Your Member of Parliament for Harrow East

Andrew Percy MP

Circus Animals

The debate surrounding the use of wild animals in circuses was one that provoked strong reaction. In the debate Bob suggested that that the introduction of a ban with a firm date would mean that no new animals could be brought into circuses and that the circus owners will be put on notice that those currently operating in circuses will need to be retired to appropriate circumstances that suit their needs.

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RMT Strikes

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers—the RMT—is threatening, on a minority vote of its membership, to make travelling in London a misery over the next few weeks. In light of this, Bob Blackman MP called for a debate in Government time on requiring unions to secure a majority vote of their membership before they can take industrial action?

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Bob recently spoke during a debate on Azerbaijan and the South Caucuses.

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Gas Prices

In questions to the Leader of the House, Bob asked for a debate on energy policy and the effectiveness of regulations. Whilst many can understand that when the wholesale price of gas increases there is a concomitant increase in the retail price, it is clearly unacceptable that when the wholesale price decreases there is no affect on the retail price. It is clear that urgent action is needed in order to combat the Government's work on tackling inflation.

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Library Closures

Paying tribute to the excellent campaign being run by the Evening Standard to promote reading, Bob asked what can be done to combat the cultural vandalism that is the closure of libraries by large numbers of Labour-led local authorities.

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Adult Learning Provisions

Bob spoke in the Chamber during Education questions about the need for greater social mobility and argued that it is often the most disadvantaged who are failed by the academic system in their youth. In Education questions, Bob Blackman asked the Minister of State what steps he plans to take to target adult learning provision on those who most need the support to reach their full potential.

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Preventing Extremism

Bob asked the Home Secretary for assurances that those organisations that receive funding through the prevent scheme aimed at reducing extremism are evaluated on an out-come based system. Bob argued that by in this way then we can ensure that we can see if the funding has achieved the desired outcome or not.

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It has been reported that the border between Gaza and Egypt has been reopened; recognising the risks this may offer, Bob Blackman asked the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary what steps he is taking to make sure that the Egyptian Government stops assisting Hamas and Islamic Jihad and continues to put pressure on both sides to return to the negotiating table.

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