Bob Blackman MP elected chairman of Hindu parliamentary group

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An MP has been announced as chairman of a parliamentary group to champion the interests of the Hindu community.

Bob Blackman is now the chairman of All Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus following a meeting last week.

A total of 23 MPs and Lords from all three main political parties have now signed up to be qualifying members of the group.

The representative for Harrow East said: “I have been working towards the creation of a strong forum for British Hindus to interact with Parliament since being elected, so I am delighted that this cross-party group has now formed and is receiving a lot of support across the board.

“I look forward to hosting a lively programme of discussions and events which will provide a platform for the Hindu community to positively engage and find its voice within our political system.”

Jayesh Jotangia, barrister and leader of the secretariat team, said: “The All Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus is no doubt a very positive step forward in the evolution of the Hindu community in the UK."

The group’s main aims will be raise awareness of Hindu beliefs and right to freely practise the Hindu religion in the UK.

It will also look to improve the Government's engagement with the Hindu community through better consultation with grassroots.

Other members of the parliamentary group are Lord Navnit Dholakia, Virendra Sharma MP and Mathew Offord MP.

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6:26pm Wed 13 Nov 13

Duke of Chandos says...

Oh dear Bob the things you do to buy favour with the local voters!

What with first being a member of the All-Party Britain-Israel Parliamentary Group and now Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus and your convenient opposition to Barnet FC in a predominately Labour ward how on earth will you have time for your constituency duties?

Oh sorry I forgot Local and EU elections next year and General Election in 2015 so that must take precedence. . .
Oh dear Bob the things you do to buy favour with the local voters! What with first being a member of the All-Party Britain-Israel Parliamentary Group and now Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus and your convenient opposition to Barnet FC in a predominately Labour ward how on earth will you have time for your constituency duties? Oh sorry I forgot Local and EU elections next year and General Election in 2015 so that must take precedence. . . Duke of Chandos
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7:37pm Wed 13 Nov 13

British refugee family in Britain says...

We went to see Bob Blackman at a specially arranged (by him) meeting to address why our family (British and Indian) where left on the streets of Harrow after being racially abused for over a year and losing our home and posessions, we left feeling much worse than when we went in, and abandoned our hope that anybody in Harrow will do any thing about a family made homeless by massive racism and xenophobia, in Harrow.
God help anybody seeking help from Harrow Council or Bob Blackman.
We went to see Bob Blackman at a specially arranged (by him) meeting to address why our family (British and Indian) where left on the streets of Harrow after being racially abused for over a year and losing our home and posessions, we left feeling much worse than when we went in, and abandoned our hope that anybody in Harrow will do any thing about a family made homeless by massive racism and xenophobia, in Harrow. God help anybody seeking help from Harrow Council or Bob Blackman. British refugee family in Britain
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8:04am Thu 14 Nov 13

pravinshah1 says...

Putting blinkers on the Hindus' again. Well next year is local election year and then will be General Election. Great publicity for a no good to nothing MP....
Putting blinkers on the Hindus' again. Well next year is local election year and then will be General Election. Great publicity for a no good to nothing MP.... pravinshah1
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10:41am Thu 14 Nov 13

British refugee family in Britain says...

Our serious family problems caused and continued by Harrow Council aside, we cannot understand how Bob Blackman could ever represent the interests of the ethnically diverse majority, local to Harrow.
Our experience with Bob Blackman is not a savoury one to say the least.
Our serious family problems caused and continued by Harrow Council aside, we cannot understand how Bob Blackman could ever represent the interests of the ethnically diverse majority, local to Harrow. Our experience with Bob Blackman is not a savoury one to say the least. British refugee family in Britain
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6:20pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

Congratulations to Bob Blackman on his new appointment.We should be proud that an HARROW MP is heading the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus and that other MPs belonging to different political parties have also become part of this organisation.Some of the remarks made above seem petty and somewhat racist in content.

Why can't someone who is NOT a BME person be assumed to not have the interests of the Hindus or any other BME group at heart?Isn't that a subtle form of discrimination?I find that kind of mind-set abhorrent.

Besides,we have many other MPs from other political groups also serving on this group.The more the merrier!Good luck to all concerned.


Personal experiences,such as ones mentioned above, are impossible to judge impartially,without knowing all the facts.So,it's best we encourage leadership from members of ALL communities and not limit ourselves to a handful simply because they belong to the Hindu community or to a BME group.
Congratulations to Bob Blackman on his new appointment.We should be proud that an HARROW MP is heading the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus and that other MPs belonging to different political parties have also become part of this organisation.Some of the remarks made above seem petty and somewhat racist in content. Why can't someone who is NOT a BME person be assumed to not have the interests of the Hindus or any other BME group at heart?Isn't that a subtle form of discrimination?I find that kind of mind-set abhorrent. Besides,we have many other MPs from other political groups also serving on this group.The more the merrier!Good luck to all concerned. Personal experiences,such as ones mentioned above, are impossible to judge impartially,without knowing all the facts.So,it's best we encourage leadership from members of ALL communities and not limit ourselves to a handful simply because they belong to the Hindu community or to a BME group. Sonoo Malkani
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4:22pm Fri 15 Nov 13

pravinshah1 says...

Sonoo Malkani, who said anything about the MP not being a BME? You must have an inferiority complex to write what you have written. Bob Blackman is only playing a political game.

First he became a member of the All-Party Britain-Israel Parliamentary Group so that he could get the votes in Harrow East. Now Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus, his convenient opposition to Barnet FC in Edgware and his support for free parking against the background of the Tory Party opposition to that shows that It is election year in 2014 and 2015. He and his party needs Hindu votes.
Sonoo Malkani, who said anything about the MP not being a BME? You must have an inferiority complex to write what you have written. Bob Blackman is only playing a political game. First he became a member of the All-Party Britain-Israel Parliamentary Group so that he could get the votes in Harrow East. Now Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus, his convenient opposition to Barnet FC in Edgware and his support for free parking against the background of the Tory Party opposition to that shows that It is election year in 2014 and 2015. He and his party needs Hindu votes. pravinshah1
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5:48pm Fri 15 Nov 13

Duke of Chandos says...

Bob Blackman has only one agenda and that's Bob Blackman and staying on the gravy train called being an MP!

Tony McNulty was a far better constituency MP working for ALL the people of Harrow East regardless of how they voted.
Bob Blackman has only one agenda and that's Bob Blackman and staying on the gravy train called being an MP! Tony McNulty was a far better constituency MP working for ALL the people of Harrow East regardless of how they voted. Duke of Chandos
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12:24am Sat 16 Nov 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

So sorry you look down on others and feel I have an inferiority complex Pravin.Very disappointed with your attitude.Guess it's a free world and you are entitled to think what you want but please try not to sound as if you know it all!None of us are the Oracle.
So sorry you look down on others and feel I have an inferiority complex Pravin.Very disappointed with your attitude.Guess it's a free world and you are entitled to think what you want but please try not to sound as if you know it all!None of us are the Oracle. Sonoo Malkani
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7:39am Sat 16 Nov 13

pravinshah1 says...

Sonorous Malkani, you done it again. Did I say I know it all? You brought in BME and not me.
Sonorous Malkani, you done it again. Did I say I know it all? You brought in BME and not me. pravinshah1
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1:35pm Sat 16 Nov 13

Cllr Husain Akhtar says...

Well, let us hope that Bob does not suffer like the recent Harrow-on-the-Hill candidate did for not towing the Conservative group leadership line on local matters such as the Whitchurch Pavilion!

Considering the level of public interest in free parking and how badly the Conservative group has been defeated on this issue at the meetings, Bob is wise to support free parking!
Well, let us hope that Bob does not suffer like the recent Harrow-on-the-Hill candidate did for not towing the Conservative group leadership line on local matters such as the Whitchurch Pavilion! Considering the level of public interest in free parking and how badly the Conservative group has been defeated on this issue at the meetings, Bob is wise to support free parking! Cllr Husain Akhtar
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10:47pm Sat 16 Nov 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

Free Parking is definitely helping in Rayners Lane and needs reviewing.All these things have cost implications which the Council must consider and balance against what the public so obviously support.

During the Festive Season,particularly, this would undoubtedly be a huge help for local traders and citizens alike.It would help revive business,rather like when North Harrow had been singled out for growth some time back.

We will have to wait and see what is affordable in the final analysis!
Free Parking is definitely helping in Rayners Lane and needs reviewing.All these things have cost implications which the Council must consider and balance against what the public so obviously support. During the Festive Season,particularly, this would undoubtedly be a huge help for local traders and citizens alike.It would help revive business,rather like when North Harrow had been singled out for growth some time back. We will have to wait and see what is affordable in the final analysis! Sonoo Malkani
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7:56am Sun 17 Nov 13

DimSum says...

Sonoo Malkani wrote:
Congratulations to Bob Blackman on his new appointment.We should be proud that an HARROW MP is heading the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus and that other MPs belonging to different political parties have also become part of this organisation.Some of the remarks made above seem petty and somewhat racist in content.

Why can't someone who is NOT a BME person be assumed to not have the interests of the Hindus or any other BME group at heart?Isn't that a subtle form of discrimination?I find that kind of mind-set abhorrent.

Besides,we have many other MPs from other political groups also serving on this group.The more the merrier!Good luck to all concerned.


Personal experiences,such as ones mentioned above, are impossible to judge impartially,without knowing all the facts.So,it's best we encourage leadership from members of ALL communities and not limit ourselves to a handful simply because they belong to the Hindu community or to a BME group.
Wake up Sonoo.
[quote][p][bold]Sonoo Malkani[/bold] wrote: Congratulations to Bob Blackman on his new appointment.We should be proud that an HARROW MP is heading the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus and that other MPs belonging to different political parties have also become part of this organisation.Some of the remarks made above seem petty and somewhat racist in content. Why can't someone who is NOT a BME person be assumed to not have the interests of the Hindus or any other BME group at heart?Isn't that a subtle form of discrimination?I find that kind of mind-set abhorrent. Besides,we have many other MPs from other political groups also serving on this group.The more the merrier!Good luck to all concerned. Personal experiences,such as ones mentioned above, are impossible to judge impartially,without knowing all the facts.So,it's best we encourage leadership from members of ALL communities and not limit ourselves to a handful simply because they belong to the Hindu community or to a BME group.[/p][/quote]Wake up Sonoo. DimSum
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