Mr Richard Harrington – Watford MP
Richard was elected as Member of Parliament for Watford in May 2010. Since then he has been working hard in both Watford and Westminster, fighting for the people of Watford on the issues that matter most to them.
Richard was born in Leeds in 1957, the eldest son of a shopkeeper. He worked in the family shop at weekends and school holidays from the age of 10. This gave him what he sees as the most significant values in his life, hard work and enterprise. After leaving Leeds Grammar School in 1975 he was awarded a scholarship to Oxford University to study Law at Keble College.
Upon graduation Richard started working in the Trewins Department store in Watford (now John Lewis) and eventually left to start up a property business with 2 friends. Richard ran the successfully business for 20 years before going to work full time for the Variety Club Children’s Charity. He was selected to stand for Watford in December 2008.
Richard has always been interested in politics and has long ties with the Conservative Party. He first joined the party in 1983 and has been active in every election since then. He was a Party Treasurer between 2008 and 2010.
In September 2012 Richard was appointed as a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party
Richard is married to his wife Jessie and they have 2 sons.