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Mike Gapes MP has spoken out ahead of World AIDS Day to warn against ‘stigma and complacency’ around HIV.

Mike joined Terrence Higgins Trust’s reception in the House of Lords on the eve of World AIDS Day, which brought together politicians, campaigners, medics and people affected by HIV. The event was hosted by Baroness Gould and the Lord Speaker Lord Fowler.

Three decades after the HIV epidemic began in the UK, HIV was back at the top of the agenda in Parliament ahead of World AIDS Day (1 December).

Nearly 40 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum including Mike wore their red ribbons with pride, while reflecting on how far we’ve come, but how far we still have to go.

The room was packed with people who are committed to making a life-changing difference to those living with HIV by influencing government policy, clinical practice or public awareness, including Mike.

Mike Gapes, Labour MP for Ilford South said: “World AIDS Day continues to be incredibly important as a day of action, awareness and remembrance, so I’m delighted to offer my support to Terrence Higgins Trust’s #ItsNotOver campaign and hope that others will also lend their support.

“We must not let complacency or stigma undo decades of medical progress in the fight against HIV. There are more people than ever living with HIV in this country, and there’s a long way to go before we finally beat the stigma that surrounds the virus.”

Find out more about Terrence Higgins Trust’s current campaigns at www.tht.org.uk/campaigns

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Mike Gapes MP backs Terrence Higgins Trust’s #ItsNotOver campaign for World AIDS Day

Mike Gapes MP has spoken out ahead of World AIDS Day to warn against ‘stigma and complacency’ around HIV.

Catch up with Mike's latest column in this week's Ilford Recorder.

Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn statement revealed the damaging consequences of the vote to leave the European Union.

The Office of Budget Responsibility says: "The Government is no longer on course to balance the budget during the current Parliament and has formally dropped this ambition...reflecting weak tax receipts so far this year and a more subdued outlook for economic growth". An extra £120billion borrowing will be added to the national debt.

The Treasury admit: “the downward revision to the outlook for business investment has been more substantial.” Uncertainty exists about exports of goods and services into other European countries tariff free, whether financial services will be able to trade at all into Europe after 2019, and whether we can negotiate trade agreements to replace our EU membership in time.

Deep cuts hitting local councils, transport and social care will continue. The NHS won’t get the £350million a week so infamously pledged on the big red Referendum bus. Stealth tax rises for car and other insurance policies from 5% in 2010 to now 12% are borne mostly by those who are already struggling. The expected higher inflation next year will hit those on lower incomes, and lower growth, forecast to fall to just 1.4% next year, will translate into lower wages.

Parliament must insist on a proper transitional arrangement to smooth the process of exiting the European Union, and delay the triggering of Article 50 until the government sets out a clear plan.

Mike's Ilford Recorder Column (01/12/2016)

Catch up with Mike's latest column in this week's Ilford Recorder.

On Monday (28th November 2016) Mike intervened on The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs statement on Aleppo. Below is a transcript of their exchange:

Mike Gapes MP (Labour/Co-operative, Ilford South): Can the Minister confirm that the action taken in Kosovo did not have a UN Security Council resolution? Many of us called on William Hague, when he was Foreign Secretary in 2011 and 2012, to support no-fly zones similar to the ones John Major had established to protect the Kurds in Iraq. Is it not time for us all to recognise that we have allowed Russia to get into this position because we failed to act, not in 2013, but in 2011 and 2012, when Assad started murdering peaceful protesters? Is it not time to recognise that the UN Security Council is hamstrung and that we need to act, even without a Security Council resolution, to save hundreds of thousands of lives?

Tobias Ellwood MP (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs): Following Rwanda, a new international initiative establishing a duty of care was agreed, under which the international community would not stand by when a leader chose to kill his own people. That agreement was introduced so that comments about acts of genocide and other phrases that came out at the time could no longer be used to justify the hesitancy of the international community to step forward. The hon. Gentleman is suggesting that we bypass certain legal processes to move forward. In Kosovo, we had troops on the ground and we had collective international, regional and local support. In Kurdistan, a UN resolution backed the action taken there. He has raised a profound question. Should we go into a situation to do the right thing, even though we do not have international legal cover because such cover has been vetoed by a P5 member at every opportunity?

Mike Gapes: "we have allowed Russia to get into this position because we failed to act"

On Monday (28th November 2016) Mike intervened on The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs statement on Aleppo. Below is a transcript of their exchange:


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