A politician is swapping Parliament for pedals and casework for front crawl to train for an Olympic-distance triathlon through which he is raising money for two local causes.

Gareth Thomas, Labour MP for Harrow West, aims to generate £1,000 in sponsorship to share between the Harrow branch of Parkinson’s UK, which meets at Wealdstone Methodist Church Hall in Montrose Road, Wealdstone, and Harrow Law Centre, based in Pinner Road, Harrow.

The 46-year-old shadow minister for Europe said: “It starts at ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre in east London with a 1,500m swim in the Royal Victoria Docks, then a 40km cycle through the streets of London and it finishes back at ExCeL with a 10km run.

“My father had Parkinson’s disease so I know the impact it has on people who suffer from Parkinson’s and also their carers and it’s a great local group in Harrow I wanted to support.

“I have had a lot of contact with Harrow Law Centre in my time as an MP. since they got up and running three or four years ago.

“They make an enormous difference for the vulnerable people of Harrow who struggle to get access to housing, or financial support, or social services, and this is an opportunity to give more them of a profile.”

Mr Thomas completed three triathlons last year  and wants to repeat the feat this year.

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