Your Member of Parliament for Harrow East

Andrew Percy MP

United Kingdom Borders: Canterbury City Council Bill, Leeds City Council Bill, Nottingham City Council Bill and Reading Borough Council Bill

Bob Blackman supported the revival motion for these Bills on behalf of the sponsors. To read this debate in full, Click Here

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United Kingdom Borders: London Local Authorities and Transport for London (No. 2) Bill [Lords],

Bob supported the revival motion for the United Kingdom Borders: London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill. Bob is acting as the lead for TfL and London Authorities on this Bill.To read this debate in full, Click Here

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The West Bank

Bob utilised a Westminster Hall debate on the West Bank to draw attention to Israel’s history of dealing with settlements in relation to peace. In 2005, Israel destroyed the Jewish settlements in Gaza and withdrew from them. In 1982, in return for peace with Egypt, it withdrew from Sinai, destroying the settlements as part of the peace agreement. In fact, only last month, the outpost of Ulpana was ruled illegal by the Israeli courts. Israel has withdrawn from that and will demolish it.

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Cancer Treatments

During Health questions Bob warmly welcomed the improvements in screening, diagnostics and treatment for those suffering from cancer, but noted that patient outcomes are wildly different. For some, 10% of treatment will be successful, for others, 85% will be, and this means that we need more research to highlight which drugs and treatments should be introduced. Bob made a bid for part of the surplus to be directed to the expensive equipment that is required to make such research happen, so that ...

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Many countries outside the UK have legal systems that are based on ours, and this is particularly true in the Commonwealth. Bob asked what the Secretary of State for Justice has done to market the legal services in the UK to those countries.To read this debate in full, Click Here

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Bob raised the concerns that it is clearly vital that we rebuild confidence in the banking system after this further scandal, but there are questions to ask about what compliance regime was going on in Barclays during the mid-2000s and in every other bank. Bob asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he agreed that no matter what the regulations are, it is now vital that the banks come out with a clear, transparent and independent compliance regime to make sure that people who disobey the r...

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Bob referred to earlier in this week, when the Prime Minister made an excellent speech about the future strategy for benefits. The key issue that he made clear was that work will always pay but that benefits would be available for those who cannot work. Incredibly, the Labour party opposes a benefit cap and set up, when in government, a huge and complicated system of benefits. Bob Blackman requested a debate on the future strategy for benefits, so that we can pin down, once and for all, where th...

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House of Lords Reform Bill: New Clause 4 — Voting procedure

Bob supported Clause 4 of the Bill and recognised that if an individual is in a queue to vote before the closing time of 10pm their vote should still count. This matter has been raised on a number of occasions and was again relevant in light of the 2010 General Election. Problems again arise when two elections are held on the same day, for example the 2004 London Mayoral Election and the European Election. Long queues often form and there can be confusion at polling stations.

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