Newsletter of Bob Blackman - MP for Harrow East 
Since the last edition I have,

 ~  continued my schedule of regular campaigning around Harrow East.

 ~  met Tony Medhurst, Principal of Stanmore College, to discuss funding and related issues for the institution.

  ~  met Harrow College students for Barclays Money Skills week, a money management programme for students at further education colleges, to encourage them to improve their financial, enterprise and employability skills with the initiative.
 ~  joined members of the Harrow Rugby Football League club and their Chairman, Andrew Smart, for lunch and a discussion.

 ~ met Senior Tourism Affairs Executives from VisitBritain to talk about the upkeep of palaces, stately homes and museums in our area.
  ~  had a very interesting discussion with the School Council of Whitefriars School on a range of topics, with emphasis on the positive way a good education can impact the lives of young people. The children were very curious about the role of an MP and I answered their questions and encouraged them to learn more about politics as a career path. 
 ~ welcomed the Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire, for a visit to the KP Hall in Kenton to speak about his brief and update us on current government policies on immigration. The Minister answered questions on a wide range of areas from local community members for over an hour and even promised to return on another occasion to keep the dialogue going. Sincere thanks to the National Congress of Gujarati Organisations for hosting the event, which was very well attended and was a great success all round.
 ~ chaired a discussion with the Centre For Near East Policy on war crimes in Sri Lanka and related issues.

 ~ joined constituents from local charity, Ali's Dream, at a Brain Tumour Research Event held in the Speaker's House in Parliament.
 ~  continued my programme of events for the Bob Blackman Business Breakfast Club, welcoming the very successful businessman Rami Ranger MBE, as guest speaker at our most recent event. Rami recently released his inspiring book, From Nothing to Everything: An inspiring saga of struggle and success from £2 to a £200 million business.
  ~  joined Barnet students for an event run by Cut Films, which highlighted the health benefits of giving up, for national No Smoking Day. As a long time campaigner and Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health, I am very passionate about helping people to give up smoking.

 ~ met Chief Superintendent Ovens of Harrow Borough Police to discuss crime rates in our area and for an update on any matters of local concern.

 ~  chaired a Henry Jackson Society discussion on the subject of â€œJewish Refugees from Arab countries: A key issue in the Middle East Peace process”.

  ~  cut the ribbon for the grand reopening of the Post Office in Queensbury. It has been upgraded using some of the £1.34 billion of funding provided by the Government to revitalise the Post Office network.
 ~  continued my work on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and the Backbench Business Committee.

 ~ attended the address of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on her recent visit to the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street.
 ~ continued to hold surgeries in my office in Harrow for individual cases and for groups.

 ~ chaired a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus on the subject of caste legislation and the way Hinduism is represented in Parliament.

  ~  co-sponsored the Sewa Pioneer Awards, which recognise groups who perform selfless acts of kindness and giving in the spirit of Sewa, in the House of Commons and presented a volunteer group award to winners the OM Group
 ~  had meetings with various colleagues, constituents and charity representatives to discuss the issues that matter to our area.

Website of the Week
Ali's Dream is a local charity, based in Stanmore, which was set up to raise funds for research into discovering the causes, advancing treatments and finding a cure for childhood brain tumours. It was created in memory of Alison Phelan, who died in 2001 aged eight. It funds fund research into:
  • Discovering the causes of childhood brain tumours
  • Advancing treatments, and
  • Finding a cure.
5,000 children and adults are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year in the UK.


Good News for Education in Harrow

Between 2011 and 2015 schools in Harrow will receive nearly £23.6 million of extra funding to provide new school places.

Six schools are being rebuilt under the Priority School Building Programme and nearly 1,900 extra primary school places are being created using money made available from the Targeted Basic Need Fund.

To take one example of newly available funding pools helping locally, Park High School received nearly £210,500 from the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund.
The Government is spending billions on helping every child to reach their full potential and is given the skills they need to get on in life and secure their future. We have more than doubled funding for new school places and we already have four Academies and the Avanti House free school in Harrow East, giving parents a choice of high quality school places locally.
As well as receiving funding for new school places, the Government has also allocated £11.5 million for repairs to existing school buildings, between 2011 and 2015. The Pupil Premium will also see schools in Harrow East receive nearly £11.1 million to help close attainment gaps between the most disadvantaged pupils and their peers over the same time period.


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