Harrow London Borough Council
Harrow London Borough Council // 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
since 20th November 2018
|First past the post|
|3 May 2018|
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:
|Harrow on the Hill||Dan Anderson||Labour|
|Harrow Weald||Ramji Chauhan||Conservative|
|Hatch End||Susan Hall||Conservative|
|Headstone North||Christopher Baxter||Conservative|
|Headstone South||Simon Brown||Labour|
|Kenton East||Niraj Dattani||Labour|
|Kenton West||Ajay Maru||Labour|
|Pinner South||Richard Almond||Conservative|
|Rayners Lane||Jeff Anderson||Labour|
|Stanmore Park||Marilyn Ashton||Conservative|
|West Harrow||Kareema Marikarb||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.
- Notice to be read out at Council Notice in the newspaper
- Notice on the website
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
- Wells, John C. (2008), Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd ed.), Longman, p. 368, ISBN 9781405881180
- London Borough of Harrow website
- Councillor Stephen Wright Censured
- Councillor Stephen Wright Accepts Censure
- Harrow Council Public Notice Stephen Wright Breaches Multiple Code of Conduct
- Councillor Brian Gate Child Porn Arrest
- Councillor Brian Gate Quits After Child Porn Arrest