Watford Conservative Association is on the brink of collapse as an internal war over Europe envelopes it. Watford's MP has late in the day come out for a Peoples Vote enraging local Tory Party members. Now they have failed to field Council candidates in four wards of the local constituency as Tory members go on strike in protest. Read Labour's statement here.
Just who is Richard Harrington MP?
Born in 1957 he was privately educated and in the late 1970s was an Executive Board member of the extreme right wing Federation of Conservative Students (FCS) which was closed down. Having started in the retail industry he moved into property development setting up a business in 1983 that he sold onto an American Company twenty years later. His personal wealth is unknown but he is widely regarded as a wealthy millionaire who has been Treasurer of the Conservative Party and sunk large amounts of his money into keeping his Watford seat. His majority of almost 10,000 in 2015 was slashed to just 2,092 in the General Election of 2017
(Source: Wikipedia and Annual Watford Conservative Association Accounts)
Harrington's Horrors! How he has voted in Parliament
Despite his affable facade, Richard Harrington has enthusiastically voted for the most divisive Tory policies that have hurt thousands and thousands of Watford people. Here's a sample of his voting record.
Failed to secure the investment our hospital needs.
After the Tory/Lib Dem Coalition scrapped the former Labour Governments hospital modernisation plans back in 2011, Richard Harrington has done little to secure the investment our hospital desperately needs. The NHS Trust said it needed a minimum of £600 million to modernise services across West Herts. Now the Tory Government have said that the trust can 'borrow' up to £350 million for investment, putting the cash strapped Trust into further deficit. Richard Harrington has again failed to support our local hospital.
Failed to stop the Nascot Lawn respite centre closure
Despite the Conservative Government demanding cuts of £45 million from West Herts NHS Budget, Richard Harrington failed to make any representations to his government for funding to keep this precious resource open. Instead he tried to blame the cash strapped Clinical Commissioning Group for the closure but in the end did nothing to try and prevent the closure of Nascot Lawn.