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Since the last edition I have:

 
  • continued my schedule of regular campaigning around Harrow East
  • welcomed the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, to Harrow College
  • opened a new Lloyds TSB branch in Harrow Town Centre
  • continued my programme of providing a Q&A session and a tour of Parliament for constituents
  • continued my work on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and the Backbench Business Committee
  • attended a series of events to celebrate Navratri
  • supported Breakthrough Breast Cancer at a House of Commons reception
  • invited the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, to the Royal National Orthapaedic Hospital in Stanmore
  • joined representatives of The Mahatma Gandhi Foundation for a birthday celebration at KP Hall
  • attended a Macmillan Cancer Support event
  • volunteered at the Shree Swaminarayan Temple for Sewa Day
  • had meetings with colleagues, constituents and charity representatives to discuss the issues that matter to our area


Photo News
Sewa Day

Bob joined volunteers for a day of gardening, cleaning, painting and tree planting at the Shree Swaminarayan Temple, of Dharma Bhakti Manor, in Stanmore to celebrate Sewa Day. 
 
Sewa Day is a Hindu tradition of goodwill and volunteering in the community.

Street Surgeries
 
I am continuing to visit as many parts of the constituency as possible in order to meet with local residents and find out more about the issues that are affecting our area.

Recent surgeries have been held in Kenton West, Canons and Queensbury, with more coming soon elsewhere in our area.
Michael Gove Visits Harrow College
 
Bob was very pleased to welcome the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, to Harrow College alongside the Conservative Candidate for Harrow West, Hannah David. Mr Gove spoke to the student body about their BTech qualifications and also engaged with the students with special educational needs.

Lloyds TSB Opening

Bob was delighted to cut the ribbon and open the new Lloyds TSB branch on Station Road in Harrow Town Centre, and to meet the team running it.
 
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
 
Bob joined more than 70 MPs at a reception hosted by Breakthrough Breast Cancer at the House of Commons. There, the charity called on the Government to bring about a new focus on breast cancer, with a priority of introducing an equitable system through which effective new treatments are routinely made available to patients. 


Mahatma Gandhi Birthday Celebration

The Mahatma Gandhi Foundation held a celebration at KP Hall to commemorate the 144th birth anniversary of Bapu, at which Bob was very pleased to be welcomed as a guest.
Macmillan Cancer Support
 
Bob called for improvements to cancer patient experience in Harrow East and across London. In an event in Parliament, Macmillan Cancer Support briefed MPs on the results of the NHS National Cancer Patient Experience Survey and Macmillan’s work in the area to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. 

Macmillan's campaign aims to drive improvements of care and by attending the parliamentary event, Bob  is continuing to work with Macmillan in Harrow and nationally to ensure that people affected by cancer are always treated with kindness, dignity and respect. 

 

Jeremy Hunt Visits RNOH

Bob invited Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, to visit the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore to get some hands-on experience on the wards and to learn more about the redevelopment plans for the hospital. He and Bob then joined local volunteers members of the local community for a Harrow East Conservatives Association dinner.

Navratri Celebrations
 
Bob has had a busy Navratri (nine nights) attending events to celebrate the Hindu festival in praise of the mother deity Durga and marking the triumph of good over evil.
 
Navratri takes place at the beginning of October around harvest time each year.

A hugely popular occasion in our community, events were held all across the constituency and surrounding areas. Bob was pleased to join the Shree Kutch Leva Patel Community (UK), and the Lohana Community North London, for their celebrations, and to also attend events being held at Byron Hall, the Navnat Centre and in Stanmore Temple during the nine nights of celebration.
 
Websites of the Week
The charity needs to raise £20 million a year to support its essential research. You can help by taking part in events, such as cycling and trekking, triathlons and skydiving, and by donating to the cause. Visit their website to learn more.

Over 98% of their income in 2012 came from voluntary donations and fundraising and they need your help. Four million people are expected to be living with or beyond cancer in 2030, so the work will continue to increase. Visit their website for more information on how to make a difference in the fight against cancer. 

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