Born and educated in Harrow, Gareth Thomas is the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Harrow West and was first elected at the 1997 General Election.
Gareth served as a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee from November 1997 to October 1999 prior to his appointment as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Education, Charles Clarke MP.
In 2003 he was promoted to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development. There he stayed under Gordon Brown as junior minister for trade policy, dividing his time between DfID and the new Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. He was promoted to Minister of State with the same dual brief in October 2008, then re-appointed Minister of State in the Department for International Development on 8th June 2009.
In May 2010 he was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Harrow West with an increased majority. In October 2010 he appointed the Shadow Minister for Higher Education and Science, and served as the Shadow Minister for Civil Society from October 2011 - October 2013. Between October 2013 and October 2014 served as the Shadow Minister for Europe. In October 2014 Gareth was appointed the Shadow Minister for the Middle East and Africa. He also serves as the Shadow Deputy Minister for London.
He has been chairman of the Co-operative Party since 2000, and you can find out more here http://www.party.coop/
Gareth is also a member of the Fabian Society, and has written on social responsibility and a low-carbon economy.
His hobbies include running, rugby union and supporting Harrow Borough Football Club, Wealdstone Football Club and Arsenal Football Club.