May 7 2010 By David Baker
Gareth Thomas is re-elected
LABOUR candidate Gareth Thomas has been declared the winner for Harrow West - securing a fourth term in the House of Commons.
Mr Thomas has been returned to the seat with a majority of 3,143, scooping 20,111 votes in total. His nearest rival, Dr Rachel Joyce (Con) came in second with 16,968, whilst Liberal Democrat Chris Noyce secured 7,458 votes.
Herbert Crossman and Rowan Langley from UKIP and the Green Party respectively took a respectable 954 and 625 votes.
Speaking after the win Mr Thomas praised the hard work of his team of volunteers of workers and thanked the scores of people who stayed until the early hours of the morning to oversee the count.
He added: "I'm absolutely delighted. This is a seat in an area that I was born in and grew up in so it is in honour for me to be able to serve the people here. I still have a lot of friends and family here which compounds the sense of delight for me.
"I'm a natural pessimist so I felt like it was going to be very close, especially because there was a huge effort by the Conservatives. The first thing to do now is to organise my first surgery and begin to decide what the priorities will be.
"As I have already said I want to push on with the modernisation of Northwick Park, propose a clear plan for the future of the town centre and oppose Boris Johnson's cuts on the police."