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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10:45am Thursday 5th June 2008
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.
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.
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.
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.
9:58am Thursday 6th March 2008
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.
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).
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.
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.
6:23pm Monday 12th November 2007
6:22pm Monday 12th November 2007