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

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  • I am proud to be a Co-operative MP
    I am proud to be a Labour and Co-operative MP and to represent both parties in Parliament. The last month has been a difficult time for everyone involved in the Co-operative movement. This is clearly a challenging time for the Co-operative Bank and the wider...
  • Column for Ilford Recorder 21 November 2013
    Column for Ilford Recorder 21 November 2013Last week during the short Parliamentary recess I visited the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. I was impressed with the peaceful situation, booming economy, social, health and infrastructure development. Twenty years ago the Kurds had to flee from Saddam Hussein into the mountains and to Turkey. The democratic...
  • Sri Lanka CHOGM
    Here is my exchange with Prime Minister David Cameron today after his statement about his visit to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka. Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): The Prime Minister says that the Government will press the issue in March next year at the United Nations...
  • Bedroom Tax
    Because I was away on Tuesday on Parliamentary business some websites and tweets and Emails have denounced me for missing the vote on the Labour Opposition motion in the House of Commons which called for the Government to repeal the ‘bedroom tax’, which deducts housing benefit for working age people...
  • European Union Referendum Bill
    I am a strong supporter of British membership of the European Union. I am also a strong supporter of our representative Parliamentary democracy. I do not believe that politics can or should be reduced to simplistic yes or no questions. I therefore decided to ensure that the private members European...
  • Mitzvah Day
    In advance of Mitzvah Day on Friday 15 November Mike Gapes has issued the following statement. "I'm delighted to once again give my support to Mitzvah Day. I know that many thousands of people in Ilford, Redbridge and all over the country will be giving their time to help others....
  • Commonwealth becoming irrelevant?
    Speaking in the debate on the Commnonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka later this month Mike Gapes strongly criticised the decision to hold the meeting in Sri Lanka and questioned the role of the leadership of the organisation and Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma. He concluded "If the...
  • Happy Diwali
    On 3rd November 2013, followers of the Hindu, Jain and Sikh faiths in Ilford will be celebrating Diwali – the festival of lights. Each year, Mike Gapes, the Member of Parliament for Ilford South joins his constituents in celebrating this festival. Commenting on the festival, Mike said: “In...
  • Meningitis
    MeningitisMike Gapes MP is backing a nationwide campaign to introduce a new meningitis B vaccine after meeting families left devastated by the disease. Mike met families and young people directly affected by meningitis at an event in Westminster last week, which brought together MPs from all...
  • Winston Churchill Bust dedication Washington
    Winston Churchill Bust dedication WashingtonMike Gapes and other members of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs committee have been in Washington this week for discussions with their counterparts in the United States Congress. During the visit the delegation participated in the historic ceremony to dedicate a bust to Sir Winston Churchill....
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