Your Member of Parliament for Harrow East

Andrew Percy MP

British Lung Foundation Children's Charter

Bob attended the Parliamentary Launch of the British Lung Foundation's Children's Charter to show his support for this exceptionally worthwhile charity. Whilst there, Bob met representatives of the charity and learnt of their desire to provide a smoke free environment for children. This is a cause that Bob actively supports as he is a campaigner against smoking and the terrible effects that smoking has on people.

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CST Dinner

CST is an important organisation working to tackle and abolish Anti-Semitism. CST also provides security at synagogues and Jewish Schools. Bob recently attended a dinner organised by the company in order to learn more about their work over the past year.

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Meeting re outsourcing APPG

Bob has recently met with the National Outsourcing Association and has agreed to help form an All Party Group on Outsourcing and Shared Services. Outsourcing and sharing services is a critical area of potential savings for both local and central government. However, there are vested interests, particularly in certain authorities where fiefdoms and long established ways of working will mean that there is resistance to the new ways of working.

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Sian Lloyd

Bob recently met with Home Heat Helpline and Sian Lloyd to discuss the free help and advice available to constituents on their energy bills.

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CAMRA reception

Bob is a keen advocate of the British pub industry and recently attended a Campaign for Real Ale reception.

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Local Government Information Unit

As a member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, Bob recently attended a Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) roundtable discussion to talk about the important issue of self-funded care. This is a major issue for the future and needs to be addressed on a cross-party basis so that a solution is found that stands the test of time. Bob was interested to hear at first-hand how some local authorities were innovating in this key service.

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Harrow PCT

Bob met with Mark Easton CEO of NHS Harrow and Marcia Saunders, the interim chair of NHS Harrow. The main purpose of this meeting was to introduce Bob and Marcia as she takes up her new role at an important time for healthcare in Harrow. The critical concern is the £51 million debt that has built up by Harrow PCT. This is compounded by the overspending each year. Now the PCT has to produce a balanced budget to clear the debt by 2013. Bob raised his concerns that Harrow PCT will have to stop som...

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London First dinner

As a London MP it is important that Bob has an insight into the priorities of Londoners as a unique body. At the end of the month Bob attended the London First dinner to meet with other London MPs and key stakeholders in the future of our great city. The various priorities for London from the business community were debated.

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