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Will the Leader of the House ensure that all staff employed by Members of this House are given urgent advice about what might be necessary for them to do, particularly where their Member may be retiring or might not be re-elected?
Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. I agree with the hon. Member for Lichfield (Michael Fabricant) because, when I came in in 1992 as a new Member, the first thing I did was vote for a Speaker, without knowing any of the candidates in any detail whatsoever. But surely the best way to resolve this issue is not to have a general election in December.
We are apparently approaching the season of good will, when we are supposed to have Christmas parties in our primary schools and wish each other season’s greetings. I hope that people who want a season of good will have not been watching these exchanges. They say that turkeys do not vote for an early Christmas. That is probably true, but it is also apparent that some people have been on...
Former Independent MP for Ilford South
Entered the House of Commons on 9 April 1992 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 6 November 2019 — Dissolved for election
Party was Labour/Co-operative until 11 Apr 2005; Labour until 30 Mar 2015; Labour/Co-operative until 17 Feb 2019
Mike Gapes campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC
Last updated: 5 Nov 2019.