The Story of the May Government
Lansons is pleased to announce that we will be hosting an event with Richard Harrington MP – the new Pensions Minister for the May Government.
Richard Harrington MP will outline what the country can expect from the new May Government and offer insight into Theresa May’s leadership election campaign.
This event will take place at 1 Great George st, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA
Richard Harrington MP, Pensions Minister
Richard was elected as Member of Parliament for Watford in May 2010. In Richard’s first term as Watford’s MP he achieved several things for the town such as securing funding from the Treasury for the Croxley Rail Link creating two new tube stations in Watford and linking the Junction to the Met Line. He is now campaigning to save Watford Met from closure, for the complete redevelopment of Watford Junction, a higher frequency of trains on the Abbey Line, improvements at Bushey station and a link to London’s Crossrail. He has been pushing London Midland to improve their services.
Richard lobbied Ministers for 5 new wards and upgrades to the buildings at Watford General and £7m to build a new road that will reduce ambulance attendance times. Under the Conservatives, the budget for Watford’s health services will rise by 5.5% next year, on top of annual increases which have paid for 160 new nurses. He has been working with local GPs who, with government funding, are opening their surgeries 8am to 8pm and on weekends, creating 16000 more appointments in our area. The Conservative Party has pledged to expand this to Carpenders Park and Abbots Langley soon.
Richard has been working with the Department for Education to get four new schools opened in Watford – the University Technical College Secondary School, Lanchester and Ascot Road Free Schools and St John’s Free School (opening September). Garston Manor’s facilities have been upgraded and Westfield Academy is being entirely rebuilt. Many schools have expanded, creating in total over 2500 new school places. Apprenticeships are now a real option for young people in our town and 3000 have been funded in the last 5 years.
In Watford, Richard has run five Jobs Fairs attended by over 10000 people in total helping hundreds of people to get a job on the day. Unemployment has halved in the 5 years that Richard has been the MP. He established the Community Exchange for our local charities to network and runs a Reading Challenge each year for primary schools.
In his Parliamentary career, Richard was a member of the International Development Select Committee, General Secretary of the All Party Kashmir Group and Vice Chairman of the All Party Film Group. He has hosted thousands of local people to visit Parliament and invites a different Watford school each week. In 2013 Richard successfully got a new law passed which criminalises the unlawful subletting of social housing – in Watford this has already led to more properties being available to local families.
In September 2012, Richard was appointed Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party. He had previously been a treasurer of the party.
In June 2015, Harrington was appointed as the Prime Minister’s apprenticeships adviser. He was promoted in September 2015, and appointed Minister for Syrian Refugees jointly at the Home Office, Department for International Development and Department for Communities and Local Government where he was be responsible for working across government to resettle 20,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees in the UK who are fleeing persecution in the Middle East.
Following David Cameron’s resignation Richard helped to launch Theresa Mays leadership campaign. In July 2016, Richard was appointed Minister for Pensions by new Prime Minister, Theresa May, working at the Department for Work and Pensions.