Since the last update from the Harrow East MP, the Brexit negotiations and debates have continued in the House of Commons and Bob Blackman has spent time in both Westminster and Harrow representing his constituents on a variety of issues.
After a crisis of aggravated burglaries emerged in Harrow, Bob asked the Leader of the House for a debate in Government time on how the epidemic of burglaries can be combated. Mr Blackman holds regular meetings with the Borough Commander and continues to raise the concerns of Harrow residents with the police.
Bob Blackman’s statement to the House of Commons can be found here.
Bob Blackman also asked colleague and Policing Minister, Nick Hurd MP what can be done to assist the police in dealing with these crimes:
“My right hon. Friend the Minister will know that, in Harrow, we face a spike in aggravated burglaries—burglars burst into people’s homes knowing that they are there to intimidate them and beat them up. That clearly needs extra policing resources, but not ordinary policing resources—it needs detectives with experience and capability. What in the settlement will encourage people to remain in the police force and encourage new recruits?”
Nick Hurd, MP for neighbouring Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner explained that one of the gangs involved had been disrupted and that further resources are needed for the Metropolitan Police “to support increased investment in detectives, who follow up crime and give a better service to victims.”
The Government recently announced that there will be up to £970 million additional funding to enable police forces to recruit more officers.
Mr Blackman has also joined the Rob Hurd, Chief Executive and Joe Carlebach, Vice Chair of the RNOH Trust to visit the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital to see at first hand the completed new hospital buildings. He has provided assistance to the Trust for twelve years and tells Harrow Online:
“I am very proud of the work that has been done by all involved to make sure these wonderful facilities have become a reality and I wish all medical and non-medical staff good luck as they get used to working in their new facilities into the New Year.”
Bob Blackman MP alongside the Chief Executive and Vice Chairman of the RNOH Trust.
Canons High School recently received accreditation for a British Council International School Award and Bob was proud to present the award to the school with his colleague Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary.
Schools in Harrow East continue to perform well with 13 schools currently holding an Outstanding rating from Ofsted.
Bob Blackman debated the topic of Harrow Council Funding in a Westminster Hall debate and questioned why Labour run Harrow Council was one of a small minority of local authorities to not sign up for multi-year settlements, which gives councils a real-terms increase in core spending power.
“Harrow refused to do so, and has never answered my question why it refused. That brings the uncertainty of not knowing how much money will come in each year.”
Blackman also went on to secure a meeting with The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rishi Sunak MP to discuss what measures can be taken to ensure Harrow is an attractive area for businesses.
He recently met with volunteers at the Harrow food bank to hear about the generosity of Harrow residents and the need for further funding to enable the team to meet the local need for emergency food aid. He told Harrow Online that he is “looking forward to helping them obtain further sponsorship and I am very grateful to the generous people of Harrow and the volunteers at the food bank”.
Bob tells Harrow Online that in the New Year he will continue 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.