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Letter from Gareth Thomas MP, Member of Parliament for Harrow West to Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health on the risks faced by community pharmacies

Dear Jeremy,

I am writing regarding the recent announcement that community pharmacies will face a 12% cut on current funding levels for the rest of this financial year, and a 7.4% cut on current levels the year after.

As you know, considerable concern has been raised by pharmacists and many of their customers and service users, about the likely impact of these cuts.

The Government’s own estimate suggests that as many as 1 in 4 pharmacies are at risk of closure as a result of these cuts. In Harrow, 15 community pharmacies will be significantly hit by this cut, based on an analysis of their dispensing rates carried out by the House of Commons Library. The Middlesex Group of LPCs have advised me that they believe a further 8 pharmacies will also be severely impacted and may be at risk of closure.

Letter to Jeremy Hunt on Community Pharmacies

Letter from Gareth Thomas MP, Member of Parliament for Harrow West to Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health on the risks faced by community pharmacies Dear Jeremy, I... Read more

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Gareth Thomas MP has joined with the members of the retail union Usdaw to call for an end to abuse in the workplace. As part of the ‘Freedom From Fear Campaign’, which seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse directed at retail staff, Usdaw members are highlighting the problems faced by staff during Respect for Shopworkers Week, which runs from 14 to 20 November.

Gareth Thomas, Labour MP for Harrow West says: "Too often retail employees are confronted with violence, threats and abuse whilst serving the public. It is really important we stand together and ask people to keep their cool and respect shopworkers, especially as we approach the busy Christmas shopping period.

Gareth supports campaign to protect shopworkers from violence, threats and abuse

Gareth Thomas MP has joined with the members of the retail union Usdaw to call for an end to abuse in the workplace. As part of the ‘Freedom From Fear... Read more

I am pleased to join Teresa Pearce, Kate Hollern and Jim McMahon in the Shadow DCLG team with responsibility for local government.

I’m keen to play my part in supporting Labour Councillors defending vital local public services from yet more funding cuts. I’m also keen to begin to explore what a new Labour vision for local government might look like; one that recognises the move, in a very British way, towards a more federal United Kingdom, which champions England’s talents in our cities, boroughs and counties, but which also gives local people more power to shape their communities in the way they think best.

New role in the Shadow DCLG Team

I am pleased to join Teresa Pearce, Kate Hollern and Jim McMahon in the Shadow DCLG team with responsibility for local government. I’m keen to play my part in supporting...

Published on behalf of Rose Worley, a constituent from the 70/30 campaign.

At a recent local surgery, I met with an ambassador for 70/30, a local grassroots campaign that’s building support for a primary prevention approach to tackle child maltreatment in Harrow.

As suggested by the name, the 70/30 campaign wants to show how we could reduce child abuse by at least 70% by 2030 in the United Kingdom. This can be achieved through a proper strategy which puts primary prevention as the leading ideology.

Can we cut child maltreatment by 70% by the year 2030?

Published on behalf of Rose Worley, a constituent from the 70/30 campaign. At a recent local surgery, I met with an ambassador for 70/30, a local grassroots campaign that’s building support for... Read more

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Letter to the TfL Commissioner regarding Harrow on the Hill Station on the 8th July 2016:

 

Re: Harrow-on-the-Hill station

I am concerned by the reports I have had of Transport for London’s current plans for six 20-storey tower blocks of flats at Harrow-on-the-Hill station.

As yet, there has been no public consultation or indeed any confirmation as to when such consultation might begin. Such a massive development will obviously be of considerable interest to my constituents who have seen up to a 60% increase in the cost of their commute into central London over the last eight years.

Letter regarding developments at Harrow on the Hill Station

Letter to the TfL Commissioner regarding Harrow on the Hill Station on the 8th July 2016:   Re: Harrow-on-the-Hill station I am concerned by the reports I have had of Transport... Read more

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Our campaign to save Gujarati qualifications has been successful. Thanks to the support across the community the OCR exam board has agreed to offer GCSE and A Level Gujarati qualifications for one more year, and the Pearson exam board will then offer them from 2020 onwards.

This is a crucial step, but is not sufficient to save Gujarati teaching, and it is vital now that the Government look at how they can further support the dedicated community organisations that have been running the weekend schools where the majority of students learning Gujarati are taught.

Success on #SaveGujarati Campaign!

Our campaign to save Gujarati qualifications has been successful. Thanks to the support across the community the OCR exam board has agreed to offer GCSE and A Level Gujarati qualifications... Read more

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Hansard record from Gareth’s contribution to a Westminster Hall debate on HIV, 15th April 2016

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship for the first time, Ms Buck, and to follow the hon. Member for Finchley and Golders Green (Mike Freer), who gave a measured and constructive speech. I will try to continue that tone.

This debate is a timely opportunity to ask whether the Secretary of State and her ministerial colleagues have, perhaps inadvertently, downgraded the Department’s work on HIV and AIDS. Ministers rarely mention HIV and AIDS unless pushed. There is—granted, my exploration of DFID’s website was only cursory—no record of a serious ministerial speech on this issue unprompted by Parliament for a very long time. There is no sign of a push to signal Britain’s continued interest in the major international efforts to tackle the factors that still drive the spread of HIV and AIDS. Given the urgency of the investment that is needed if we are to achieve the 90-90-90 targets, which the hon. Gentleman spoke about, it is disappointing that the Secretary of State does not appear—unless the Minister has news for us—to have a major plan to do the advocacy work that is needed at an international level.

Westminster Hall Debate on HIV

Hansard record from Gareth’s contribution to a Westminster Hall debate on HIV, 15th April 2016 It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship for the first time, Ms Buck,... Read more

Speech in response to the 2016 Budget on the 21st March 2016

"This Budget does not tackle the still evident fundamental weaknesses in our economy. Despite the lofty rhetoric of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions today, the Budget still says that Whitehall knows best. It takes from the poorest to boost the incomes of the richest, and it will make the challenges facing our public services even more difficult.

In recent years, the weaknesses in our economy have become ever more marked. We remain hugely dependent on financial services and London. The jobs being created are predominantly short term, low paid and with little employment protection. Critically, too many small and medium-sized businesses still cannot get the capital and the lending they need to create jobs and wealth. Unsurprisingly, therefore, our productivity is lower than that of all our biggest competitors.

Budget Response 2016

Speech in response to the 2016 Budget on the 21st March 2016 "This Budget does not tackle the still evident fundamental weaknesses in our economy. Despite the lofty rhetoric of... Read more

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Speech to the Harrow Churches Housing Association's AGM on the 14th March 2016.

The house I grew up in

I have lived in Harrow all my life.

I grew up in North Harrow – have lived in Pinner, South Harrow, Rayners Lane and now central Harrow.

The house in North Harrow where my parents moved to when they got married in 1966 cost £5,300.

Many years - and owners – later, the value of the home I grew up in has increased in value almost 100 times. When they moved in my Dad was a teacher and my Mum was a housewife. They were an average family; income wise. Nowadays, a family with children on an average salary cannot afford to buy in North Harrow. Indeed, they can no longer afford to buy anywhere in Harrow at the moment.

Prices in Harrow went up by 11% last year. An average Harrow property now costs £409,000 and house prices are expected to double over the next 10 years.

Speech to the Harrow Churches Housing Association

  Speech to the Harrow Churches Housing Association's AGM on the 14th March 2016. The house I grew up in I have lived in Harrow all my life. I grew... Read more

Below is a letter I sent to the Chief Executive Officer of the London North West Healthcare NHS Trust regarding safe staffing levels and trust finances:

I am writing regarding recent media reports that hospital Trusts have been advised to cut staffing levels in order to address financial deficits.

I understand that Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority recently wrote to acute NHS Trusts to outline the measures that Trusts were expected to take, with Trusts facing financial deficits advised to make ‘headcount reductions’ and extend the life of machinery and equipment.

I am sure you will understand that such measures will be of great concern to my constituents, who will want to be assured that there are safe staffing levels in place at all times, and that all key machinery and equipment is safe.

Letter to LNWH NHS Trust

Below is a letter I sent to the Chief Executive Officer of the London North West Healthcare NHS Trust regarding safe staffing levels and trust finances: I am writing regarding... Read more

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