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

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  • column for Ilford Recorder 23 Feb 2012
    The controversial Health and Social Care Bill faces outright opposition from organisations representing 1.2million NHS doctors, nurses, midwives and other health care providers. Last week Conservative and Lib Dem ministers tabled 137 amendments in the Lords. Yesterday Labour MPs forced a Commons vote calling for publication of an official Department...
  • Iran and nuclear weapons
    Here is my speech in the debate last night Monday 20 February 2012. You can watch it here from 3hours 15 minutes in to The Democracy Live video http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/house_of_commons/newsid_9698000/9698142.stm Or read it here: Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for...
  • Mike launches new BHF initiative at Ursuline school
    Mike launches new BHF initiative at Ursuline schoolMike launched a new healthy vending machine at Ilford Ursuline High School today as part of a campaign by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to encourage pupils to eat healthier snacks and meals during the school day. As part of its Food4Thought campaign, the BHF is working with 30 schools...
  • Syria
    Mike Gapes has called on Nato and Turkey to consider imposing a no fly zone to stop the slaughter in Syria but Foreign Secretary William Hague has ruled it out. Here is their exchange in Parliament on Tuesday. Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): I welcome and endorse the Foreign Secretary’s...
  • Britain and Europe
    I am a signatory of this cross party letter published in the Guardian on Monday 30 January. "In a time of austerity and economic contraction trade is the best way to stimulate the economy and create jobs. Britain is part of the biggest trading block in the world and of a...
  • Low Wages for Workers but big bucks and bonuses for banksters
    Mike Gapes slammed Tory PM Cameron at Prime Ministers Questions on 1 Feb 2012. Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): In opposition the Prime Minister told millions on TV: “If you work hard, I’ll be behind you.” RBS, which is 82% state-owned, has not signed up to pay the living wage of...
  • Mike challenges Cameron on Europe fiasco
    Mike Gapes clashed with Prime Minister David Cameron in the Commons on Tuesday during the Prime Minister's statement following the EU summit . As usual Cameron resorted to personal abuse rather than answering the question. Here is the exchange. Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): The Prime Minister said that he...
  • Mike pledges to beat bowel cancer in Ilford
    Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South, has pledged to support the national charity Beating Bowel Cancer to save lives from the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. Mr Gapes attended Beating Bowel Cancer’s annual Be Loud Be Clear parliamentary reception earlier this week where he found out the latest bowel cancer...
  • Human Rights,Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nigeria, Colombia
    I spoke in the Westminster Hall debate on Human Rights on Thursday 26 Jan 2012 and raised concerns about several countries including Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Pakistan, Iran and Colombia Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): It is a pleasure, Mr Rosindell, to speak under your chairmanship. I congratulate the right...
  • Mike welcomes EU Korea Agreement
    Here is my speech and exchanges with Foreign Office Minister David Lidington in the Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee on Thursday 26 January 2012 concerning the Draft European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Republic of Korea Framework Agreement) Order 2012 9.5 am Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op):...
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