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Business of the House (29 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: 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?

Points of Order (29 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: 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.

Early Parliamentary General Election (28 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: 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...

Early Parliamentary General Election (28 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: The people who are doing it and who perhaps will do it know who they are; I will not name them. The only way we are going to end this rancorous, divisive politics is by being realistic. If there is a general election and a party gets a big majority—35% or 40% of the vote—that will still leave a majority in this country extremely unhappy with the outcome. The referendum, in my view, was...

Early Parliamentary General Election (28 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: Absolutely. There is a dire need for us to think about the long-term consequences. If 16 and 17-year-olds are not allowed to vote, that generation will be extremely unhappy for many years to come. We also need to look at the role of social media. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has highlighted the problems with social media’s involvement in election campaigning. If there is...

Early Parliamentary General Election (28 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on raising that. He has done a fantastic job in highlighting that issue in the House, and I wish him well for the future.

Early Parliamentary General Election (28 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: rose—

Business of the House (24 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: It is now clear that, instead of dying in a ditch, the Prime Minister has ditched the ditch. Is the Leader of the House aware of the problems that are going to be caused in many communities by having an election as late as 12 December in terms of dark evenings and short hours—

Business of the House (24 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: indicated assent.

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: Let me begin by taking everybody back to the summer of 2012 and Danny Boyle’s fantastic ceremony at the start of the Olympic games. At that time, everybody was saying that the NHS was our secular religion, and in many senses that is true. It has been good to have cross-party support from everybody; no one in this House today has challenged the fundamentals of our NHS. But we all know that...

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: There is a further problem with teenagers when they reach the age of 18, because there is a gap between the CAMHS and adult services. Far too often, young people who have been given help when they are 16, 17 and 18 suddenly fall off the cliff and there is no support for them.

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: The right hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning) mentioned the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust in Romford. Queen’s Hospital in Romford is part of that trust, as is King George Hospital in my constituency. There is an independent treatment centre on the site of King George Hospital, and several years ago it was proposed that the centre be brought...

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: I enjoy the knockabout that has been going on, but will the Secretary of State accept that the NHS reforms brought in by Andrew Lansley led to fragmentation, duplication and inefficiencies, which we are now trying to remedy by reconstructing and bringing groups together, as we are doing in north-east London, and that therefore there is merit in that part of the Opposition’s amendment?

Business of the House (17 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: Every day, thousands of my constituents, many of whom are low paid, hard working and on zero-hours contracts— carers, cleaners, office workers—travel into London on the Jubilee line. This morning, many of them were disrupted and their lives very badly affected by a handful of extremist Extinction Rebellion idiots. This House has made it clear that there is a climate emergency, but can we...

Turkish Incursion into Northern Syria (15 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: President Erdoğan has long planned this attack. There have been proposals to put millions of people—refugees who are in Turkey—across that border. The American Administration, by giving a green light, have destroyed the credibility of their international alliances; strengthened autocrats, demagogues and dictators, including Putin, Assad and the Iranians; and undermined our international...

Us Troop Withdrawal from Northern Syria (8 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: The Turkish President has recently improved his relations with Putin, and the Russians and the Iranians who are fighting on the side of Assad will also have views and interests in respect of what is happening. Is not the danger of what President Trump has done that it reduces the influence of other forces in the region and means that the autocrats and demagogues are dominant in this conflict?

Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill [Lords]: Questions on gender identity (7 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: From what the Minister says, I am unclear on whether it will be possible for Sikhs to tick a specific box on the 2021 census. Can the Minister please clarify?

Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill [Lords]: Questions on gender identity (7 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: My hon. Friend knows that my name is among the six at the top of this new clause. She will know that the Sikh community is very concerned to have this level of recognition, and that there are many people who have been pressing for the resolution of this issue and for a box on the census that Sikhs can tick for many years. Does she not agree that it is time that this matter was dealt with...

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (7 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: The right hon. Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis) drew attention to the 40-year-long pattern of behaviour by the Iranian revolutionary regime of taking hostages. It is clear from what the Minister said that Nazanin’s case is different from that of the Australian dual national, but there are other people detained in Iran—Canadian-Iranians, Austrian-Iranians and American-Iranians, as...

Withdrawal Agreement: Proposed Changes (7 Oct 2019)

Mike Gapes: Last year, The Economist reported from the Norway-Sweden border—at Svinesund—and said: “Even with the latest technology being outside the customs union entails a hard border”. There is automatic number plate recognition, and there are lorry parks and the confiscation of alcohol. How can we have anything but that if the Government proposals come forward?


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