Your Member of Parliament for Harrow East

Andrew Percy MP

Debate on the Budget

Bob welcomed the move to raise the tax thresholds to take me people out of tax, more people having more money in their pockets and the freedom to spend that money, is a thoroughly conservative means of governing. Bob called for measures in the next Budget that increase the tax threshold at which people pay 40%, so that those on reasonably well-paid jobs can gain substantially as the economy improves.

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Growing Places Fund

In Business, Questions, Bob drew attention to the excellent measures announced in the Budget yesterday which provided £70 million of additional funding for London for the growing places fund, which will help Mayor Boris Johnson produce 200,000 new jobs over the next four years. That brings into sharp contrast the choices before Londoners on 3 May. Bob called for an urgent debate on those choices. To read this debate in full, Read More →

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Budget Leak Inquiry

In questions to David Gauke MP regarding the Budget leak Inquiry, Bob asked why, with so much information provided in advance, did the the Leader of the Opposition get it so spectacularly wrong?To read this debate in full, Click Here

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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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