Following a busy summer, Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East has spent the last few months attending events across Harrow and Westminster. Parliamentary votes have run into the night on multiple occasions however Bob has maintained a rigorous schedule of local advice surgeries, canvassing, and local engagements.
In September, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid joined Mr Blackman and local Conservative Councillors in Stanmore District Centre to talk to local businesses and residents. Crime continues to be a primary concern for the people of Harrow and the two Conservative politicians discussed how Londoners have been let down by the Mayor of London and his failure to tackle knife and gun crime.
He welcome the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, to Harrow to open Avanti School in Stanmore; the first state sponsored Hindu secondary school.
Bob also chaired a meeting between residents and the police team responsible for Edgware, Kenton and Queensbury. They discussed the measures that local police teams are taking to combat crimes in Harrow and what can be done by the community to assist our police. The Harrow East MP intends to hold further public meetings with the police in the New Year.
Harrow East is a religiously diverse constituency 1 and Bob continues to make regular visits to the places of worship across the borough. There are a number of important religious dates towards the end of the calendar year and Bob made numerous visits to local religious groups to learn more about the various communities represented in his constituency.
He recently called for Diwali, Eid & Rosh Hashanah to be recognised as national holidays and told Harrow Online that “We are a diverse country with great adherence to religious faith and as such I strongly believe we need to celebrate the great religions through public holidays”.
Remembrance Day events were held across Harrow East and in Westminster on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. The Member of Parliament attended commemorative events including; the AJEX Parade in Westminster with Jewish veterans, joining local religious leaders at Harrow Civic Centre and remembering the contribution of Indian soldiers during the First World War.
In Parliament, Bob has raised a number of issues relating to Harrow East. Following the burglary of two Hindu temples in Harrow, Mr Blackman said in the chamber of the House of Commons:
“Last week, we celebrated the Hindu New Year and for most of us it was a joyous occasion. The following day, very sadly, the Willesden temple was broken into and the idols, or statues, that all Hindus celebrate were stolen. Subsequently, earlier this week, the Kenton temple was also broken into and the same thing happened. May we have a statement from the Home Secretary on the subject, so that greater security could be provided for Hindu temples across the country to prevent this from happening anywhere else?”
Also in the House of Commons following the introduction of Bob’s Homelessness Reduction Act2 , he asked the Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom for a debate on “all the projects that the Government are implementing to end homelessness in this country”.3
Mr Blackman tells Harrow Online that ahead of the New Year he is continuing to contribute to the ongoing domestic and foreign policy debates and that any Harrow East constituents in need of assistance on policy or personal matters should contact him at email@example.com.
Bob said: “This is a hugely important time in the United Kingdom’s history, and as a Member of Parliament it is my duty to ensure we make a success of Brexit. I continue to support the Government in the Brexit process and fully appreciate the complexities of this once in a lifetime period. We have been faced with the task of untangling forty years of integration with the EU and this is a task that any Government would treat with the upmost care.”