Securing future of cancer care

12:25pm Tuesday 11th November 2008

MOUNT VERNON’S future is safe. The cancer unit at Mount Vernon Hospital – one of Britain’s world-renowned cancer treatment facilities – will not be closed or moved but will be staying at Mount Vernon Hospital. This ends almost 12 years of uncertainty about the hospital and, in particular, about the cancer unit’s future.

Excuses instead of action

10:11am Thursday 18th September 2008

Six months ago the Audit Commission published its report into how Harrow Council was run, rating the authority as the worst run in London – worse than Hackney, Lambeth and Bexley. Worse than authorities with larger budgets and those who have lower budgets.

Time to avoid hysteria

Harrow Times: Mr McNulty: "I offer the deepest sympathies to his family and colleagues."

3:41pm Friday 18th July 2008

Holiday times are approaching and I know that many people will be looking forward to a rest from the hurly-burly of their normal lives and I certainly wish everyone well in whatever form their holidays take, but we should all be aware of those for whom the summer means business as usual. Out of a sense of duty and public service, many people will simply carry on working to protect us and to carry out their usual duties.

Council must rebuild confidence

Harrow Times: Mr Thomas: "I'm strongly in favour of a brand new purpose built police station."

3:45pm Friday 18th July 2008

Since the Audit Commission published its damning assessment of Harrow Council this year, branding it as the worst-performing borough in London and the third worst in the UK, I have been advocating the need for a clear strategy to be adopted by the council to enable it to provide the high quality of services we Harrow residents deserve.

Campaigning for parents

Harrow Times: Mr Thomas: "I'm strongly in favour of a brand new purpose built police station."

10:51am Thursday 5th June 2008

An extra four-and-a-half million parents in Britain will get the right to request flexible working, including many in Harrow, following the publication of an independent review prepared for the Government.

Congratulations, protection and disappointment

Harrow Times: Mr McNulty: "I offer the deepest sympathies to his family and colleagues."

10:45am Thursday 5th June 2008

I want to discuss three very important areas in brief in this month's column - each of them strangely interlinked.

Departments must communicate

Harrow Times: Mr Thomas: "I'm strongly in favour of a brand new purpose built police station."

10:06am Friday 9th May 2008

Last week I met with Mr and Mr Aveyard, an elderly couple who live in Pinner, who were recently threatened with legal action by Harrow Council if they didn't remove a fence which Harrow Council itself put up.

A monument to Thatcherite excess

Harrow Times: Mr Thomas: "I'm strongly in favour of a brand new purpose built police station."

10:05am Thursday 10th April 2008

The Civic Centre should be sold and the site redeveloped. It is far too big, encourages inefficiency and bureaucracy and is symbolic of the problems at Harrow Council which the Audit Commission so graphically highlighted last month.

Juggling local and Government duties

Harrow Times: Mr McNulty: "I offer the deepest sympathies to his family and colleagues."

9:56am Thursday 10th April 2008

One of the most intriguing poltical questions, amongst many at the moment, is when a Government minister is allowed to also be a local MP? I have had the great pleasure and privilege of being the MP for Harrow East for nearly 11 years and have been a Government whip for almost eight of those 11 years.

Willing to assist the council

Harrow Times: Mr Thomas: "I'm strongly in favour of a brand new purpose built police station."

10:01am Thursday 6th March 2008

THE recent Audit Commission report rated Harrow as the worst performing local authority in London and the third worst in the UK as a whole. I am sure Harrow Times readers will agree that this is an unacceptable situation.

A pleasure to get involved

Harrow Times: Mr McNulty: "I offer the deepest sympathies to his family and colleagues."

9:58am Thursday 6th March 2008

I THOUGHT that it would be useful if I gave everyone a flavour of a not untypical day in the constituency.

Investment for future learning

Harrow Times: Mr Thomas: "I'm strongly in favour of a brand new purpose built police station."

10:57am Friday 8th February 2008

HARROW'S schools rightly have an excellent reputation. The hard work of pupils, teachers and parents has meant we've seen excellent results year after year. But I want to see reform and further investment to keep our schools among the best in the country.

Remember the stalwart servants

Harrow Times: Mr McNulty: "I offer the deepest sympathies to his family and colleagues."

10:55am Friday 8th February 2008

I UNDERSTAND that we sadly live in a world of increasing cynicism and scepticism and that, in this context, politicians are about as popular as estate agents or journalists (with apologies to both of these fine professions).

Remember the unsung heroes

Harrow Times: Mr McNulty: "I offer the deepest sympathies to his family and colleagues."

12:21pm Thursday 10th January 2008

I WOULD like to wish a very happy new year to all the staff and readers of the Harrow Times. I hope that everyone had a very enjoyable Christmas and that 2008 brings health and happiness to everyone and their families.

The power of ordinary people

Harrow Times: Mr Thomas: "I'm strongly in favour of a brand new purpose built police station."

12:14pm Thursday 10th January 2008

LAST month I was very pleased to arrange a meeting for local healthcare campaigners Community Voice to present our Save Cancer Services at Mount Vernon Hospital petition to Health Minister Ben Bradshaw along with other local MPs Nick Hurd MP and John McDonnell MP.

Continuing the fight against crime

Harrow Times: Mr Thomas: "I'm strongly in favour of a brand new purpose built police station."

6:23pm Monday 12th November 2007

CRIME affects all of us, whether we read about it in newspapers like the Harrow Times, experience it, or even sometimes feel afraid of walking at night.

Never forget the sacrifice

Harrow Times: Mr McNulty: "I offer the deepest sympathies to his family and colleagues."

6:22pm Monday 12th November 2007

AS time passes, we should never forget the men and women who have inspired us or who have, through their actions, changed the course of our history.






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