During Labour Conference in Liverpool this week Mike Gapes attended a meeting to highlight the benefits to the country of the 2012 Olympics.
He was also able to meet with several potential UK Olympic and Paralympic competitors and to hold the Olympic Torch which will be used to open the games at Stratford.
The Olympics will bring many benefits to London and Ilford. People will be coming here from all over the world to see the Games and we must make sure that we are ready to greet them. This is a tremendous opportunity to promote Ilford and boost the local economy. And support British athletes!