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Read Mike's latest Ilford Recorder column (14/07/2016)

The last four weeks have been the most turbulent and difficult period I have ever known in 24 years in Parliament.  

The brutal murder of our colleague Jo Cox was followed by the  shock result of the EU referendum. Ministers appearing before our Foreign Affairs Select Committee confirmed that absolutely no preparations or contingency plans were made for a Leave vote. The pound has fallen to its lowest level for 31 years. Inward investment is on hold. Prices will rise and the economy is expected to go into a Brexit induced recession.

Saying "I told you so" will be no consolation. Those of us campaigning for Remain were accused of  scare tactics and "Project Fear".   But Project Reality is far worse. The irresponsible early resignation of David Cameron has plunged the country into a political crisis.

The people who brought us this disaster, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, and Andrea Leadsom have fallen by the wayside in internecine recrimination. We will have a woman Prime Minister, the safe pair of hands, Theresa May, chosen without a General Election. Labour faces our own leadership challenge after 80% of our MPs voted no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn by 172 to 40 following his inept and ineffective performances in Parliament and grudging role in the referendum campaign. I am supporting Angela Eagle. She has wide experience in our party and in Parliament and as a Minister in the last Labour government. She can unite Labour in preparation for an early General Election and most importantly provide the credible, effective opposition our country desperately needs at this difficult time. 

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