Your Member of Parliament for Harrow East

Andrew Percy MP

Opposition Day debate on Local Government Funding

Speaking during the Opposition Day debate on Local Government Funding Bob Blackman MP spoke about his extensive history working in local government and identified the fact that over the past three years, local authorities have faced 3.5% reductions or efficiency savings forced upon them by the former Labour Government. As a consequence of these reductions, 23 of the 32 local authorities suffered greatly with below inflation budget increases. If we do not take the education budget into account th...

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Business of the House

Questioning George Young, the Leader of the House of Commons, Bob drew attention to the Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome group. This is a group of 100 families who have campaigned for the past ten years for justice for their children who have disabilities caused by epilepsy drugs taken by their mothers during pregnancy. In a legal battle being fought against the pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis, the Legal Services Commission withdrew previously agreed legal aid funding on the eve of the trial...

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Supporting the NHS

In debates surrounding the Public Health White Paper Bob declared his support for the transfer of powers to local authorities and the ring-fencing of NHS funding. Bob questioned the Secretary of State for Health and asked him to clarify how the spending of that money will be enforced to ensure that local authorities are unable to use this money for other purposes.

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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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