Newsletter of Bob Blackman - MP for Harrow East 

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Bob is raising money for St Luke's Hospice, Harrow. He will be donating any money from mileage claims made from now until the General Election as part of the overall fundraising effort being made for their annual ‘Jail and Bail’ event.

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Since the last edition I have,

  ~  continued my schedule of regular work around Harrow East.

  ~  visited Elmgrove Primary School & Nursery Visit with Minister Rob Wilson to congratulate them on a successful bid from the Priority School Building Programme which will allow them to rebuild the whole school.
  ~  nominated Janice Howkins, Headteacher of Bentley Wood High School in Stanmore, as an 'Outstanding Head Teacher' and accompanied her to a Downing Street event held to honour the most inspiring and hard working educational leaders in the country. Richly deserved!
  ~  joined AS/A Level Politics students in one of their classes at Harrow College for a Q&A and discussion, and then also welcomed Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Andrea Leadsom MP to the College to meet with Principal, Tony Medhurst, and to take questions from the Business and Economics students.
  ~ joined Nick Hurd at a quarterly meeting  with local Clinical Commissioning Groups in order to to discuss any issues with local NHS services.

  ~  attended the Edgware & District Reform Synagogue (EDRS) 80th Anniversary Celebrations led by Rabbi Daniel Smith, Senior Minister of EDRS. A special Civic Shabbat service was observed, after which we all enjoyed a celebratory Kiddush.

  ~  invited a group of media students from Stanmore College to a Number 10 Downing Street to attend a reception with the Chancellor, George Osborne, held to honour the creative industries. A report of the visit is available on the Stanmore College website, here.
  ~ made a return visit to the Welldon Centre and Firm Foundation shelter to discuss the work being done by the brilliant job volunteers there who are making a huge difference in helping to rebuild homeless men's lives.
  ~  welcomed the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and the Chancellor, George Osborne, to Weston Homes' Aura housing development off Edgware High Street to see the new 189 family homes on offer. Harrow is filled with new developments to ensure affordable homes are available locally to all.

 ~  attended a Pre-Election “Question Time” assembly at The Sacred Heart Language College in Wealdstone.
~  met Eashan Thakrar, CEO of local charity The Youth Project, and constituent Dylan Gokani who has recently won a Diana Award for his commitment. The charity, which is run entirely by young people, has been running for only 9 months but has already gained over 400 members in four countries with over 400 members.
  ~  welcomed the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, along with 40 volunteers, to Priestmead School for a special event hosted by Primary Futures. Over 2000 primary schools have registered for the scheme, with all kinds of professional people giving their time for free to show children that there should be no limit on their ambitions.
 ~  continued my work on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and the Backbench Business Committee.
 ~  had meetings with various colleagues, constituents and charity representatives to discuss the issues that matter to our area.

Recent Debates in Parliament

Bob has recently led two very important debates in Parliament. The first, on Equitable Life, called on the next Government to commit to a graded compensation package for victims of the scandal based on the improving state of the public finances:

Bob Blackman: I beg to move that this House congratulates the Government on providing a scheme to compensate victims of the Equitable Life scandal; welcomes the Government’s acceptance of the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s findings in full; notes that the Parliamentary Ombudsman recommended that policyholders should be put back in the position they would have been in had maladministration not occurred; further notes that most victims have only received partial compensation compared to the confirmed losses; and calls on the Government to make a commitment to provide full compensation during the lifetime of the next Parliament as the economy and public finances continue to recover. Read More â†’

The second debate was on the urgent need for redevelopment of the Royal National Orthapaedic Hospital in Stanmore and Bob was pleased that this debate established that a decision on funding this will be made this month by the NHS Trust Development Authority, with the result anticipated to be positive by Health Ministers:

Bob Blackman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Alan, in this vital debate that is important not only locally in my constituency, but nationally. The Royal National Orthopaedic hospital in Stanmore is a national and international institution par excellence. I will use a quote that I gleaned when doing some research. The RNOH delivers “Outstanding clinical outcomes for patients” in premises that are “not fit for purpose—it does not provide an adequate environment to care and treat patients.” I and the staff of the hospital could not have put it better. That is a direct quote from the most recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission in August 2014. Read More â†’


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