Mike Gapes
Member of Parliament for Ilford South
A local man with a national voice

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  • Russia Crimea and Ukraine
    Russia Crimea and Ukraine - my thoughts on the current crisis. The crisis in Ukraine has dominated matters in Parliament and on our television screens over the past two weeks, as diplomatic talks continue to try to resolve what is the most serious threat to European security in decades....
  • Ilford Recorder Column 13 February 2014
    Crossrail, the largest engineering project in Europe costing a total of £14.8bn is now beyond half way to completion. The route runs 100km through 38 stations from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the...
  • Ramp up the Red to combat Heart Disease
    Ramp up the Red to combat Heart Disease Mike Gapes MP supported the British Heart Foundation (BHF) on Monday when the BHF revealed their first ever pop-up shop in the Palace of Westminster. Mike met shop staff and volunteers to hear how BHF shops raise vital funds for life-saving research. During the visit, Mike added his voice to...
  • Fuel Poverty
    Fuel PovertyMike Gapes MP for Ilford South has pledged his support for ‘Mind the Gap’, a campaign aiming to raise awareness of the help available for people affected by fuel poverty. The campaign, run by the national charity Turn2us, is focusing on the growing gap between household incomes and the cost...
  • UK role in events leading to Operation Blue Star
    Mike Gapes MP questioned Foreign Secretary William Hague in Parliament on Tuesday 4 February 2014 following his statement about the Cabinet Secretary’s report about the reported involvement of the Margaret Thatcher Government in the Indian government operation Blue Star at Sri Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple in Amritsar in...
  • £50 million Crossrail investment for Ilford
    £50 million Crossrail investment for Ilford This morning Friday 31 January 2014 Mike Gapes MP spoke at the ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of £50m Crossrail construction work to enlarge and upgrade the train depot at Ilford Yard which is located between Ilford and Seven Kings stations. Mike Gapes MP;...
  • Human Rights, including Sri Lanka, Syria, Egypt
    Mike Gapes spoke out passionately about the situation in Syria in the debate on the Foreign Affairs Committee report on Human rights in Parliament on Thursday 23 January. "The international community has failed the democratic, peaceful activists, women and men, who were calling for change just three years ago. We...
  • Transfers and Remittances stopped by Barclays
    Mike Gapes participated in the Parliamentary debate on the decision of banks like Barclays to cut off accounts for many small firms involved in money transfers and remittances on Wednesday 22 January. Here is what he said. Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): In my constituency I have...
  • Shameful government to the right of UKIP
    Speaking in Parliament on Monday 20 January Mike Gapes MP slammed the Conservative and Liberal Democrat government for refusing to participate in the United Nations High Commission for refugees programme to bring some of the most vulnerable refugees from Syrian refugee camps to the UK. He...
  • Private rents are too high
    Mike Gapes slammed the rising cost of Private Rents and attacked the complacent weasel words of the Conservative /Liberal Democrat government in questions in Parliament on Monday 20 January. Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): What assessment he has made of recent trends in the level of...
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