Gareth Thomas

MP, Harrow West

Harrow West Labour/Co-operative

Gareth Thomas campaigned to remain in the European Union

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Gareth Thomas’s voting in Parliament

Gareth Thomas is a Labour/Co-operative MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour/Co-operative MPs.

This is a selection of Gareth Thomas’s votes.

  • Almost always voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
  • Almost always voted against reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
  • Generally voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
  • Generally voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
  • Consistently voted against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
  • Consistently voted against greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections Show votes

We have lots more plain English analysis of Gareth Thomas’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Gareth Thomas’s full vote analysis page for more.

Gareth Thomas has occasionally rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

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Labour/Co-operative MP for Harrow West

Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election

Party was Labour until 30 Mar 2015


Topics of interest

  • Business
  • Innovation and Skills
  • Health
  • Cabinet Office
  • Home Department
  • Treasury
  • Third Sector
  • Consultants
  • EU Law
  • Procurement
  • Departmental Responsibilities

Currently held offices

  • Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (since 9 Oct 2016)
  • Party Chair, Co-operative Party (since 1 Jul 2000)

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (7 Oct 2013 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) (7 Oct 2011 to 7 Oct 2013)
  • Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) (8 Oct 2010 to 7 Oct 2011)
  • Shadow Minister (International Development) (12 May 2010 to 8 Oct 2010)
  • The Minister of State, Department for International Development (5 Oct 2008 to 6 May 2010)
  • Minister of State (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Trade, Investment and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for International Development) (5 Oct 2008 to 5 Jun 2009)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary(Department for International Development) (Trade Policy) (also Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (2 Jul 2007 to 5 Oct 2008)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Trade and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for International Development) (2 Jul 2007 to 5 Oct 2008)
  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development (13 Jun 2003 to 28 Jun 2007)
  • Member, Environmental Audit Committee (12 Nov 1997 to 25 Nov 1999)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)


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  • Has spoken in 35 debates in the last year — average amongst MPs. See all Gareth Thomas’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 232 written questions in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a low number of messages sent via during 2015, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 57.35% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 6 annotations on this MP’s speeches — above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 19–20 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 129 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Gareth Thomas’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 747 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 17 Oct 2016.

6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
House in Harrow: (i) and (ii). (Registered 27 June 2014)

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