Your Member of Parliament for Harrow East

Andrew Percy MP

Education Projects in Nigeria

Further to his recent visit to Nigeria on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education For All, Bob initiated an important debate to discuss education projects in the country. The visit was aimed at understanding how Nigeria is addressing major educational challenges, specifically in terms of the education of girls and community involvement in education. The delegration also took the opportunity to meet Nigerian politicians as well to see the impact of British involvement on t...

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Business of the House

During Business Questions, Bob asked for an urgent statement on the operation of London Transport during the London Olympics and Paralympics. All tube workers have been offered an £850 bonus because they will be required to work at short notice and possibly for longer hours, but members of the Unite union have rejected this and are calling for a no-strings-attached bonus just for turning up for work. Bob asked for a debate so that we can expose this intransigence.To read this link in full, Read More →

London Local Authorities Bill

As a member of the Communities and Local Government Committee, Bob welcomed the opportunity to speak during the debate on the London Local Authorities Bill. Bob noted a number of topics discussed during the Third Reading, including that of turnstiles on public toilets, and the sale of cars on the internet. Bob expanded on this issue and explained that, at present, if people sell cars on the public highway and put notices in the cars, that is an offence and action can be taken. However, if unscru...

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Rail Reform

In questions to the Secretary of State for Transport, Bob drew attention to the RMT threats of a national campaign of resistance, including industrial action if necessary. Bob asked what message she had for those trade union dinosaurs and for the hard-working staff in the rail industry about the potential benefits of the investment taking place?   To read this debate in full, Click Here

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Purim and Holi

On the day of the Jewish festival of Purim and the Hindu festival of Holi Bob spoke of the importance of these events. Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jews from an evil King of Persia—there is, of course, a contemporary parallel with the President of Iran, who wishes to wipe Israel off the map. Holi commemorates the deliverance of Prahlad, whom Holika took into a funeral pyre in an attempt to kill him. However, Holika was consumed by the fire and Vishnu delivered Prahlad to safety. B...

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Nuclear Power

Following the UK-French summit, Bob Blackman asked the Parliamentary Under Secretary of state for Energy and Climate Change, what action he is taking to accelerate putting base load nuclear electricity into our grid, which is of course the cleanest form of energy we can have.To read this debate in full, Click Here

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London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill

Bob introduced the London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill for its second reading in the House. This is the third Bill to be promoted by the boroughs and Transport for London since TFL came into existence. Separately, the London boroughs have promoted no fewer than 10 London local authorities Bills of their own and TFL has promoted three of its own over the years. It is therefore fair to say that Bills of this nature are not uncommon—far from it, in fact. This form of localism h...

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Local Authority pay policy statements

Under the Localism Act 2011, passed by this Parliament, every local authority in the country is required to produce a pay policy statement. Bob therefore drew attention to the Harrow council budget setting meeting when a hastily cobbled together document was presented under a guillotine, so that no debate could take place.  

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