Harrow London Borough Council

Harrow London Borough Council /ˈhær/[1] is the local authority for the London Borough of Harrow in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. It is currently controlled by the Labour Party, with 35 seats. The Conservative Party is the sole opposition, with 28 seats.

Harrow London Borough Council
Mayor of Harrow
Cllr Nitin Parekh, Labour
since May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Graham Henson, Labour
since May 2018
Chief executive
Sean Harriss
since 20th November 2018
Seats63 councillors
Political groups
Administration (35)

Opposition (28)

First past the post
Last election
3 May 2018
Next election
Meeting place

Harrow Civic Centre


The current local authority was first elected in 1964, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the London Borough of Harrow on 1 April 1965. Harrow London Borough Council replaced Harrow Borough Council, which was formed when Harrow was incorporated in 1954. Harrow Urban District Council was the local authority from 1934 to 1954. Harrow Urban District Council replaced Harrow on the Hill Urban District Council, Wealdstone Urban District Council and Hendon Rural District Council, including Little Stanmore Parish Council, Great Stanmore Parish Council, Harrow Weald Parish Council and Pinner Parish Council, which were all created in 1894.

It was envisaged through the London Government Act 1963 that Harrow as a London local authority would share power with the Greater London Council. The split of powers and functions meant that the Greater London Council was responsible for "wide area" services such as fire, ambulance, flood prevention, and refuse disposal; with the local authorities responsible for "personal" services such as social care, libraries, cemeteries and refuse collection. As an outer London borough council it has been an education authority since 1965. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when Harrow London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. Since 2000 the Greater London Authority has taken some responsibility for highways and planning control from the council, but within the English local government system the council remains a "most purpose" authority in terms of the available range of powers and functions.


Harrow London Borough Council is the billing authority for Council Tax, and collects a precepts on behalf of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.


As of 4 May 2018, the composition of Harrow Council is 35 Labour councillors to 28 Conservative councillors:

Ward Councillors Party
Belmont Mina Parmar Conservative
Anjana Patel Conservative
Lynda Seymour Conservative
Canons Ameet Jogia Conservative
Amir Moshenson Conservative
Bharat Thakker Conservative
Edgware James Lee Labour
Angella Murphy-Strachan Labour
Nitin Parekh Labour
Greenhill Ghazanfar Ali Labour
Sue Anderson Labour
Keith Ferry Labour
Harrow on the Hill Dan Anderson Labour
Sarah Butterworth Labour
Honey Jamie Labour
Harrow Weald Ramji Chauhan Conservative
Stephen Greek Conservative
Pritesh Patel Conservative
Hatch End Susan Hall Conservative
John Hinkley Conservative
Jean Lammiman Conservative
Headstone North Christopher Baxter Conservative
Leslie Lewinson Conservative
Janet Mote Conservative
Headstone South Simon Brown Labour
Pamela Fitzpatrick Labour
Sasi Suresh Labour
Kenton East Niraj Dattani Labour
Chetna Halai Conservative
Nitesh Hirani Conservative
Kenton West Ajay Maru Labour
Vina Mithani Conservative
Kanti Rabadia Conservative
Marlbrough Varsha Parmar Labour
David Perry Labour
Antonio Weiss Labour
Pinner Paul Osborn Conservative
Norman Stevenson Conservative
Stephen Wrighta Conservative
Pinner South Richard Almond Conservative
Kam Chana Conservative
Christopher Mote Conservative
Queensbury Michael Borio Labour
Kiran Ramchandani Labour
Sachin Shah Labour
Rayners Lane Jeff Anderson Labour
Krishna Suresh Labour
Chloe Smith Labour
Roxbourne Dean Gilligan Labour
Graham Henson Labour
Maxine Henson Labour
Roxeth Peymana Assad Labour
Jerry Miles Labour
Primesh Patel Labour
Stanmore Park Marilyn Ashton Conservative
Camilla Bath Conservative
Phillip Benjamin Conservative
Wealdstone Phillip O'Dell Labour
Natasha Proctor Labour
Rekha Shah Labour
West Harrow Kareema Marikarb Labour
Christine Robson Labour
Adam Swersky Labour

Complaints considered by Standards Working Group

a On 7 June 2019 Harrow Council's Standards Working Group considered complaints from a female resident that Councillor Stephen Wright had breached the Code of Conduct for Councillors and Members. The Working Group heard from the complainant, the investigating officer, witnesses and the councillor and unanimously concluded that Councillor Wright had breached that Code. The Working Group is made up of a Labour Councillor, a Conservative Councillor and an Independent Person.

It found that Councillor Stephen Wright failed to treat others with respect; compromised the impartiality of those working for the Council; brought his office and the Council into disrepute; used his position improperly to secure an advantage; breached the Protocols on Members’ Access to Information and on Councillor/Officer Relations; and inappropriately involved himself in the day-to-day management of Council services.

The Monitoring Officer noted the extensive investigation, the evidence and representations, and the unanimous findings of the Working Group and decided to accept both those findings and the recommended sanctions.

Sanction applied

  • Censure
  • Notice to be read out at Council Notice in the newspaper
  • Notice on the website
  • Training

b Standards Working Group - 22 March 2019 Notice Of Decision

The Standards Working Group considered a complaint and the Mayor Councillor Marikar's written response to it; they unanimously recommended to the Monitoring Officer the following:

That the Mayor Councillor Marikar had breached paragraph 5 of the Code of Conduct for Councillors and Members. She conducted herself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing the Council and her office as Councillor into disrepute by uploading photographs of herself and a member of the Sri Lankan military onto Facebook causing distress to the local community.

They recommended that she should be censured, that a notice should be placed on the Council's website and in a local newspaper, and that the guidance on mayoral visits should be updated.

The Monitoring Officer concurred with their recommendations.

Summary results of elections


  1. Wells, John C. (2008), Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd ed.), Longman, p. 368, ISBN 9781405881180

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