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Since the last edition I have:

 
  • continued my schedule of regular campaigning around Harrow East
  • welcomed the Chancellor, Rt Hon George Osborne, to Stanmore to see our local high street
  • officially launched the new All Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus
  • organised a meeting on Whitchurch Playing Fields, bringing together local campaigners, local Councillors, Whitchurch First School's Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher, and the Minister for Schools, Rt Hon David Laws
  • met with Juan Pedro Schaerer, the Head of Delegation for the ICRC in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and representatives from the Red Cross to discuss their work in the region
  • continued my work on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and the Backbench Business Committee
  • led a reception to launch the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control with Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
  • visited Princess Alexandra Care Home in Stanmore to discuss Jewish care in our area
  • met with board members including Rob Hurd, the Chief Executive of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, to discuss the long term development of the hospital and immediate issues
  • continued my programme of providing a Q&A session and a tour of Parliament for constituents
  • spoke out at Prime Minister's Question Time on the subject of rogue private landlords and 'beds in sheds' and followed it up at the final Adjournment Debate
  • facilitated a local Lions Club to hold a charity fundraiser in the House of Commons in aid of Alzheimer's
  • headed to Stanmore Delivery Office to congratulate our local postal workers for their hard work in the run up to Christmas
  • had meetings with colleagues, constituents and charity representatives to discuss the issues that matter to our area

Photo News
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
George Osborne in Stanmore

Bob joined forces with Hannah David, the Conservative Candidate for Harrow West, to welcome the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne, to Harrow to see the work of local shops and discuss the challenges to businesses with local traders.
 
The Chancellor paid a visit to shops on Stanmore Broadway, including Balloon ‘n Party, before joining members of the local traders association at Buckingham’s for a discussion on issues affecting their businesses and on the policy measures announced by Mr Osborne in the Autumn Statement last week, including a business rate discount of up to £1,000 for retail premises, including shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, which will benefit 5000 business properties in Harrow.

Mahavir Foundation Celebration
 
I was pleased to join the Mahavir Foundation charity for their annual programme of celebration of India's history and culture at the Jain temple in Kenton.
APPG British Hindus Launch

I was elected the Chairman of the newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus recently and it has now enjoyed its official launch in the House of Commons. It was attended by special guests Maha Mandleshwar Gita Manishi and Swami Shri Gyananand Ji Maharaj. The group will provide a platform of discussion and a voice for British Hindus to engage with Parliament.
 
NO TO HEATHROW AIRPORT EXPANSION: SIGN THIS PETITION
The Government’s Airport Commission has recommended expansion of Heathrow airport. There are a number of issues that concern me about the prospect of expansion, noise levels chiefly among them, and I believe we need to consider some of the alternative proposals that have been put forward.

Please sign this petition if you also oppose the expansion of Heathrow airport, and circulate it amongst friends.
 
Published & Promoted by Bob Blackman MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

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