Newsletter of Bob Blackman - MP for Harrow East 


Since the last edition I have:

- Voted in the House of Commons in favour of an EU Referendum

- Given evidence at the Whitchurch Playing Fields Town Green Application Hearing

- Held a public meeting at Canons High School to discuss concerns regarding the Hive and Barnet FC's long-term presence in Edgware 

·Performed my duties as a member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.
· Welcomed constituents to the Houses of Parliament for a Q and A session followed by a tour of Parliament

- Attended the Harrow Civic Service at St Mary's Church

- Attended a meeting of the Overseas Friends of BJP at the Sangat Centre in Wealdstone

- Continued my campaigning activities across the constituency, most recently visiting Edgware

- Launched The Disability Foundation as Stanmore Sainsburys charity partner

- Attended Stanmore Park Summer BBQ 

- Attended the Youth Achievement Awards at the House of Commons

Photo News
Public Meeting - The Hive

I arranged a public meeting at Canons High School to discuss growing concerns over activities at the Hive. I was pleased to welcome over 150 local residents and to answer questions with Harrow East Conservative Association Chairman, Cllr. Marilyn Ashton. 

Civic Service - St Mary's Church
I attended the Harrow Civic Service at St. Mary’s Church, Harrow on the Hill. The service was well attended despite being boycotted by members from Harrow Labour. St. Mary’s is Harrow’s oldest church and the annual civic service is held there each June. I am pictured with the Mayor of Harrow, Cllr. Nana Asante, and Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Camilla Bath. 
Sainsbury's Charity Launch - The Disability Foundation 

Stanmore Sainsbury's has teamed up with The Disability Foundation and I was pleased to be there for the launch. The Disability Foundation offers subsidised therapies to disabled people and their carers. £1,100 was raised on the initial launch day, including £500 donated by Sainsburys. 

Overseas Friends of BJP
I attended a meeting of the Overseas Friends of the BJP (the Indian opposition party) at the Sangat Centre in Wealdstone. The meeting was held in honour of the visiting Deputy Leader of BJP, Mr Arun Jaitley. With elections in 2014 in India, Mr Jaitley took the opportunity to discuss the policies that the BJP would be promoting during the campaign and what they would hope to do if elected to office.

Parliamentary Tours

I have set-up a series of events whereby constituents can visit Parliament for a tour and a Q&A session with me. It is an opportunity for me to discuss the work of Parliament and my efforts to represent the residents of Harrow East. Invitations to these evenings will be going to each constituent but with more than 79,000 in total it will take some time to reach everyone!

Youth Achievement Awards 
I attended the Youth Achievement Awards at the House of Commons to witness Tejal Patel, a student at Harrow’s Sai School, receive her award. Miss Patel received the award for having a positive impact on those around her and in the wider community. I congratulated the school on its hard work and success, as well as taking the opportunity to encourage the School to become a fully fledged, full-time, Free School – the school currently operates as a Saturday school. 

Website of the Week - The Disability Foundation - Click Here
The Disability Foundation, based at the RNOH site in Stanmore, offers subsidised therapies to disabled people; individuals suffering from chronic health issues or medical conditions; as well as carers and NHS staff. Stanmore Sainsbury's has recently teamed up with The Disability Foundation to act as a community sponsor. This will see the Stanmore store actively raise money for the charity and promote the work that it does in the community. 
Abu Qatada Deported 
After 8 years of legal wrangling, Abu Qatada has successfully been deported to Jordan.  
Since relocating to Harrow in December 2012, large protests have taken place outside the preacher’s tax-payer funded home in Stanmore and local residents have had to cope with the pressures of a continual police presence. 
“I am sorry to say that it has taken 8 years and £2.2 million of public money to achieve this however I am overjoyed at the result. Abu Qatada has stood as a symbol of injustice and I am proud that this Government has dismantled that symbol. The battle will now be to prevent Qatada’s family from receiving any financial support from Harrow Council. There is of course also the worry of what could happen if Abu Qatada is found innocent in Jordan. He may seek to come back to the UK, citing his right to a family life under the auspices of the ECHR. I will be speaking directly to the Government to gain assurances on both of these matters”. - Bob Blackman MP
EU Referendum 
I am proud to have voted in favour of an EU referendum in a House of Commons vote - the second time I have done so since being elected. 
The vote is part of the Conservative Party’s attempt to secure a referendum regarding the UK’s relationship with the European Union. The Labour and Liberal Democrat Parties have so far refused to back the referendum. 
“I have consistently backed a referendum, even rebelling against my party to do so when the issue was last raised in Parliament. It has been forty years since the British public had its say on this crucial issue - I am therefore delighted that the Conservative Party is now 100% behind the campaign to secure a referendum. I am only disappointed that my Labour counterpart in Harrow West, Gareth Thomas, did not also back the referendum.” - Bob Blackman MP
Public Meeting - The Hive 
I arranged a public meeting at CanonsHigh School to discuss growing concerns over activities at the Hive. I was pleased to welcome over 150 local residents and to answer questions with Harrow East Conservative Association Chairman, Cllr. Marilyn Ashton. I was promoted to convene the meeting in response to concerns regarding excessive noise, parking problems, operating times, and issues relating to planning permission at the site. 
“People are rightly very angry and nothing is being done about this problem. We are likely to face a year of chaos ahead of us as no solution has been put in place. There has been talk of a controlled parking zone, but that will mean residents will have to pay. So it is going to cost residents money to have Barnet Football Club play here. From what I have heard there has been a major lack of communication between Harrow Council and residents about what is going on and they have not been consulted about the football matches being played on the site.”
I will continue to press Harrow Council and Barnet FC to reach a solution that has local residents' concerns and considerations at its centre. 
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