Gareth Thomas (English politician)

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Gareth Thomas
MP
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Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
Incumbent
Assumed office
8 October 2013
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Emma Reynolds
Chair of the Co-operative Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
10 July 2001
Preceded by Jim Lee
Minister of State for International Development
In office
5 October 2008 – 13 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Hilary Benn
Succeeded by Alan Duncan
Member of Parliament
for Harrow West
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Robert Gurth Hughes
Majority 3,143 (6.8%)
Personal details
Born (1967-07-15) 15 July 1967 (age 47)
Harrow, London, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour Co-operative
Alma mater Aberystwyth University,
University of Greenwich,
King's College London
Website Gareth Thomas at ePolitix.com

Gareth Richard Thomas (born 15 July 1967) is a British Labour Co-operative politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Harrow West since 1997 and the Chair of the Co-operative Party since 2001. Thomas held the position of Minister of State at the Department for International Development and, following the 2010 election, joined the shadow frontbench team.[1]

Early life[edit]

Gareth attended Hatch End High School on Headstone Lane in Hatch End, then Lowlands College in Harrow. At the University College of Wales Aberystwyth he gained a BSc in Economics in 1988 and later a PGCE from the Thames Polytechnic in 1992. He gained an MA in Imperial and Commonwealth Studies from King's College London in 1996 and became a teacher.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Gareth Thomas is Chair of the Co-operative Party and served as President of the 2003 Co-operative Congress.[2] He was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for International Development in 2003 and sponsored the Industrial and Provident Societies Act through Parliament. After the 29 June 2007 reshuffle he remained at International Development whilst also being part of the new Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, being appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Trade Policy and Consumer Affairs. He had the responsibility of co-ordinating trade policy between the two departments.[3] Following Gordon Brown's reshuffle of 3 October 2008, Thomas was promoted to Minister of State in both departments, taking on the portfolio of Trade, Investment and Consumer Affairs. In the June 2009 reshuffle DBERR was abolished, leaving Thomas to continue his role solely at International Development, with responsibility for Consumer Affairs passing to Kevin Brennan.

In May 2010 he was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Harrow West with an reduced majority (based on a 'notional' 2005 result). He was Shadow Minister for Higher Education and Science from October 2010 to October 2011, Shadow Minister for Civil Society from October 2011 to October 2013 and serves as the Shadow Minister for Europe. In addition he is Deputy Shadow Minister for London.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Opposition Front Bench". The Labour Party. Archived from the original on 5 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Congress Presidents 1869-2002". February 2002. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "Gareth R Thomas MP". Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. Retrieved 21 September 2008. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Gurth Hughes
Member of Parliament for Harrow West
1997–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Lord Jones
(Resigned from post)
Minister of State at the Department for International Development
2008–2010
Succeeded by
Alan Duncan