Newsletter of Bob Blackman - MP for Harrow East 

Since the last edition I have:

  • continued my schedule of regular campaigning around Harrow East
  • met with representatives of the Harrow Youth Parliament to discuss issues facing the young in our area and nationally
  • welcomed Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, to the Avanti House School in Stanmore
  • celebrated Diwali in a number of ways, including co-sponsoring a Diwali Reception in the House of Commons, visiting the Temples in Stanmore, Kenton, Neasden, Willesden and Ealing Road, and inviting the Avanti House School to take part in the Number 10 Downing Street Diwali Celebrations, which I attended. I also joined a number of Bollywood and Indian TV stars at a pre-Diwali celebration at Byron Hall
  • formed a new All Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus and was elected Chairman by my colleagues
  • agreed to be a Trustee for new local charity, 'The Reg Parmar Foundation of Natural Research'
  • continued my work on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and the Backbench Business Committee
  • continued my programme of providing a Q&A session and a tour of Parliament for constituents
  • Captained the House of Commons Team for the annual Commons vs Lords Bridge match
  • took part in the Silver Star Health Challenge to raise awareness of diabetes
  • attended the Eid Al-Adha Reception in 10 Downing Street
  • went to a Stanmore Park Ward Fish & Chips Quiz Supper at Glebe Hall
  • led a debate in the House of Commons on the subject of standardised packaging for tobacco products
  • had meetings with colleagues, constituents and charity representatives to discuss the issues that matter to our area

Photo News
Happy Diwali!

Diwali has been, as always, a very lively time of year. I was delighted to co-host the annual Diwali event in the House of Commons and to welcome an array of MPs, Ministers, Candidates, Councillors and representatives of prominent Hindu organisations to the celebrations. 
I also did a 'Tour of Temples' on New Year's Day, visiting Stanmore, Kenton, Neasden with the Prime Minister, Ealing Road and Willesden Mandirs and taking part in the celebrations in each. 

I was also pleased to be able to assist 10 Downing Street in its preparations for their annual Diwali Reception and arranged for pupils from Avanti House School to attend and play music for the Prime Minister. 
As well as taking part in these events, I was pleased to join a number of Bollywood and Indian TV stars at a pre-Diwali celebration at Byron Hall, Harrow Leisure Centre. There were various stalls selling a whole variety of goods and services, including phones, clothing and food. The mela is a market intended to give local Indians the opportunity of buying goods and services in time for Hindu New Year.
Justine Greening visits Avanti House School
On the subject of the Avanti House School, I also invited Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for International Development, to visit the newly opened premises in Stanmore, where she met with Year 7 and Year 8 pupils, and the Heads of Year, to get a closer perspective on the backgrounds of the pupils attending and the education on offer at the school.

National Citizenship Service Leaders

I met with local National Citizenship Service (NCS) Graduates Denique Brown, from Stanmore, and Mary Senganda, from Harrow, at a reception to honour the work of outstanding 16 and 17 year old social entrepreneurs. The reception was also attended by model, actress and NCS supporter Lily Cole.

Eid at Downing Street
I was pleased to join David Cameron prominent members of our community for a Eid al-Adha Reception in 10 Downing Street. The Prime Minister spoke about ways that we can support Muslim entrepreneurs and bring communities together.

Silver Star Health Challenge

I took a diabetes test to help raise awareness of the need for public to take the test of the condition at a Silver Star reception. Special guests Hari Dhillon, Dr. Michael Spence on BBC’s Holby City and Vineeta Rishi, Dr Jas Khella on BBC’s daytime drama Doctors, also joined in the efforts to highlight the problem of diabetes.
Street Surgeries
I am continuing to visit as many parts of the constituency as possible in order to meet with local residents and discuss the issues that are affecting our area with them.
Recent surgeries have been held in Belmont, Kenton East and Queensbury, with more coming soon elsewhere in our area.

Commons vs Lords Bridge Match

I had the honour of being Captain of the House of Commons team for the annual Commons vs Lords Bridge match.

The teams comprised of 8 former or current Members of each House and I am pleased to report a substantial victory was obtained by the Commons Team with a win of 8100 points.

I will be looking after the trophy for the team and we will return to defend our title next year.
Website of the Week - Remember Coconut
The Remember Coconut website was created by Kenton resident Kal Parmar, in honour of his father Vrajlal Parmar (known as Reg), who has Alzheimer's Disease. Kal will soon be launching a new charity, 'The Reg Parmar Foundation of Natural Research', with the stated aim of researching all potential cures for the disease, from drugs to natural remedies, such as the coconut oil that has alread benefited his father's health. 

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