Your Member of Parliament for Harrow East

Andrew Percy MP

Welcoming Yoel Edelstein to Parliament

Bob was pleased to meet the Speaker of the Knesset, the Hon. Yuli (Yoel) Edelstein, at a briefing session held by the Inter-Parliamentary Union during his official visit to the United Kingdom. He also attended a dinner held in the Speaker's House to welcome the senior Israeli politician to the UK.Edelstein was one of the founders and leaders of Yisrael BaAliyah, a party of new immigrants that ran for the Knesset for the first time in 1996 and won an unprecedented 7 seats in the 14th Knesset. In ...

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Message In a Barrel

Bob added his voice to a campaign by the British Beer & Pub Association, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) by sending a ‘Message in a Barrel’ calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to cut beer duty in the Budget on 16th March. Beer tax in the UK remains far higher than that neighbouring European countries. In Germany, for example, the rate of tax on beer is some thirteen times lower than here in the UK.

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Visit My Mosque day at the Hujjat Centre

Bob visited the Husaini Islamic Centre on a Visit My Mosque open day that welcomed thousands of local residents. The National event, which is organised by the Muslim Council of Britain, is in its second year in running and has received a tremendous response from local residents. It is an opportunity for people of all faiths to learn about Islam and build bridges between different religious faiths. There was an exhibition of art work inspired by the Khoja heritage that was open to all visitors. H...

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Greek Orthodox Community New Year's Lunch Event

The Greek Orthodox Community in Harrow and Brent held a New Year's Lunch for local pensioners in their community hall, immediately after their Sunday Service and Bob was honoured to be invited to join in with the celebrations.The dinner, which was attended by the Mayor of Harrow, was kindly sponsored by Vice-President of the Community Council, Mr Andreas Georgiades.

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Smoking and Tobacco Discussion with Harrow Cut Films

The Imperial Tobacco AGM will be taking place in Bristol on February 3rd and last year a group of young people gathered outside the venue in order to make some noise and draw attention to tobacco industry behaviour. Bob was happy to meet with a group of young people from Harrow Cut Films to discuss their concerns about smoking and the tobacco industry overall in advance of the next youth protest.

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LSE Seminar on Understanding Jammu & Kashmir

Bob attended a seminar on understanding Jammu & Kashmir, held at the London School of Economics, as a guest speaker. He highlighted the need for more political engagement from the British Indian community and made a strong plea for the opening of a Holocaust museum for Kashmiri Hindus in London, to educate about dangers of Jehadi radicalisation.Other key speakers at the seminar included Dr Gautam Sen, a former LSE lecturer and a well-known writer & international political economist, Col ...

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Commemorative Meeting at the Indian High Commission

Photo by Bhupendrasinh Jethwa A meeting was arranged at the Indian High Commission in London by the Indo European Kashmiri Forum (IEKF), the Kashmiri Pandit Association Europe (KPAE) & the Hindu Council UK (HCUK) to commemorate the 26th year anniversary of the holocaust and genocide of Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus from their homeland. Bob attended to support the event, alongside members of the Kashmiri Hindu community, the Indian High Commission’s Minister of Coordination, Dr Onkar Sahota, Me...

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Celebrating Lohri Festival

The Voice of Dogras UK celebrated Lohri, the winter festival of India, at the Pink Turban restaurant at Rayners Lane in Harrow and Bob was invited to attend as the Chief Guest. The programme saw the coming together of the Dogra community (from Jammu region) together along with their Kashmiri brethren and other communities.Lohri is a winter harvest festival which marks the end of winter. In Jammu & Kashmir it is accompanied by traditional Chajja dance and Heren a folk theatre. In London, this...

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