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

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  • Visit to the United Nations
    Visit to the United NationsI visited the United Nations in New York this week with the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. Here is the delegation behind the UK seat at the UN Security Council room . The Committee is also visiting Washington where it will meet members of both Houses of Congress as...
  • Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka Mike Gapes has shown a close interest in the situation in Sri Lanka . He spoke in the Commons last week at a meeting to highlight the plight of war widows in the country. Mike also had recent meetings with constituents and received petitions calling for Prime...
  • Overseas territories
    Here is a link to the European Committee B discussions on Wednesday 23 October in which I participated and spoke several times. I spoke and asked questions about among other things The Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, The Turks and Caicos Islands , Montserrat, and the...
  • Freeze Energy Prices Now
    Freeze Energy Prices Now Mike Gapes has welcomed the announcement by Ed Miliband that One Nation Labour is planning to freeze energy bills until the start of 2017. Under David Cameron gas and electricity bills have gone up £300 for the average household. Mike said: “Under David Cameron, Britain’s families...
  • World Anti-Slavery Day
    World Anti-Slavery DayMike Gapes joined campaigners against human trafficking and modern slavery on Ilford High Road on World Anti-slavery day last week . Mike said "slavery is still with us and tens of thousands of women and men world wide including some in our own country are exploited and kept in...
  • Show respect for shop workers
    Show respect for shop workers Mike Gapes MP has joined with members of the retail union Usdaw to campaign for respect for shop workers as part of the Freedom From Fear Campaign, which seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse directed at retail staff. The campaign event took place the day after the Government...
  • My Ilford Recorder Column 25 October 2013
    Every day my office is contacted by families living in overcrowded, unhealthy conditions. I also get regular complaints about unauthorised development extensions and "beds in sheds" in back gardens. Local authorities throughout London face impossible pressures caused by a growing population, the lowest level of new housing...
  • Free school scandal
    In view of the scandal at the inadequate and dysfunctional Al Madinah free school in Derby it is worth recalling that some of us warned about such dangers. Here is my question to Tory Education Secretary Michael Gove on 17 November 2010 and his reply. "Mike...
  • Cancer Research
    Cancer Research Mike Gapes MP met Cancer Research UK at the recent Labour Party Conference to get their latest local cancer statistics. Mike heard how a new website can help support vital efforts to diagnose cancer earlier in Ilford and elsewhere. As a result of research, UK cancer survival...
  • Mental Health
    Mental HealthOn World Mental Health Day Thursday 10 October Mike Gapes signed a pledge with Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma programme . The pledge is a commitment by MPs in their roles as small employers to address mental health stigma and discrimination, and support mental health and wellbeing among...
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