Gareth Thomas

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)

Labour/Co-operative MP for Harrow West


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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

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Topics of interest

Gareth Thomas campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Business
  • Innovation and Skills
  • Treasury
  • Department for International Trade
  • Cabinet Office
  • Health
  • Third Sector
  • Consultants
  • EU Law
  • Department for International Trade: Expenditure
  • Procurement

Currently held offices

  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (since 9 Jul 2024)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) Bill [HL] Committee ( 7 Feb 2024 to 20 Feb 2024)
  • Member, Co-operatives, Mutuals and Friendly Societies Bill Committee (23 Nov 2022 to 30 Nov 2022)
  • Member, Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill Committee ( 7 Sep 2022 to 18 Oct 2022)
  • Member, Compensation (London Capital & Finance plc and Fraud Compensation Fund) Bill Committee ( 8 Jun 2021 to 15 Jun 2021)
  • Shadow Minister (International Trade) (10 Apr 2020 to 30 May 2024)
  • Member, International Trade Committee ( 2 Mar 2020 to 8 Jun 2020)
  • Member, International Trade Committee ( 8 May 2019 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) ( 9 Oct 2016 to 15 Jun 2017)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • The Minister of State, Department for International Development ( 5 Oct 2008 to 6 May 2010)
  • 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)
  • Party Chair, Co-operative Party ( 1 Jul 2000 to 8 Jun 2019)
  • Member, Environmental Audit Committee (12 Nov 1997 to 25 Nov 1999)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Small Businesses: Finance 24 Jul 2024

    Small businesses are the beating heart of our high streets, our communities, and essential to our economic success. This Government will hardwire the voice of small business into everything we do. The Government is committed to improving access to finance for small businesses by reforming the British Business Bank and freeing up capital for small and medium-sized firms so they can expand. We...
  • Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Post Offices 23 Jul 2024

    The Post Office is an essential service in communities across the country. The Government is committed to finding ways to strengthen the Post Office, through consulting with sub-postmasters, trade unions and customers. This will include supporting the development of new products, services and business models that will help reinvigorate the high street.
  • Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Public Houses: Newcastle-under-Lyme 23 Jul 2024

    Eligible retail, hospitality and leisure properties currently benefit from 75 per cent business rates relief, up to a cash cap of £110,000 per business for 2024-25. The small business multiplier is frozen at 49.9p for 2024/25. The government identified that the current business rates system disincentivises investment, creates uncertainty and places an undue burden on our high streets. In...

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