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August 2014


Following concerns about pay day loan companies exploiting the financial difficulties of serving personnel and veterans, raised by a number of military charities including the Royal British Legion, Gareth Thomas MP renewed his call for a Military Credit Union similar to the US's Navy Federal to be created in the UK.

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April 2014

Gareth Thomas MP, Shadow Europe Minister, led a debate on 8 April 2014 calling for an armed forces credit union to help military families who may be facing financial difficulty.

“An armed forces credit union could provide specialist financial products tailored to meet the needs of service families and importantly help them plan for a future civilian life.”

To read the full debate transcript, click here. 

Gareth Thomas MP launches armed forces credit union campaign

August 2014 Following concerns about pay day loan companies exploiting the financial difficulties of serving personnel and veterans, raised by a number of military charities including the Royal British Legion,...

Harrow NHS Campaign

Gareth Thomas MP is campaigning for a fair allocation of NHS funding for Harrow.

Gareth recently spoke in the House of Commons to raise concerns about the amount of NHS funding Harrow receives. The total funding shortfall for Harrow has been estimated at £23.4 million in each of the next two financial years - almost £50 million.

£25 million a year could pay for around 500 nurses or 200 A&E consultants or could help to extend the opening hours of walk-in centres in the borough such as the one on Alexander Avenue.

This forecast "funding gap" over two years just increases the financial pressure on the Borough and means Harrow may have fewer doctors and nurses to serve its patients, in a system that is already under stress.

For example North West London Hospital NHS Trust, which runs Northwick Park Hospital is one of the five worst Trusts for A&E waiting times in the country. All hospital trusts in England have been set the target of seeing 95% of A&E patients within four hours but in 2013/14 in North West London just 87% of patients were seen within four hours. With the downgrading of the A&E department at Ealing and Central Middlesex, pressures on Northwick Park Hospital will be even greater.

The trust has also been urgently looking at ways to tackle ‘unacceptable high levels of occupancy’ at the Hospital. Recently published board minutes by the Trust indicate that 123 beds are urgently required to address ‘the underlying capacity gap’ at the main hospital serving Harrow residents.

There is also a London wide NHS campaign. The London Labour NHS Campaign is working to uphold the values and principles that the British public expect, high quality healthcare that is available to all, free at the point of use, based on need and not the ability to pay.

Labour will campaign for a London-wide NHS with high quality local services and easy-to-reach specialist services, which are based on collaboration, not competition, co-ordination not fragmentation - with the NHS as the provider of choice, and decision-making led by the needs of patients not the market.

Keep up to date with the latest news relating to Labour's national campaign here.

All Londoners will benefit from Labour’s policy of integration of the NHS, social care and public health into one service, with patients getting the needed care, with artificial barriers moved out of the way.

Visit the Labour NHS Campaign site which will help to co-ordinate our city-wide campaigning and provide materials and resources that support our work to defend the NHS.

Harrow NHS Campaign

Harrow NHS Campaign Gareth Thomas MP is campaigning for a fair allocation of NHS funding for Harrow. Gareth recently spoke in the House of Commons to raise concerns about the...

Thousands of Police Officers could lose their jobs in the next decade

Analysis carried out by Gareth Thomas MP, based on figures compiled by the House of Commons Library, shows that thousands of UK Police Officers face losing their job over the next decade.

In London, the Metropolitan Police may have to cut between 1,300 and 5,200 Police Officers- out of a total 31,000- if the full cuts are introduced. 

Gareth Thomas MP commissioned the study following the announcement that the Metropolitan Police must save £1.4billion over the next decade. A more detailed analysis can be read, here.

Back our Police

For some time now Gareth Thomas MP has been campaigning against falling police numbers in Harrow.

Harrow now has 358 police officers and 32 community police officers – a total of just 390, but in March 2010 Harrow had 403 police officers and 116 PCSOs - a total of 519. We have therefore seen a 25% cut in our local police force.

New figures also reveal that the Metropolitan Police has lost thousands of officers across London since May 2010. There are now 30,712 Police Officers in London despite the Mayor promising that he would maintain police numbers ‘at or around 32,000’. Indeed Deputy Mayor for Policing Stephen Greenhalgh said last year that it would be a “doomsday scenario” for policing if the figure dipped below 31,000.

Over the same period the Met has also lost 2,559 Police Community Support Officers – over 55% of the total.

According to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) the Met Police is now the third least visible on the streets compared to other areas of the country.Gareth has been pressing the Home Office and the Mayor of London to produce a timeline for when Harrow will again have the same  complement of police officers, including PCSOs, as we had back in March 2010.

You can read Gareth Thomas MP’s recent speech in Parliament on Harrow police numbers here.

Back Our Police

Thousands of Police Officers could lose their jobs in the next decade Analysis carried out by Gareth Thomas MP, based on figures compiled by the House of Commons Library, shows that thousands...


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