Lewisham Hospital

 The photograph above shows Bob speaking in the Second Reading of the Care Bill.  He has always questioned why Lewisham Hospital had to be infected by failures in the South London Healthcare Trust to which it did not belong.  In the House of Commons Chamber he said, "I have never understood why Lewisham hospital had to be involved in this exercise, and I still fail to see why it has to suffer as a consequence of the failure of other hospitals that, although they are outside my constituency, affect my constituents deeply."  Later he went on to talk about the arrival of a Trust Special Administrator who seemed to have the power, without Parliamentary approval, to involve the excellent Lewisham Hospital in a reorganisation of the South London Healthcare Trust: "What level of debt would have to be achieved in order for one of these extraordinary witchfinders-generals suddenly to appear in our area to sort out our hospitals?"   In the voting lobbies on the Second Reading of the Care Bill Bob had to vote against the Government because of what had happened at Lewisham Hospital.

Campaign to stop Female Genital Mutilation

On Monday10th March, as a result of an e-petition a debate on stopping Female Genital Mutilation was held in Westminster Hall to which Bob contributed.  He was genuinely shocked that such barbarous practices continue in the UK and greatly concerned that nobody in the country had been brought to court for arranging such a crime.  This is in direct contrast to France where several hundred cases have been heard in court. 

The Special Care Baby Reception

Bob Stewart MP attended Bliss’ parliamentary event on Thursday 27 February. The campaign and reception were organised by Bliss, the special care baby charity, which provides support to families of babies born premature and sick across the UK.

Flooding Situation Report

  The flooding situation remains very serious.  On Saturday 15 March Bob returned to Courtfield Rise and remained alarmed at what he saw. He is concerned about the long-term implications of flooding along the valley of the River Bourne.  The lake which occupies the Beccehamians First Fifteen Rugby Pitch is hardly subsiding and many gardens in Courtfield Rise still have substantial water in them.  A number of houses have also had their cellars flooded which is really bad news too..  Clearly the water table has reached ground level in the area and urgent consultations are now taking place between the Environment Agency and Bromley Council to see what can be done to fix the problem both now and into the future.  The three photographs above show Bob, in the garden of 11 Courtfield Rise, then with Councillors Colin Smith and Nicholas Bennett looking at fire engine hoses emptying water into the Rover Bourne culvert and finally a view of the First Eleven pitch at the Beccehamians Rugby Club which is now a lake.

Bob opens RBL Hayes' Bar

On the evening of Tuesday 18th February Bob visited the Royal British Legion Club in Hayes.  He was welcomed by David Jukes, Vice Chairman of the Club and John Rayment, the Club's Chairman.  After some time talking to the many members present Bob formally opened the new £40,000 facilities - including a fabulous bar.  Bob has been a member of the Royal British Legion for over 40 years but he was was especially thrilled to be made a Lifetime Member of the Hayes Branch.  Immediately he put on the Club Tie which he is wearing in the attached photograph. Club Chairman, John Rayment, is also standing behind Bob in the photograph. 

Keston Village Shops

On 2nd February Bob spent the morning in Keston Village.  In particular he visited the excellent parade of shops which were built 106 years ago.  He spent some time talking to Mr Don Ward of Keston Village Stores.  Mrs Helen Ward purchased the shop in 1981 and together Don and her have run it ever since.  It is a magnificent example of the very best of village shops.  Bob took a photograph of Don Ward at the entrance to the shop and it is attached.  Afterwards Bob spent a while talking with the staff of Fiona's Pantry which is next door.

Visit to Bromley College

On Friday 31 January Bob visited Bromley College.  There are now 10,000 people of all ages studying at Bromley College; 3,000 young people, 5,000 adults, 1,000 apprentices, 750 people in higher education and 100 students aged 14-15 from local schools.  There are also 650 staff running its two major campuses.  Bob met with the Principal, Sam Parrett, to discuss some rather exciting future plans for the College,  He also spent 45 minutes talking to and taking questions from young people on the Public Service Course with whom he was photographed.

Hayes Parks

On Saturday 1st February Bob Stewart joined Doug Veal representing the Friends of Hayes Parks for a walk round the village's parks. Starting in the Library Car Park, Doug, together with a Council officer, showed Bob how the Friends were trying to maintain the three small central parks in Hayes. He is pictured standing in The Knoll.  Afterwards Bob visited and shared a coffee with the Reverend Napo John, Vicar of St Mary's who is celebrating his first year in Hayes. 

Terrorist Prevention and Investigation Measures

Bob raised his concerns about six terrorist suspects being released from so-called Terrorist Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) during a debate in the Chamber of the House of Commons on 21 January.  He warned of what he thought to be the dangers of releasing suspected terrorists from close supervision.  “I have seen people locked up for a long time and when they come out their resentment and aggression can grow,” he told the House of Commons.  He went on to say, “What worries me is our assumption that the aggression and resentment of these six people, after two years on TPIMs, will have lessened. I am worried about them just being released.”  However the Home Office Minister assured him that effective measures were being put in place to ensure that the six people being released from TPIMs in the next few weeks would be monitored closely by the Security Services.

Holocaust Memorial Day

On Thursday 23 January Bob took part in the annual debate to remember the horror of the Holocaust.  He reminded the House of Commons that one purpose of remembering is to try and ensure that such events as the Holocaust don't happen again.  Sadly he recalled his own experiences in Bosnia during 1992 - 93 and in particular the Massacre of Ahmici in April 1993.  The attached photograph shows him at Ahmici condemning the murderers at a news conference.  He reminded everyone present that genocide and crimes against humanity continue to this day although everyone has to do all they can to stop them.