Results 301–320 of 2840 for speaker:Mike Gapes

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Mike Gapes: Given that we have Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook and all the other means of communication, those people already inform the debate in many ways. There is a democratic principle here. We should recognise what the Labour International co-ordinating committee said in the motion that it passed, which it asked me to bring to the attention of the House: “Many of the concerns about voting are related...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Mike Gapes: For the hon. Lady’s information, some of us tried to extend the franchise for the European referendum to the local government base, but we were defeated. Unfortunately, it was therefore simply based on those eligible to vote in a general election.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Mike Gapes: South.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Mike Gapes: Is my hon. Friend saying that somebody who has worked and contributed taxation in this country for 20, 30 or 40 years, and who then retires abroad and lives there for the next 20 or 30 years, is somehow disenfranchised even though they have paid taxes here?

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Mike Gapes: May I say as honorary president of Labour International that Labour party members all over the world will be outraged that my hon. Friend is referring to this as a manufactured injustice? It is an injustice, and there might well be other injustices, many of which he is referring to, but it is wrong to say this is a manufactured issue.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Mike Gapes: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Mike Gapes: I am very sorry that I was slightly late for this debate. I was in the Library and did not notice the screen, showing that the previous debate had finished. My friend—I can call him that for various reasons—mentioned Harry Shindler. He knows that I was also at the meeting with Harry Shindler. I have known Harry Shindler for many years. He has taken legal action against the Government,...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Mike Gapes: Is the hon. Member bringing his remarks to a conclusion?

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Mike Gapes: Before I call Back Benchers, I would like to make clear that I have to call the Front Benchers at 10.30 am. We have very limited time if all three Front Benchers are to get their full time and we are to give Mr Hammond time to make a brief comment at the end. I implore you to be brief, minimise your interventions, and if you have already intervened, please do not intervene again if you can...

Immigration White Paper (5 Feb 2018)

Mike Gapes: The Minister said that the issues around EU nationals in this country have been resolved. Is it not a fact that the European Commission made it clear that the circumstances of EU nationals married to British citizens who have chosen to come into this country using treaty rights under article 21 of the treaty of the European Union and the Surinder Singh judgment have not been resolved? Is...

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Mike Gapes: In 1993, when I informed the Chief Whip that my wife was going into hospital and that I intended to be at the birth, I was told, “That’s alright, as long as you’re here on Monday night to vote on Maastricht matters.” As it turned out, my daughter was born on the Sunday, and I was able to leave the hospital, come in and stay until 2.30 am. The dilemma applies to men as well as to women.

Foreign Affairs Committee (1 Feb 2018)

Mike Gapes: I obviously declare an interest as a member of the Committee that produced this unanimous report. If we leave the European Union, we inevitably lose influence. Does my friend the Chairman of the Committee believe that the Government have confronted the issue sufficiently and made proposals to remedy and ameliorate the loss of influence that will inevitably arise within Europe and European...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Mike Gapes: I declare an interest in that I am chair of the all-party parliamentary Crossrail group. Artefacts may be found and important discoveries may be made when the work is done, so can we ensure, just as with Crossrail, that the work is not done in such a way that will destroy the historic things that could be added to the displays about the heritage of our Parliament?

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Mike Gapes: Would it be wise to have thousands of visitors coming into a building where the walls have been opened and asbestos is floating around in the atmosphere? What recourse will members of the public have should they get illnesses as a result, given that there is supposedly Crown immunity in this building?

Proscription of Hezbollah (25 Jan 2018)

Mike Gapes: I am pleased that my right hon. Friend is bringing this issue to the House. I do not know whether she is aware of this, but in December the Government held a debate on the extension of proscribed organisations. During that debate, the Minister for Security and Economic Crime told me that only the military organisation of Hezbollah was proscribed, but that Hezbollah supporters who engaged in...

Points of Order (22 Jan 2018)

Mike Gapes: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. On Friday, the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor came to my constituency and attended a meeting in Redbridge town hall. I first knew about this today, from the website of the Ilford Recorder, to which the Secretary of State has given an extensive interview talking about policing, crime, youth crime and other issues relating to my borough and...

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes: Holocaust Memorial Day (18 Jan 2018)

Mike Gapes: My hon. Friend the Member for Leeds North West (Alex Sobel), in his absolutely powerful and moving speech, made reference to films. There is another—Steven Spielberg’s fantastic work “Shoah” in which survivors living at the time all gave their testimony, speaking in their own words for the record. Hopefully, those words will be there for generations to come. Twenty-one years ago, I...

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes: Holocaust Memorial Day (18 Jan 2018)

Mike Gapes: Valentines Park in Ilford, at the holocaust memorial garden, which was established on the initiative of the former council leader—still a Conservative councillor—Alan Weinberg. We will have our annual service there, and there will be young people from many different schools, including, as in recent years, young people from a Muslim school—the Al-Noor school. We have many different...

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes: Holocaust Memorial Day (18 Jan 2018)

Mike Gapes: I absolutely agree. I had not been to Auschwitz before 2013, when I went with a group of young people from schools in the south of England—there were not people from my constituency on the day that I was available. Every year, young people from many of my local schools go there, and those young people come back and talk about their experience, and spread the message in our community. In our...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Saving for rights etc. under section 2(1) of the ECA (16 Jan 2018)

Mike Gapes: Actually, I do not agree. The UK has far bigger clout in the world than a small island with a population of just 15,000. My hon. Friend is right that we will be damaged—there is no doubt about it—by self-inflicted harm, but, as President Donald Tusk pointed out today, we can of course change our minds and if we do so, he would be delighted. The position with regard to Anguilla is...


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