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Cyclone Idai (20 Mar 2019)

Mike Gapes: The port of Beira has a huge role in providing access to the Indian ocean for landlocked countries as well as the three countries that are specifically hit by this appalling disaster. Zambia, for example, has a lot of trade going through that port. What steps are being taken to assess the economic implications for the region as a whole, including other countries, and for the vital...

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture): Foreign Affairs Committee (19 Mar 2019)

Mike Gapes: There have been times today when I thought I was listening to my own obituary, and it has been quite moving to hear some kind things said about me. But it is not about me, and it is not about my good friend the hon. Member for Dudley North (Ian Austin) either; it is about the way in which this Parliament works. I have had the privilege and the honour to be a Member of Parliament for 27...

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture): Foreign Affairs Committee (19 Mar 2019)

Mike Gapes: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman. When a Select Committee produces a report that contains lots of recommendations and says some telling and critical things and it wants the Government to produce a serious response, that Committee has effect if it works collectively and comes to a consensual report. If the Government then gives an inadequate response, the Committee goes back. Under...

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture): Foreign Affairs Committee (19 Mar 2019)

Mike Gapes: I give way to my hon. Friend.

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture): Foreign Affairs Committee (19 Mar 2019)

Mike Gapes: I am very grateful. Obviously every Member has to look to their own conscience and presumably their own relationship with their party to decide what they will do, but I must say that I am astonished that there is a Whip on this House business. It is not usual. I was in the House in 2001, and I recall the attempted removal of the Chairs of the Select Committee on Transport, Gwyneth Dunwoody,...

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture): Foreign Affairs Committee (19 Mar 2019)

Mike Gapes: Yes, that is factually correct. More importantly, this is not just a question of positioning on the Benches. My views on the awful Maduro regime in Venezuela, the Putin kleptocracy and the barbaric, murderous Assad regime have not changed from when I said those things over recent months. It may be that factors around those have played some role in this—I do not know.

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture): Foreign Affairs Committee (19 Mar 2019)

Mike Gapes: I am very grateful. I say to all the members of the Foreign Affairs Committee that I am very pleased and grateful that the Committee decided unanimously that it did not want to have two of its members removed. The Chairman of our Committee wrote a letter to the Chief Whips of the respective parties pointing that out, so there is no doubt about the position of the other nine Committee members...

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture): Foreign Affairs Committee (19 Mar 2019)

Mike Gapes: As a fellow West Ham supporter, I can assure the hon. Gentleman that that is not the case.

Business of the House (Today): UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union (14 Mar 2019)

Mike Gapes: Two years ago when we debated article 50 and I voted against invoking it, I said that we would go on to an escalator with no brake and no way of getting off. I now understand why the Prime Minister invoked it at that time. It was because she wanted to stop a European Parliament election. The timetable of agreeing an article 50 process 18 months before the Government had even got an agreed...

Point of Order: Business of the House (14 Mar 2019)

Mike Gapes: May we have an early debate on NATO and, in particular, on the work of those Members of this House and the other place who contribute to our country’s foreign policy by their participation in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly?

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (12 Mar 2019)

Mike Gapes: Will the Prime Minister give way?

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (12 Mar 2019)

Mike Gapes: On Gibraltar, can the Prime Minister confirm that well over 90% of the people of Gibraltar voted to remain in the European Union, and that if her deal goes down tonight it will be essential that Gibraltar continues to have as close a relationship as possible with the European Union single market?

Exiting the European Union (11 Mar 2019)

Mike Gapes: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker.

Exiting the European Union (11 Mar 2019)

Mike Gapes: While the Minister was speaking, the journalist Paul Waugh had on his website some of the documents. I went to ask in the Vote Office whether the documents were available. I was told no. They had been received electronically, but they had to be printed by the Journal Office. I seek your clarification, Mr Speaker, as to when in this House copies of those documents were available, given that...

Syria (11 Mar 2019)

Mike Gapes: The Minister rightly referred to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, and the millions of refugees they have taken. Refugees from Syria have also gone to Iraq, and they were not mentioned in his statement. I understand the complexities of the Kurdistan Regional Government region and its relationship with Baghdad, but what assistance is being given to the Kurdish people in Iraq, who have been so...

Kashmir (7 Mar 2019)

Mike Gapes: I welcome the tone and content of the Minister’s statement and of the remarks made by the Labour Front Bencher. That is very important at this time, when, as the Minister said, there has today been a terrorist attack on a bus stand in Jammu with a grenade. I understand that it has killed at least one person and left three more in a serious condition—apparently, 28 people were injured....

Jammu and Kashmir (27 Feb 2019)

Mike Gapes: While we should not exaggerate the influence that the British Government could have at this time, is it not nevertheless important for us, as a nuclear-weapon state, to do what Jack Straw did in 1999 during the Kargil crisis, when the role of the British Foreign Office was central to ensuring that it did not escalate into an all-out nuclear war?

Business of the House: Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (26 Feb 2019)

Mike Gapes: I took part briefly in the debate in January a year ago, which was secured by my right hon. Friend the Member for Enfield North (Joan Ryan). It was very clear at that time that the Government were uncomfortable with the existing position. The Labour Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, had come out very strongly to call for a total ban on Hezbollah—not just the military, but the political...

Business of the House: Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (26 Feb 2019)

Mike Gapes: The argument that we should not proscribe Hezbollah in its entirety, to help development projects in Lebanon seems a little bit tenuous. Is the hon. Gentleman arguing that to maintain those development projects in Lebanon, we have to allow an organisation to parade on the streets of our capital city with its terrorist symbol of a gun and to intimidate and threaten the Jewish community and...


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