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Mike Gapes MP (Ilford South) has written to Jeremy Corbyn MP about the falsehoods and defamatory statements being made by his Redbridge Momentum supporters group.

Full text of the letter has been provided below:

Jeremy Corbyn MP
Leader of the Opposition
House of Commons
London, SW1A 0AA


26th August 2016

Dear Jeremy,

I understand that Redbridge Momentum (redbridgemomentum.org) has recently been established to support your leadership campaign.

I am most concerned that the website of this organisation contains a false and defamatory statement about me. It says: “Mike Gapes voted consistently for the Bedroom Tax”.

In fact as you are well aware I voted with my Labour colleagues against the Bedroom Tax when it was debated in 2011 to 2014.

Indeed the They Work For You website confirms this and says: “Mike Gapes generally voted against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms”.

I am prepared to stand by my record and all my actual votes in parliament. But I am very disappointed that your supporters are spreading falsehoods about my record.

I ask you to instruct your Redbridge Momentum supporters to immediately take down this inaccurate website.

I am copying this letter to the General Secretary of the Labour Party so he can consider whether any disciplinary action arises. I am also making this letter public so my constituents are aware of the truth.

 

Mike Gapes
Labour and Co-operative
Member of Parliament for Ilford South

CC.
- Iain McNicol, General Secretary of the Labour Party

Mike Gapes writes to Jeremy Corbyn regarding Redbridge Momentum

Mike Gapes MP (Ilford South) has written to Jeremy Corbyn MP about the falsehoods and defamatory statements being made by his Redbridge Momentum supporters group.

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The week before the summer recess saw an impressive, dominant first appearance by Theresa May at Prime Minister's Questions, helped by another poor display by Jeremy Corbyn.

Two days earlier, the prime minister introduced the debate on the future of Britain's independent nuclear deterrent. The government motion to modernise Trident was in line with Labour Party policy and the manifesto on which I was re-elected last year: Along with the majority of Labour MPs, I voted for the motion.

I asked the Prime Minister, "Will she confirm that, when the Labour government of Clement Attlee took the decision to have nuclear weapons, they had to do so in a very dangerous world, and that successive Labour governments kept those nuclear weapons because there was a dangerous world? Is it not the case that now is also a dangerous time?"

Later; I referred to the 1983 general election where I was the unsuccessful Labour candidate in Ilford North. Labour had a policy of unilateral nuclear disarmament and what became known as "the longest suicide note in history".

I spent the first week of the recess in China with a delegation of 20 MPs from 11 European countries of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Our intensive programme focused on defence policy, United Nations reform, international and regional security issues. One issue which came up in all our meetings was uncertainty caused by the vote for Britain to leave the EU.

During the rest of the recess, I will be at constituency events and assisting constituents as usual.

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The week before the summer recess saw an impressive, dominant first appearance by Theresa May at Prime Minister's Questions, helped by another poor display by Jeremy Corbyn.


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