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Luke Parker calls for tax reforms to help local businesses

The Brent North constituency has been held by Labour for the past 18 years. Luke Parker, Conservative candidate, says that winning Barry Gardiner’s seat is “gonna be tough.”

Reporters: Alex Xi Zhang and Jipsa George

Parker and his campaigners

Parker and his campaigners


Luke Parker is the Conservative candidate for Brent North. He is keen to bring tax reforms to small businesses to level out the VAT rates for online and high street shops. The stores in the high streets are being “punished” because they have to pay more tax rates than online businesses. For example customers have to pay the parking charges.

He believes his strategy will encourage residents to open local stores and create more job opportunities.

Our correspondents, spend a day with Luke, when he was canvassing in the local community in Brent North.



Brent North is a semi- marginal Labour seat. It was once a safe Conservative seat until 1997 until Barry Gardiner was elected as the local MP. “Reaching out to the different communities is the biggest challenge for me,” says Parker.

Parker was selected as the Conservative candidate for Brent North four years ago. He was not always a Conservative supporter as he grew up in a Labour household. But it was only when he came to study politics he realised that he had a “new home”.


Parker and his wife

Parker and his wife

Useful links:

Twitter : @luke_r_parker

Luke Parker Facebook

Luke Parker website

A full list of candidates in Brent North can be found here 


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