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

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  • Equal Marriage
    I have received many pre-printed postcards and organised emails and some individually written communications from constituents regarding the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill introduced by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government which will have its Second Reading on Tuesday 5 February. It is clear that the proposal to...
  • Mike slams Cameron on Europe
    Here is my speech in the Europe debate on 30 January 3.49 pm Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): The Prime Minister’s speech last week was much delayed, much anticipated and over-hyped. It is already clear that the blip in the opinion polls is much less than he had hoped for....
  • Mali
    I spoke today (29 January 2013) on the statement on Deployment to Mali I told the Defence Secretary: Thirteen years ago I went to Sierra Leone with the Defence Committee and saw British troops and Gurkhas training the Sierra Leonean armed forces. I am therefore very pleased...
  • Holocaust Memorial Day debate
    Mike Gapes took part in the debate on Holocaust Memorial Day in Parliament on 24 Jan 2013, here is what he said ; Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): Does the hon. Gentleman agree that one problem is an ideology of holocaust denial that, sadly, exists in many countries...
  • Mike slams Gove cut to funding for Early intervention
    Here is my exchange with Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove on Monday21 January and the follow up question by Labour Shadow Secretary of State Stephen Twigg Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): What plans he has for early intervention provision; and if he will make a statement. The...
  • Ilford recorder Column 24 January 2013
    We start 2013 with closures of established names like HMV, Jessops and Comet. Many high streets are in crisis and the economy is stagnating with talk of a triple dip recession. Now the Prime Minister is creating years of additional economic uncertainty as he attempts to appease parts of...
  • Mike welcomes Post Office DVLA contract
    Mike  welcomes Post Office DVLA contract The Post Office will continue to offer accessible driving licence and tax services to millions of customers in the UK, including in Ilford Mike Gapes MP attended an event on Monday 21 January to show support for the win by signing a dedicated congratulations board. Mike...
  • Protect our seas and fish
    Protect our seas and fishProposals to protect the Thames Estuary and the seas off our coast are vital and have widespread public support Mike Gapes MP said today. His comments were made after The Wildlife Trusts held a parliamentary event to show support for the proposed network of Marine Conservation Zones...
  • Get your BMI checked
    Get your BMI checkedMike Gapes joined obesity specialists from across the country at the House of Commons last week to launch a national awareness raising campaign, My Weight, My Future. The campaign, a joint initiative between the Obesity Management Association (OMA) and foodadvisors.co.uk, highlights the rapid rise in obesity and calls for...
  • Algeria
    I have spoken twice in Parliament about the attack and murder of hostages by terrorists linked to Al Qaida in Algeria. On Friday 18 January I told David Cameron: May I thank the Prime Minister for his statement and ask him to reiterate the importance of the economic relationships...
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