Week by meeting one of his constituents who is currently an apprentice at Metroline

- Been campaigning in Edgware to canvass constituents about their concerns

- Met representatives from the Electoral Commission to discuss his concerns about electoral fraud in the UK

- Attended Holi Festival at the Hare Krishna Temple in Elstree 

Harrow Youth Parliament

Bob met Harrow's representatives to Youth Parliament. The group discussed a number of issues including police numbers in Harrow and youth crime; same sex marriage and adoption by same sex couples; educational reform; decriminalisation of drugs; and youth unemployment.
Visits to Parliament 
Bob has launched a series of events whereby constituents can visit Parliament for a tour and Q&A session with Bob. It is an opportunity for Bob to discuss the work of Parliament and his efforts to represent the residents of Harrow East. Invitations to these evenings will be going to each constituent but with 79,000 in total it will take some time to reach everyone! 

Waitrose Tree Planting 

Waitrose has launched a nationwide tree planting campaign and Harrow has not missed out. In conjunction with the Woodland Trust, Waitrose plans to plant 35,000 trees across the UK. Bob lent a hand to staff at the Harrow Weald Waitrose as they planted the basis for a copse at Harrow Weald Recrational Ground. 
Apprentice Week 
Bob celebrated the 6th National Apprentice Week by meeting a local apprentice working for Metroline. The week aims to promote the benefits of Apprenticeships and the positive impact that they can have for businesses and employees alike. Mukund is doing well in his apprenticeship and Bob wished him all the best as he continues in his efforts. 

Holi Festival

Bob attended the 40th Anniversary celebration at the Hare Krishna Temple in Elstree. Bob helped light the bonfire to celebrate Holi and the triumph of good over evil, as well as the beginning of Spring - despite the cold weather!
Website of the Week - Brain Tumour Research - Click Here
Brain Tumour Research is an umbrella organisation that brings together a number of charities working for the common cause of research into brain tumours. One of the charities, Ali's Dream, is based in Harrow. Brain Tumour Research has launched a fundraising day around the title of 'Wear a Hat Day'. Find more details on the website and get involved by wearing a hat on the 28th March!


Bob in Parliament

- On the subject of introducing a minimum alcohol price, Bob asked whether a ban on anti-competitive behaviour would be a better solution. This would prevent retailers from selling alcohol at a loss as is often done to entice customers into their stores. 

- Bob called for a debate to highlight the need to ensure that the welfare system remains contribution based. He stressed the need to see the benefit system as one that is there for those not able to work, the weak and vulnerable and a helping hand to those looking to return to work.

- Bob asked the Government to condemn local authorities such as Harrow that are cutting grants to voluntary organisations that provide services to the weak and vulnerable. 

- Bob asked the Foreign Secretary what progress has been made to ensure that the poppy crop in Afghanistan is being diverted for legitimate medical use and away from the illicit black market.

- Bob spoke at length in the House of Commons following the Budget. He praised the positive effects that it would have in Harrow, noting the 40,000  people in his constituency that would benefit from a tax cut; the ever decreasing unemployment figures; and the 4,000 people that would be taken out of the tax system completely. 

- Bob praised the decision to offer compensation to Pre-1992 Equitable Life Annuitants - an issue he has campaigned on in the House in his role as Co-Chairman of the APPG for Equitable Life. 10,000 people will now receive between £5,000 and £10,000 

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