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Tuesday 17th of October marks 100 years since the Co-operative Party was founded. This weekend the Coop party held its annual party conference. 

Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West, and chair of the Co-operative party made some radical proposals in his speech. Mr Thomas called for a Break up of the Big 6 Energy firms, than enjoy £1 Billion worth of profits while prices soar for people. He also called for RBS to be turned into a Building society, to challenge the big stakeholder owned bank and inject a dose of of competition to the financial sector. 

The full transcript of Gareth's speech can be found here: 

Gareths Co-operative Party conference speech

Tuesday 17th of October marks 100 years since the Co-operative Party was founded. This weekend the Coop party held its annual party conference.  Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West, and... Read more

The full roll-out of Universal Credit is set to reach Harrow next April, but we have seen too much evidence already from other parts of the country of the disastrous impact this is having on many people. That's why Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West has written to Work and Pensions Secretary, David Gauke, and the  the DWP to delay the full roll-out of Universal Credit. It is clear that the system has been strained to the limit at a time when Universal Credit is being rolled out to just 5 new areas per month. Yet Gauke recently insisted that “Universal Credit is working” and will continue to roll out to 55 Job centres a month from now on.


Government figures currently show 23% of claimants are not receiving full payments in 6 weeks, leaving many in rent arrears and causing people on low incomes to fall into further debts.


In just three London boroughs where Universal Credit has already been fully introduced, more people are at risk of homelessness, with £8 million in rent arrears accrued, and 2500 claimants at risk of eviction.


Mr Thomas said: "It’s important the Minister takes the opportunity to pause the roll out, before we see additional problems and greater economic hardship for claimants across the country, and that is why I am writing to the Minister to make this case."

Put Universal credit on hold

The full roll-out of Universal Credit is set to reach Harrow next April, but we have seen too much evidence already from other parts of the country of the disastrous impact...

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Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West, wants to tackle the proposed growth of RAF Northolt as he believes it will have a serious effect on those living close to it.

Through this petition, which calls for a public consultation on the expansion of the military base, he hopes to ensure that residents have a say.

He also wants the Government to explain why such changes are being made when there are, in his eyes, more pressing matters at hand.

“At a time when NHS services, the police force and schools across Harrow are facing damaging cuts, it is wrong that the Government is spending such a significant amount on RAF Northolt with no justification or transparency,” he 

said.

“It’s not right for the Government to hide behind RAF Northolt’s military designation to increase airport capacity in London by stealth.

“That’s why I’ve tabled a series of questions in Parliament to try to find out more and am determined to make sure that residents’ views are heard.”

Last year, there were 10,000 commercial flights out of RAF Northolt, compared to 3,800 military flights.

As the Ministry of Defence explores “a range of options for the future development” of the airport, the number of commercial flights could ultimately grow to 50,000 a year.

Mr Thomas argues that the Government, in its plan to re-surface the base’s runway at a cost of £45 million, is taking advantage of the fact that it is not a commercial airport.

He explained that, if it were, it would be required to apply for planning permission to carry out such a procedure.

He added that a public consultation would have been carried out due to the expansion of the number of flights.

Words from Harrow Times.

To sign the petition, follow this link

http://www.gareththomas.org/northolt

 

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