Labour’s Deputy Leader Harriet Harman was in Ilford on Saturday 27 October for the celebration event at Ilford Golf Club for Mike Gapes 20 years as Member of Parliament. 150 Party members enjoyed a meal and an evening of music and general celebration.
Harriet spoke of Mike’s years of work for Labour, and how he had raised the Labour majority from a mere 402 when first elected in this former Tory stronghold in 1992 to more than 11,000 today.
The Mayor of Redbridge, Councillor Muhammed Javed, and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Elaine Norman, attended the event. The Mayor spoke of Mike’s dedication to the community and extended his warmest congratulations to Mike and wished him every success in the future.
In his message of thanks Mike spoke of the problems now being faced by Ilford people and the need to unite to work and defeat the Tories and LibDems to form a new Labour Government in 2015. Mike also thanked the band and the Musicians Union, the staff at the Ilford Golf Club and everyone who worked to make the event a success.
Mike is an avid West Ham supporter and was presented with a signed and framed West Ham shirt.
The photograph show Mike, Harriet Harman and the Mayor and Deputy-Mayor of Redbridge.