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Ilford South MP Mike Gapes has lent his support to a new public awareness campaign launched by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to target the growing problem of the illicit and cruel UK puppy trade.

The puppy industry is booming, but with many UK breeders and puppy smugglers across Europe producing puppies solely for profit, all too often these animals suffer serious illness or behavioural problems later in life. Others, sadly, do not survive.

IFAW has devised a useful guide, P.U.P.S, for anyone looking to buy a puppy, to ensure they know what to look for to avoid buying an unhealthy, possibly puppy farmed animal.

Mike Gapes said: “I am very pleased to support this important IFAW campaign to help make people aware of the potential pitfalls before buying a puppy which may have been farmed in squalid conditions and taken from its mother too soon, before it is eight weeks of age.

“It is terrible to think of these puppies being transported a great distance by dealers with little or no thought for their health or welfare. The mothers suffer greatly too, being made to produce litter after litter of puppies until they have outlived their usefulness.”

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Mike Gapes MP backs new campaign targeting the cruel UK puppy trade

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes has lent his support to a new public awareness campaign launched by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to target the growing problem of...

New report from the Heritage Lottery Fund calls for collaborative national and local action to deliver new ways of funding and managing parks to avert a crisis

On Wednesday 7th September, Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South attended an event in Parliament hosted by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to galvanise support for the UK’s public parks.

Thanks to an investment of over £850m of National Lottery money, more than 800 of the UK’s public parks are in better condition, with improved facilities and renovated historic features. However, with park managers reporting an expectation of further budget cuts, the benefits of this investment could be lost as the risk of decline and potential facility closures continues to grow.  

Mike Gapes said: “Our local parks including South Park and Valentines Park which both have received lottery funding are incredibly important to the people of Ilford, helping us relax, get fit, play and spend time with each other. The Heritage Lottery Fund is right to highlight the challenges currently facing these treasured open spaces and I am pleased to support their call for concerted action to protect their future.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund’s new report, State of UK Public Parks 2016, finds that:

  • parks are more popular than ever after £850m of National Lottery investment
  • park use is rising whilst resources and skills available to manage them are declining
  • a downward trend in the condition of parks - predicted in HLF’s 2014 report – is set to continue
  • commercially driven approaches to income generation are increasing and new management models are showing encouraging results; and
  • careful management, better national and local partnership working and investment in new skills are needed to build expertise at a time when resources are limited.

HLF and Big Lottery Fund are committed to funding capital improvements to historic parks and supporting innovation, particularly around new models of finance and management. The two funding bodies are now calling for continued commitment from local authorities and collaboration across the parks sector, business, park users and local and central Government to develop new ways to fund and manage parks. 

More information is available at www.hlf.org.uk

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Mike Gapes MP calls for action to support local parks

New report from the Heritage Lottery Fund calls for collaborative national and local action to deliver new ways of funding and managing parks to avert a crisis

Fifteen years ago this week aircraft hijacked by terrorists were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, and into the Pentagon in Washington, USA.

Due to the selfless bravery of its passengers, a fourth plane crashed before it could be flown into the White House. Since then we have seen a global struggle, to defend democratic and secular values of tolerance, equality and respect.  

We have faced terrible terrorist outrages, in this country and elsewhere in Europe, in Turkey, in India, in Pakistan, in Bangladesh, in Africa, and elsewhere. The epicentre of the terrorist threat has moved from Al Qaeda in Afghanistan to the misnamed Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. But its tentacles and networks are global.  

When the House of Commons returned from recess this week I spent several hours in the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, considering a draft report on the very challenging situation in Libya. We also had a meeting of the Committee on Arms Export Controls which is looking at UK arms exports policy relating to Saudi Arabia and the civil war in Yemen.  Hundreds of gullible, naive or disturbed British young people have been groomed and gone to join the Daesh / Islamic State caliphate cult.

I welcome the outcome of the recent trial of Ilford resident  Anjem  Choudary and the belated removal of this poisonous evil man from our community. Our police, intelligence and security services deserve our congratulations and our continuing support.   

Mike's Ilford Recorder Column (8/9/2016)

Fifteen years ago this week aircraft hijacked by terrorists were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, and into the Pentagon in Washington, USA....


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