Blackman tries to defend indefensible!

bb4In his glossy autumn leaflet, Bob Blackman, Tory MP for Harrow East, has tried to portray his as well as his party’s inclusive image, most probably to counter his apparent divisiveness label.
But readers are not impressed!
The leaflet highlights the selected PM Boris Johnson’s cabinet which Johnson claims reflects “modern Britain”, including diversity (Black, Hindus, Jews and a Muslim) – though many of his cabinet members have unsavoury views , particularly about LGBT.
On the same page Shaun Bailey, Tory candidate for London mayor, has been singled out to fight knife crime in London if elected without contextualising why this crime, for example Tory government cuts and socio-economic deprivation.
The left hand column of the page lists Mind in Harrow forthcoming fundraising events while ignoring  what Mind,  the mental health charity, is complaining about, like: “Pressing risks caused by sub-standard mental health facilities have been completely ignored in today’s funding announcement for NHS hospitals”, said Vicki Nash, head of policy and campaigns Mind, who was responding to the health secretary’s speech at the Tory conference.
In the inside pages Mr Blackman prides himself with speaking at the MEK (Mojahedin-e Khalq) conference in Albania –  the National Council for Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is widely considered to be an alias for the MEK, an outside-Iran ‘political cult’ whose leader is still banned by London.
In outlining the performance of the Tory held wards in Harrow East, Mr Blackman mentions the councillors’ hard work to drive out travellers from the parks while in fact these were the police and the council who helped to resolve the situation amicably.
Regarding his ‘inclusive’ socio-political approach, Mr Blackman’s record of voting at the Commons speaks loudly:

  • Almost always voted against laws to promote equality and human rights
  • Almost always voted against equal gay rights
  • Almost always voted against allowing marriage between two people of same sex
  • Consistently voted against UK membership of the EU
  • Generally voted against a right to remain for EU nationals already in living in the UK
  • Generally voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the “bedroom tax”)
  • Almost always voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
  • Consistently voted for mass surveillance of people’s communications and activities
  • Generally voted against measures to prevent climate change