Gareth Thomas MP

From Harrow, For Harrow.

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I am incredibly humbled to have been re-elected to repesent the area I grew up in, and have always lived. Whether you voted for me or not, I am always happy to speak to you about any issue in Harrow, or to try and help with anything, however big or small.

Below, are the three campaigns I am working on at the moment:

Health

As your representative, I brought Alexandra Avenue Walk-in Centre to Harrow and have championed key services like Northwick Park Hospital. Yet under the Conservatives, Harrow has received the lowest level of funding for the NHS of all London boroughs. I will always fight Harrow’s corner to protect and invest in our NHS.

Police

Keeping our streets safe should be a huge priority for Harrow’s voice in Parliament. The Conservative’s want to cut London’s police funding by £400m, which could see Harrow Police Station closed and less police on our streets. The Conservative’s want a blank cheque in government, when they should be writing a cheque for our police force.

Schools

As a former teacher and now with my two children, I know one of the greatest things about Harrow is our excellent schools. This is being put at risk by the Conservative’s £15m cut to Harrow schools. Our children are the future of our borough and we should be investing in them rather than school funding.


Latest News

Gareth Thomas responds to the growing issue of Rats in Harrow. 

Gareth Thomas, MP for West Harrow, has responded to the growing issue of Rats within Harrow, calling for urgent measure to combat the spread of Rats. 

Writing to Michael Lockwood, Chief Executive of Harrow Council, and Sajid Javid, Communities Secretary, Mr Thomas wrote: 

"It is inevitable that such severe budget cuts would have an impact on services, but I'm sure you will agree that urgent measures are required to combat the spread of rats in our public spaces."

"I would be grateful if you could set out what steps the council is taking to tackle rats, particularly in the sites identified in video footage in Greenhill Way and in the area in front of Morrisons"

"Please can you also set out what the council is doing to tackle fly tipping and to encourage residents and businesses to help keep our streets clean?"

Gareth will continue to monitor the situation, working closely with Harrow council to ensure the problem is tackled as soon as possible. 

Harrow Rat problem

Gareth Thomas responds to the growing issue of Rats in Harrow. 

HarrowHalf_Map-800x568.jpg Harrow Half Marathon returns after over a decade. 

After more than a decade away the Harrow Half Marathon is making its return on the 17th of September. 

Gareth, will be taking part in the Roger Bannister Family Mile Race, which is taking place at the same time, raising money for Harrow Food Bank and Spirewatch. Adding:

"It’s great news that the Harrow Half-Marathon is back after a long absence, and I’m delighted to have worked with Harrow Athletics Club, Harrow Council and a number of businesses and community groups to help make this happen.

"Unfortunately the surprise election put paid to my training schedule, and I’m not sure I’d be able to make it round!

"However, I’ve signed up to take part in the Roger Bannister Family Mile Race.

"Even if, like me, the prospect of a full 13 mile race seems a bit too much at this stage, I hope readers might consider joining up for the one mile race, or coming out to support the runners in what promises to be a great community event."

To donate to Harrow Food bank and Spirewatch follow this link. 

Harrow Half Marathon returns

 Harrow Half Marathon returns after over a decade. 

New development in town centre sees the majority of homes sold to foreign investors. 

An analysis carried out by Gareth Thomas MP, has found that 90% of homes from the Harrow Square development have been sold to foreign investors, with prices ranging from £304.500 for a studio apartment to £644,000. 

Harrow West MP Gareth Thomas said: 

"We don't need expensive flats that will be left empty by foreign investors, we need properly affordable homes for Harrow residents.

"I've already pushed in Parliament for local residents to get first priority for new homes, and will continue to fight for the homes we need."

"Over the last few years, many more Harrow residents have been to my advice surgery to talk about the difficulties they've experienced in finding an affordable home in the area they've always lived in.

"So it really sticks in the craw to find that new properties being built in central Harrow are being marketed in Hong Kong before local residents get a chance."

Mr Thomas further adds that Councils powers to deliver affordable homes has been weakened in recent years, along with the scrapping of the target that 50% of homes in any new development had to be 'affordable'.

 

Harrow Town Centre Development

New development in town centre sees the majority of homes sold to foreign investors. 


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