Newsletter of Bob Blackman - MP for Harrow East 

Victory at Last for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital!

(photo): Celebrating the news with Rob Hurd, RNOH's Chief Executive, in front of some of the World War 2 Portakabins and Nissan Huts which staff are still having to operate out of.

After years of campaigning for a funding injection to help rebuild the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore, the NHS Trust Development Authority has finally agreed to an unconditional loan of £20million. This is a great victory for the hospital and will be a huge relief to all of the hardworking staff who have been providing a world class service in substandard conditions for far too long. This really is tremendous news for everyone locally as it will kick-start a whole new era for this fantastic facility.

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) NHS Trust is a world renowned specialist hospital for the diagnosis and treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions which range from the most acute spinal injury, bone tumour and complex joint reconstruction to orthopaedic medicine and specialist rehabilitation for chronic back pain sufferers.  At present clinical excellence and innovation is being delivered in buildings constructed in the early 1940s!

Major Funding Boost for Whitefriars School Development!

(photo): Touring the site for the new landmark building due to open at Whitefriars School, along with Executive Headteacher Chris Spruce (far left).

I held a meeting with between Chris Spruce, the Executive Head of Whitefriars School and the Schools Minister, David Laws, to discuss the need for a £250k Government loan over the next five years to facilitate the school's expansion plans. I was very pleased to hear that this request for support was subsequently granted. Whitefriars is already known to be an excellent school with high levels of attainment for pupils so I know this news is going to be very welcome to a lot of local families.

Almost uniquely, Whitefriars is a Primary School which is expanding to be a 3-18 through school, with plans for a 750 place secondary section and 150 place 6th Form. The injection of funds will be used to ensure that the Academy Trust can meet needs for new staffing and resources as well as facilities management costs for the new 9000 square metre landmark building for its opening this September.

'Jail and Bail' Fundraising for St Luke's Hospice Harrow

I'm still fundraising for St Luke's Hospice, Harrow as part of their annual ‘Jail and Bail’ event... and there's still time to lend a hand! Visit my justgiving page to help me raise funds for this exceptional charity.
Since the last edition I have,

  ~  continued my schedule of regular work around Harrow East.

  ~  attended a hustings hosted by the Muslim Forum of Middlesex at the Husaini Islamic Centre in Stanmore.
  ~  received a visit from a group of Citizenship Ambassadors from Cedars Manor School in Harrow Weald as part of the Go-Givers Make A Difference Challenge. This group of ambitious young Ambassadors made a compelling case for the regeneration of Cedars Park and talked me through their plans for how it could be achieved.
 ~  attended a Question Time on the Environment at the Civic Centre, hosted by the Harrow Environmental Forum.

  ~  attended Holi, the Festival of Colours, and Gaura Purnima at Bhaktivedanta Manor, taking part in the traditional Holika Dahan, where coconuts are placed onto a bonfire to remind of the story of the Prince Prahlada and his wicked aunt Holika who tried to kill him in the same way only to perish herself.
 ~  continued my work on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and the Backbench Business Committee.

 ~  joined the staff in the Sainsbury's on Stanmore Broadway to celebrate their fantastic fundraising efforts for Comic Relief this year. Together they managed to raise almost £3,000 for this good cause. Well done to everyone who got involved and made this such a great success!
  ~ spoke out about the need to tackle anti-semitism and promote of interfaith harmony at the Harrow Day Limmud 2015 Panel Discussion at the JFS School in Kenton.

  ~ attended the unveiling of the new statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square to mark the 100th anniversary of his return to India to start the struggle for independence from British rule. The unveiling ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister, India’s finance minister, Arun Jaitley, and Gandhi’s grandson, Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
  ~ visited Bentley Wood High School to have a lively open discussion and Q&A session with their Year 11 and 6th Form politics students.

  ~ spoke at a Conservative Friends of Israel Panel Conference entitled 'We Believe in Israel', at which I made the case that voters who are pro-Israel have a natural home within the Conservative Party.

  ~  organised a visit to Parliament for the Park High School Public Speaking Club. This group of confident young students had the opportunity to exercise their skills by engaging me in a Q&A session on subjects of their choosing and were then taken on a guided tour of Parliament.
  ~ spent time out and about on the streets of Harrow with all the wonderful local people who are giving up their free time to help safeguard our economy by campaigning for a Conservative victory this May... and you'll be glad to hear there's always space for more people to join in!
If you have a few hours to spare, come along and get involved. Everyone has a part to play, whether it's by helping put together leaflets, dropping them off when you have the time, speaking to people on the phone or going out and talking to them on the doorsteps.

Don't be shy, volunteer by emailing or by calling 020 8421 4161.

Achievements Checklist

The last time the Labour Party were in Government, we were left with a record mountain of public debt and a huge deficit. Now, after only 5 years of a Conservative Government, that deficit is falling, employment is rising and our economy is growing. Hardworking taxpayers locally are seeing the benefits and we now have an unemployment figure of less than 2% in Harrow East.

However, the job isn’t done yet. This May you have the chance to vote for a tried and tested MP with a track record of getting things done. Bob has already:

•    Safeguarded Whitchurch Playing Fields from a private consortium for local schools to use.

•    Personally hosted more than 2000 constituents on tours of the Houses of Parliament with Q&A sessions.
•    Successfully campaigned for funding for Northwick Park Hospital’s new £21 million A&E facility and secured £20 million for the redevelopment of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

•    Campaigned to save Stanmore and Kenton libraries and fought for Bob Lawrence Library. Also campaigned to save Harrow Arts Centre from Labour-run Harrow Council’s closure plans.
•    Lobbied to ensure that funding has been made available for schools locally, with £70 million secured and 15 local primary schools currently expanding (including Elmgrove School, pictured below).

•    Fought on behalf of local residents whose lives are being blighted by Barnet FC’s Hive.
•    Campaigned tirelessly for lifts to be added to Stanmore and Canons Park stations and strongly supported plans to extend Crossrail to Harrow and Wealdstone station.

•    Taken up more than 17,000 individual cases on behalf of local residents. No problem too big!


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Parliament may be closing its doors for the General Election from April, but it's business as usual in Bob's office. If you have any issues or concerns which Bob could help you with, please don't hesitate to get in touch using the contact details below:
Phone: 020 8219 3323 (Bob's office) or
020 8219 4161 (Harrow East Conservatives)
Address: 209 Headstone Lane, Harrow, HA2 6ND


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