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After the Second World War, when Britain was exhausted and bankrupt, a call went out to the Empire to help rebuild a shattered country. Thousands came here to staff our NHS and work on our railways.

The country has rightly been shocked to learn of the appalling recent treatment of this Windrush generation. Home Secretary Amber Rudd resigned after misleading a Parliamentary Select Committee. But the real author of the “ hostile environment “ policy was her predecessor Theresa May.

In the debate, called by the opposition last week, I referred to my own experience over 26 years of the development of a culture of disbelief within the Home Office. The current crisis should lead to a new approach. It is an opportunity not just to sort out the Windrush issue but also other problems including up to 7000 students wrongly told to leave because of a faulty English language test scandal exposed by the Financial Times, and a similar issue with the high-value migrant visas.

There are people in this country today, in different categories, who came here perfectly legitimately, but who have now found that their status is being challenged and they are being told that they have to leave. The coalition Government scrapped the plans for ID cards that were in the pipeline from the Labour Government. If that had not happened, the situation would not be perfect, but we would be in a much better position today to deal with this culture of disbelief.

You can watch me raising this in Parliament here.

Theresa May's failure of the Windrush Generation should lead to a new approach in the Home Office - My latest column for the Ilford Recorder

After the Second World War, when Britain was exhausted and bankrupt, a call went out to the Empire to help rebuild a shattered country. Thousands came here to staff our...

Mike Gapes MP has called upon the UK government to become a world leader in protecting the oceans by signing the Blue Belt Charter.

Through advancements in satellite technology and developments in international law, it is now possible to monitor and protect vast areas of ocean with ever greater effectiveness and lower cost. 

The UK Government is already leading the world in this work, having stated its intention to create a “Blue Belt” of marine protection around a number of the UK Overseas Territories.

The UK has already protected a massive 830,000 sq km site in the Pacific, around the Pitcairn Islands. This is one of the largest marine reserves in the world, more than three times the size of the UK.

Mike Gapes is supporting a campaign, called #BackTheBlueBelt, calling on the Government to create more protected areas in a number of our Overseas Territories.

Mike hopes that this will include the announcement this month of the largest marine reserve in the Atlantic, around the incredible South Sandwich Islands near the Antarctic, home to a huge array of whales, fish, birds, seals and over 10% of the world’s penguins.

Mike said:

“No one could have watched Blue Planet II and not be struck by the amazing beauty and fragility of the life in our oceans. We are incredibly lucky in the UK to be the stewards of some of the most pristine places left in the global ocean, thanks to our Overseas Territories. I am delighted to support this campaign to protect these special places, and call on the Government to designate the South Sandwich Islands as a marine reserve as soon as possible.”

Mike Gapes MP supports the Blue Belt Charter to protect our Oceans

Mike Gapes MP has called upon the UK government to become a world leader in protecting the oceans by signing the Blue Belt Charter. Through advancements in satellite technology and...

On 21st March Mike Gapes MP, in his capacity as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, posed a number of questions to Foreign Secretary The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP. The full committee hearing can be viewed here. 

 

Mike Gapes MP Questions Boris Johnson on Foreign Affairs

On 21st March Mike Gapes MP, in his capacity as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, posed a number of questions to Foreign Secretary The Rt Hon Boris Johnson...


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