MPs: Barry Gardiner MP; Navin Shah AM; Seb Dance MEP;

Brent North (House of Commons)

Mr Barry Gardiner MP (Labour)

Surgery: Barry's Advice Surgeries in Brent North

Barry's surgeries are a chance to meet Barry or his assistant face to face to discuss your problem or concern. At the surgery Barry or his assistant will listen to your problem and then advise what action Barry can take to help.

Surgeries are reserved to Barry's constituents (e.g. people who reside within the parliamentary constituency of Brent North).
There are two types of advice surgery:
Immigration & Asylum

These are held on the 2nd Friday of each month (except August) at Brent Town Hall (Forty Lane, Wembley, HA9 9HD) from 9.30 -12.00 o'clock. See full address below.

You do not need to make an appointment for immigration surgery as it is run on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Please arrive early and bring with you photocopies of relevant documents as Barry cannot accept originals. If you have a home office reference number, please bring that too.

For all matters apart from immigration, you will need to book an appointment at one of Barry's four monthly surgeries - twice per month. Please arrive on time and bring with you photocopies of any relevant documents as Barry cannot accept originals.

Non-Immigration Surgeries are held at the Brent Indian Association and Brent Town hall on the 2nd Monday in the month (except August) or at Sudbury Methodist Church and Kingsbury library on the 4th Saturday in the month (except August). Please see the chart below for the addresses and the directions.
Advice Sugeries Locations
Every 2nd Monday in the Month
(Except August)

Brent Indian Association
116 Ealing Road
Nearest Tube Station: Wembley Central (0.3 miles)

Time 9:30 AM - 11 AM (Appointments only)

See map

Brent Town Hall
(Immigration and Non-Immigration)
Forty Lane
Nearest Tube Station: Wembley Park (0.3 miles)

Time 11:30 AM - 1 PM (Appointments only)
Time 9:30 AM - 12:00 (First-come, first-served)

See map
Every 4th Saturday in the Month
(Except August and December)

Sudbury Methodist Church
809 Harrow Road
Nearest Tube Station: Sudbury Town (10-minute walk)

Time 9:30 AM - 11 AM (Appointments only)

Kingsbury Library
522 – 524 Kingsbury Road
Nearest Tube Station: Kingsbury (0.1 miles)

Time 11:30 AM - 1 PM (Appointments only)

Surgery Tel: 020 7219 4046

MP Since - 1997 Majority - 8,028 Born - 10/03/1957 (Glasgow). Married, 3 sons, 1 daughter.
Education - Glasgow High School, Haileybury College, University of St Andrews, Cambridge University, Harvard University (JFK Scholarship 1983).
Previous Occupation - Arbitrator of Maritime Casualties (Senior Partner), Travels frequently in Eastern Europe, Lectures twice a year for the Academy of National Economy in Moscow. Member MSF/GMB Unions.

Personal Overview - Behaviour to date places him as a moderate, well educated Labour member. Somewhat rootless, having spent periods in Glasgow, St. Andrew's, Cambridge, London and the United States, he comes from a business background, which in turn has taken him on frequent visits to Eastern Europe. He is a member of the Co-operative Party and also has a history in Local Government, where he was particularly active in the areas of art and leisure. Political interests centre around a broad swathe of trade and industry issues. For other Commons members his Chamber addresses have proved pedestrian, which during one particularly taxing passage prompted a colleague to mockingly attempt to set him on fire. Still holds out against the dominant trend amongst the Labour party for beard removal. A call into Government was not thought a likelihood, but a junior position was attained for a few years. Left his job as a Prime Ministerial envoy on Forestry in September 2008 after joining the group of Labour MPs calling for a leadership contest. He became a junior Shadow Minister in July 2013 with a remit covering the Natural Environment and Fisheries.

Political History - Councillor, Cambridge City Council (1988-94), Mayor (1992-93). MP Brent North (1997-). Joint Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party Culture, Media & Sport Committee (2002-04), Joint Vice Chairman Parliamentary Labour Party Treasury Committee (2001-04). Member of the Procedure Select Committee (1997-2001), former member of the Broadcasting Select Committee. Public Accounts Select Committee (1999-2002). Former PPS to Beverley Hughes MP (Home Office). Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office (2004-05), Department for Trade & Industry (2005-06), Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (2006-07). Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Forestry (2007-08). Member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee (2010-13). Member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee (2011-13). Shadow Natural Environment and Fisheries Minister, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2013-).

Characteristics - Experience in Business, Local Government history, practised in working in Eastern Europe. Contributes to the Philosophical Quarterly journal. It is notable that the Labour victory in 1997 ended the Parliamentary career of Victorian-throwback, and former Tory Education Minister, Sir Rhodes Boyson.

Business Tel: 020 7219 4046


Interests: General Home Affairs,General Trade & Industry,Law & Order,General Economy

Commitee membership
  • Animal Welfare (Associate Group) (Member)
  • Friends of the Baha'is Group (Member)
  • Biodiversity Group (Chairman)
  • Biomass Group (Member)
  • Chinese in Britain Group (Chairman)
  • Globe UK Group (Member)
  • Green Deal Group (Chairman)
  • International Development and the Environment Group (Member)
  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (Member)
  • Rugby Union Group (Member)
  • Self-Build, Custom-Build and Independent Housebuilding Group (Member)
  • Thorium Energy Group (Member)
  • Zoroastrian Group (Member)
  • Mexico Group (Member)
  • Sri Lanka Group (Vice Chairman)


Brent and Harrow (Greater London Authority)

Mr Navin Shah AM (Labour)

GLA Member Since - 2008 Majority - 29,796 Born - 19.
Education - Educated locally.

Previous Occupation - Architect and Planner.

Personal Overview - Experienced local politician who successfully gained the Brent & Harrow seat from the Conservatives in 2008 defying the national trend. He is a former Leader of Harrow BC and has been politically active in the area for 30 years. Has a distinctive background as the son of a former freedom fighter in India. He has stated that he joined the Labour Party due to his 'deep socialist beliefs' and that this encouraged him to become active in working with voluntary organisations in his local area. locally, he has also shown interest in planning and regeneration projects, he was involved in the Harrow Town Centre Regeneration and on the Wembley Stadium project (in consultation with Harrow Council and the neighbouring Authority to Brent). He has also worked on strategic issues within London such as the London Olympics and the Mayor's London Plan (through the West London Alliance of 6 West London Boroughs including Harrow). He has been involved in the Leader's Committee at London Councils (formerly Association of London Government), where he was on the Poverty and Crime and Safety Panels. He has worked with the Metropolitan Police Authority to establish safer neighbourhood teams as well as on the London Safety Plan via his membership of the London Fire Emergency Planning Authority.

Political History - Councillor, Harrow BC, Council Leader (2004-06), Labour Group Leader (2006-08). Has been a member of the National Panel of the Labour Party Ethnic Minority Taskforce. GLA PR list candidate (2000). GLA Member for Brent & Harrow (2008-). Deputy Chairman of the Audit Panel (2008-). Deputy Chairman of the Health and Public Services Committee (2008-). Member of the Planning and Housing Committee (2008-). Member of the Metropolitan Police Authority (2008). Member of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Committee (2008-).

Other Information - Member of Amicus and the Co-operative Party. Member of Harrow Fabian Society. Executive Member of the Council for Racial Equality, Founder (1990) and Trustee of the Harrow Anti-Racist Alliance. Member of Harrow Police Community Consultative Group. Has been a member of the London Fire Emergency Planning Authority. Founder member of Wishram (1990), a group which addresses learning difficulties. Alternative email address is

All Party Groups - N/a.

Business Tel: 020 7983 4377


My blog

Interests: Community Cohesion,Housing,Discrimination,Planning Issues

Commitee membership
  • Health & Public Services Committee (Vice Chairman)
  • Planning and Housing Committee (Member)
  • Audit Panel (Vice Chairman)


London (European Parliament)

Mr Seb Dance MEP (Labour)

MEP Since - 2014. Born - 1981. Partner (Spencer Livermore, Labour Campaign Director).
Education - N/a.
Previous Occupation - Former Parliamentary Researcher and Special Advisor to Sean Woodward MP (As Northern Ireland Secretary). Worked for the international development charity ActionAid UK as a Government Relations Adviser.

Personal Overview - Elected from 4th place on Labour's London list in 2014, in what was a good year for the party in the capital. He has a career background working in the charity sector in a public affairs role for ActionAid, a charity which is primarily focussed on global poverty issues. He has also spent time as a Special Advisor to the last Labour Government on Northern Ireland in a role which involved trying to bring together historically divided communities. He is originally from South London and has been a Labour Party member from the age of 16, having campaigned for the party at both local and national elections.

Political History - MEP London Region (2014-). Member of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (2014-). Member of the Delegation for relations with South Africa (2014-). Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (2014-). Substitute member of the Committee on Development (2014-).

Other Information - Has been a member of Unite and the Co-operative Party.

Intergroups - N/a.

Business Tel: +32(0)2 28 45833


My blog

Interests: Environment,Equal Opportunities,Poverty,Charities,Northern Ireland,Employment

Commitee membership
  • Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (Member)
  • Development (Substitute)


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