Your Member of Parliament for Harrow East

Andrew Percy MP

Freezing the Council Tax

In questioning to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Bob Blackman MP questioned whether, based on the representations he has received, The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP can ensure that prepared councils will be able to freeze council tax following the years of rapid increases endured under Labour.  

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Supporting Post Offices

Bob is a staunch supporter of the Royal Mail and spoke in the Chamber in support of the arrangements between the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Post Office to enhance the capability of post offices. Bob recognised that a large number of post offices are run by individuals or families as part of their wider business and commends the work that these people do. Bob has committed his support to keeping the post office network open and profitable. To read the quote in full, follow this link. Read More →

Reducing the Deficit 16th November

Questioning The Chancellor of the Exchequer on, Bob urged Mr Osborne to publish a regular scorecard showing whether the deficit is being reduced so that the public can make informed decision and hold policymakers to account. To read the quote in full, follow this link: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debate/?id=2010-11-16a.743.2

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Improving Education 15th November

In Departmental Question Time, Bob was successful in securing a visit from The Rt. Hon Michael Gove to the Krishna-Avanti Primary School, the first state- sponsored school for Hindus in the country.  The Secretary of State said: “In this pre-Diwali season, I think we should pay tribute to the significant success of that Hindu school, and to the significant commitment of many Hindu parents to ensuring that our state education can provide respect for their faith along with a perfect prepara...

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Equitable Life - 10th November

Speaking up for the policy holders suffering from the collapse of Equitable Life, Bob Blackman called for assurances that the people who have been wronged are compensated properly, fairly and independently.  

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The Middle East 9th November

Bob Blackman MP again expressed his commitment to supporting the endeavours of the State of Israel and a peaceful resolution. Speaking in Foreign and Commonwealth Office Question Time Mr Blackman said  

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Housing Benefit – 9th November

Speaking again about the proposed reforms of Housing Benefit, Bob made clear the bureaucratic implications for those wishing to claim. Many individuals who claim benefits have to go to Jobcentre Plus, the pensions authority, the disability and carers service, their local authority and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. If they are on jobseeker's allowance they may have to swap between that and incapacity benefit, claiming the money from the same agency yet having to claim again. It costs £1 bil...

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Controlling Immigration 1st November

Bob questioned in the house what recent progress has been made on the reform of the immigration system. http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2010-11-01b.593.0&s=speaker%3A24945#g594.0

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