Category Archive: garethsays

Apr 30 2014

Gareth Says: TV Doesn’t Reflect Reality

In Parliament this month (10/04/14) Gareth Thomas MP called for a fairer representation of Tamil, East Asian and other ethnic minorities in the media. He highlighted in what he called “the lack of ethnic minorities in the UK’s top soaps Eastenders and Coronation Street.” Speaking in the House of Commons, Gareth Thomas said: “I rarely see …

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Apr 23 2014

Gareth Says: The Island of Gibraltar…IT’S NOT AN ISLAND!

Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West, writes in his blog this week about Gibraltar, and how the UK Government seems to be ignoring events out there. In it, he says: “Whilst I’ve travelled twice to the island in the last six months, unfortunately no Foreign Office Minister has visited the island since the Chief Minister Fabian …

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Mar 04 2014

Gareth Says: Harrow Residents Need to Earn an Extrat £41k to Keep Pace with House Prices

Gareth Thomas MP has noted, in his February newsletter, that rising house prices in the borough are meaning many people’s dreams of owning their own home are getting further and further out of reach. He writes: New research by housing charity Shelter has revealed that for average wages in Harrow to be keeping pace with …

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Feb 01 2014

Gareth Says: Northwick Park Waiting Times

The National Audit Office (NAO) has found inconsistencies in the records of NHS waiting times. In particular, North West London Hospital NHS Trust (which manages Northwick Park Hospital) has failed to record accurately the waiting times of 2,700 patients receiving planned inpatient treatment. The NAO’s data suggests Northwick Park Hospital is under even greater pressure …

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Dec 20 2013

Gareth Says: Final 2013 Newsletter

Cost of Living: Cost of living has been a popular topic nationally and locally. In Harrow, residents will be faced with further train fare increases on January 2nd, with zones 1 – 5 annual travelcards rising to £2,160 a year. In the last few years, tube fares have consistently increased. This above inflation increase, alongside rising …

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Dec 09 2013

Gareth Says: Be Aware of Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Gareth Thomas MP has urged Harrow residents to protect themselves against the potential threat of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. New research from the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign has found that 35 million households in the UK could be at risk of poisoning if they do not have an audible alarm in their home. Gareth Thomas MP is …

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Dec 01 2013

Gareth Says: Raising Awareness of Carers Rights Day

Local MP Gareth Thomas has used national Carers Rights Day to urge carers in Harrow to find out about the support they are entitled to. There are 6.5 million people in the UK providing unpaid care and support to family, friends and neighbours. In Harrow, it is estimated that there are 1,158 carers who are eligible but not …

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Oct 11 2013

Gareth Thomas MP Presents Cheque to Parkinsons UK

Local MP for Harrow West Gareth Thomas has presented a cheque for £1,600 to Parkinson’s UK’s Harrow branch after completing three triathlons over the summer. Gareth surpassed his original target of £1,000 and was delighted to meet other Parkinson’s UK fundraisers when he recently visited the charity. Gareth met Mary Reid who raised £1600 by doing a …

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Sep 24 2013

Gareth Thomas: Is He FOR or AGAINST Post Office Closures

Barely had we finished the article on Gareth Thomas MP “…opposing any plans that would lead to fewer local Post Office branches in Harrow….” than one of the researchers dug up a press articles from the Harrow Times which showed Mr Thomas had, in fact, previously voted to CLOSE Post Offices. The story, from …

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Sep 24 2013

Gareth Says: I Oppose Plans to Shut North Harrow Post Office

I have been informed that the Post Office on Pinner Road is potentially facing closure as the Post Office go ahead with their modernisation plans for local branches. I have written to the Post Office opposing any plans that would lead to fewer local Post Office branches in Harrow. From my understanding, the Post Office …

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