Bob recently spoke in an important Westminster Hall debate on anti-Semitism.
In his commitment to tackling anti-Semitism, Bob also declared his commitment to re-educating those who are anti-Semitic, to participating in a proper democracy that allows others to celebrate their religion and culture without fear. Anti-Semitism is bounded by ignorance and prejudice and must be combated.
Bob used his time in the chamber to make clear his support for the reduction of detention without charge from 28 days to 14 days. Bob asked the Minister to confirm that there is no one currently in custody who will have to be released by Wednesday because their detention period has gone beyond 14 days. The Minister made clear that he was unable to discuss individual cases. To read the quote in full, follow this think: Read More →
In light of the recent political developments in Tunisia, Bob questioned the Minister of State about the large number of British nationals still in Tunisia. Bob asked what advice was available to those British Nationals who have relatives, property, assets or business there on what protection they can receive from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. To read the quote in full, follow this quote: http...
Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate on the impact of the Comprehensive Spending review on Local Government, Bob described the centralised approach to running local government under the previous Government. Under this system local authorities became accustomed to specified, performance and area based grants. This rigid system will now be removed in order to allow local authorities to work according to local priorities.
In Questions to HM Treasury, Bob spoke out about bankers’ bonuses and asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to ensure that bonuses were paid only on the basis of bankers’ performance rather than just financial information. To read this quote in full, follow this link: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debate/?id=2011-01-11a.165.8
Bob has been working hard to secure the future of Harrow Magistrates Court. Bob has been in constant contact with the Ministry of Justice and submitted documentation in support of the Magistrates Court. In questioning the Department for Justice Bob again clarified that it will indeed cost money to close the court rather than keeping it open. Bob expressed concern that “the Minister refused to receive an all-party delegation from Harrow Council and the bench”. Bob Blackman again asked him to ...