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

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  • Afghanistan
    Speaking in Parliament on Monday 17 September Mike Gapes expressed concern about the prospects for Afghanistan after the planned withdrawal of ISAF combat forces in 2014 Afghanistan (Force Protection) Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): The Secretary of State referred to the need to hold...
  • Council must act to stop unauthorised back garden homes
    During questions to Local Government Ministers Eric Pickles and Nick Bowles in Parliament on Monday 17 September Mike Gapes hit out at the failure of Tory/Lib Dem Redbridge Council to take action against unauthorised development in back gardens Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): Will the Minister have a word with...
  • Ilford Recorder Column 9 August 2012
    Danny Boyle's Olympic Games opening ceremony was a brilliant statement of what it is to be British today. I was particularly pleased to see "Jerusalem" and "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles". The BBC coverage is superb. I have been surfing the red and blue buttons from cycling to swimming to hockey...
  • Ilford Recorder Column July 2012
    My Column in the Ilford Recorder 12 July 2012 The City of London is vital to our economy. Hundreds of thousands including many of my constituents work in our global financial services industry. Revelations of lying and manipulation of interest rates exposed at Barclays have...
  • Time to Abolish the House of Lords
    Here is my speech in the House of Lords debate on Tuesday 10 July 2012 7.33 pm Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): We have been here before, in the last Parliament. In those debates, I was one of many Labour Members who voted for the abolition of the House of...
  • The answer is plain
    The answer is plainMike Gapes MP is backing a Cancer Research UK campaign aimed at discouraging young people from starting to smoke. Mike met constituent and campaigner Penny Christophe, from Ilford, at Westminster to discuss the charity’s The answer is plain campaign, which calls for all branding to be removed from tobacco packaging....
  • Column for Ilford Recorder 14 June 2012
    I want to thank the more than two hundred people of all ages who came to the service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for the life of my 19 year old daughter Rebecca held at Forest Park Cemetery and Crematorium on Friday 1st June. I am particularly grateful that so many...
  • Mike calls for better support for the UKs six million unpaid carers
    Mike has teamed up with TV presenter and former carer Fiona Phillips to support this year’s Carers Week (18-24 June) and recognise the contribution made by those people in Ilford and throughout the UK who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled. Mike said: Thousands of...
  • Mike‘s bet on Hammers wins £200 for homeless charity
    Ilford South MP Mike Gapes visited the Goodmayes Branch of Ladbrokes last Friday (4 May 2012) to receive a winning cheque for £200 as a donation to the homeless charity Shelter. Mike had won the money for the charity by placing a £25 bet last month predicting...
  • Mike joins energy bill revolution
    Mike has joined with over 100 MPs from nine political parties in signing up to a parliamentary petition - Early Day Motion 2769 - in support of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign. Launched in February, the Energy Bill Revolution is calling on the Government to spend carbon tax revenue...
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