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This week Mike Gapes MP signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.

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Mike Gapes MP took part in the Holocaust Memorial Day debate in Parliament this afternoon. You can view the speech here. He will be attending the national Holocaust Memorial Day service in Central London on Thursday 25th January and the Redbridge Memorial Service in Valentines Park on Friday 26 January.

Saturday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

In the lead up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘The power of words’.

After signing the Book of Commitment, Mike Gapes MP commented:

“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Ilford South and across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust. As the Holocaust moves from living history, to just history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors. At a time when antisemitism is growing on both left and right it is more vital than ever that we remember and learn the lessons from the Holocaust. I would encourage my constituents to show their support for such an important day.”

 

 

Mike Gapes MP signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

This week Mike Gapes MP signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during...

Mike Gapes MP spoke yesterday (Tuesday 16th January) in the Commons on the EU Withdrawal Bill to criticise the government's lack of clarity over the border of Anguilla and what will happen if the UK leaves the EU.

In Mike's speech he warns that the UK government has long neglected overseas territories like Anguilla and, now that we may be leaving the EU, there are many vital questions that remain unanswered about Anguilla's EU borders with Dutch Sint Maarten and French Saint Martin.

You can watch Mike's speech here or read the transcript in full here.

What about Anguilla?

Mike Gapes MP spoke yesterday (Tuesday 16th January) in the Commons on the EU Withdrawal Bill to criticise the government's lack of clarity over the border of Anguilla and what...

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2018 is the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of our National Health Service by the Labour Government of Clement Attlee.

The Ilford Recorder has regularly reported on the pressures facing our local King George and Queens Hospitals. But we are not unique. Since 2010, the number of people waiting longer than 4 hours in A&E in England has soared. It has got harder to see a GP. Waiting lists are growing. Hospitals are in financial crisis. NHS Trusts ended last year hundreds of millions of pounds in deficit. NHS spending per capita is due to fall next year. Hard pressed Local Councils have cut adult social care budgets.  

 

Over 75,000 patients have been left languishing in the back of ambulances this winter. Theresa May’s boast that the NHS is the best prepared it’s ever been has now been entirely discredited. The truth is we are now approaching the 8th year of desperate underfunding and cuts to our health and social care services by the Tories. We've seen thousands of beds cut from the NHS and the numbers of days lost to delayed discharge are up by 50 per cent.  

 

Despite the heroic efforts of our fantastic NHS staff, our health service is more vulnerable than ever before. As the NHS enters its 70th year, the truth is that Tory neglect has left it underfunded, understaffed and overstretched. Ministers must get an urgent grip of this escalating crisis and give our NHS the resources it needs.

Ministers must get urgent grip of NHS

2018 is the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of our National Health Service by the Labour Government of Clement Attlee.


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