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Tier 5 Religious Worker Visas — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (4 Jul 2019)

Mike Gapes: Order. I know it is tempting to have a wider debate, but will Members, including Mr Howell, focus on the motion before us?

Tier 5 Religious Worker Visas — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (4 Jul 2019)

Mike Gapes: Will the hon. Gentleman speak to the actual motion?

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: BBC: Broadcasting Programmes (4 Jul 2019)

Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the BBC on proposals to reduce the availability of BBC 3 and BBC 4 television channels for people living outside the UK.

G20 and Leadership of EU Institutions (3 Jul 2019)

Mike Gapes: I am very disappointed that the Prime Minister did not mention in her statement the 500,000 dead, the 11 million people displaced from their homes and the millions from Syria in refugee camps in neighbouring countries. In her discussions with President Erdoğan and Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and with the UN Secretary-General and with Putin, did she do anything to press on them the need for a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Journalistic Rights and Freedoms (25 Jun 2019)

Mike Gapes: Will the Minister look at the situation of journalists in Turkey, and in that context, will he welcome the victory of the opposition in Istanbul as a sign that at least in Turkey there are people fighting against the authoritarianism of President Erdoğan?

Points of Order (24 Jun 2019)

Mike Gapes: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I am grateful for your statement, and also for that clarification, as far as it went. However, the Prime Minister said that she could not bind her successor. Presumably, the incoming Prime Minister may well reshape the Government, so any statements or commitments that are made now will not necessarily apply at the time when we have a new Prime Minister and,...

European Council (24 Jun 2019)

Mike Gapes: The Prime Minister made it clear that she was not present when Presidents Tusk and Juncker reported on the progress of Brexit to the 27. What does she think they will have said?

Gulf of Oman Oil Tanker Attacks (17 Jun 2019)

Mike Gapes: The Minister rightly referred to a pattern of behaviour by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Hezbollah and Houthi proxy allies. Could it be that the Iranian regime, or elements within it, wish to push up the world oil price at this time because their oil production is falling drastically and because of their internal economic crisis? Would it not be wiser to listen to our own...

Hong Kong (13 Jun 2019)

Mike Gapes: The Minister rightly criticised the Chinese ambassador’s remarks on “Newsnight” yesterday, but is this not part of a pattern, as has been said? Is it not clear that there is no independent judiciary in mainland China, so anybody who is either taken illegally—as has been the case in the past, as with the booksellers—or taken with the complicity of the Hong Kong Government authorities...

Free TV Licences: over-75S (11 Jun 2019)

Mike Gapes: It is not just this issue that is affected by the way the funding arrangements have changed. Until 2010, the BBC World Service was funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, but £253 million in funding was stopped and the BBC was given the responsibility. Does the Secretary of State accept that the FCO has subsequently given money to the BBC for language services, so there is a...

Yemen Peace Process (23 May 2019)

Mike Gapes: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Henley (John Howell). He raised important points about the Houthis, which I will come to in a moment. I am also grateful to the right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz) for securing this debate. Even though we in this country are obsessed with Brexit, and with who might be Prime Minister in three days’ time, other important issues...

Yemen Peace Process (23 May 2019)

Mike Gapes: In short, it is because the conflict has become a proxy. The Houthis are perceived by a large number of countries in the Arab world to be either proxies or puppets of the Iranian regime. I do not think that that is absolutely an accurate description, but it is clear that the Iranians are arming the Houthis. I have seen the remains of missiles with Iranian markings on, which were on display in...

Whorlton Hall: Business of the House (23 May 2019)

Mike Gapes: I join colleagues in paying tribute to Philippa Helme for the advice she has given and wish her a happy retirement. Many people who turn up at polling stations today will be told that they are not able to vote. Even though they are legally entitled to vote, they will have not received postal vote envelopes from their local authorities in time, or they may be EU nationals who have not been...

Leaving the European Union (22 May 2019)

Mike Gapes: After weeks of negotiations between a pro-Brexit Prime Minister and a pro-Brexit Labour leadership, it is clear that we have not been able to get an agreement on the terms of this process. It is also clear that no Parliament can bind its successor and no lame-duck Prime Minister can bind her successor. Is it not clear that this Parliament is unable to resolve these matters and that we should...

Definition of Islamophobia (16 May 2019)

Mike Gapes: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Definition of Islamophobia (16 May 2019)

Mike Gapes: I only intervene because he mentioned our Redbridge community and I want to pay tribute to the Redbridge Faith Forum and all the inter-faith work in Redbridge. The Muslims who are involved in that have done a fantastic job. Does he agree that inter-faith dialogue is the essence of dealing with these problems?

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: European Parliament: Elections (14 May 2019)

Mike Gapes: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will respond to (a) the letter sent to him on 28 April by the organisation New Europeans, (b) Early Day motion 2357, tabled on 1 May and (c) the oral contribution of the hon. Member for Ilford South, of 9 May 2019 on EU citizens voting in the European election on 23 May 2019.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: European Parliament: Elections (14 May 2019)

Mike Gapes: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to ensure that EU citizens in the UK who wish to vote in the EU elections are able to do so by (a) making the UC1 form which EU citizens need to complete in order to declare they are not voting in another EU member state available at all polling stations on 23 May 2019; (b) instructing all local authorities to write by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hezbollah (14 May 2019)

Mike Gapes: I too welcome the Minister. Will he confirm that Hezbollah is in Syria working as a proxy for the Iranian regime and the Assad Government, and has played a malign role, killing many, many innocent people in the Syrian conflict?

Acquired Brain Injury: Death of John Smith: 25th Anniversary (9 May 2019)

Mike Gapes: I vividly recall the morning the BBC announced that John Smith had been taken ill. I had a meeting with Liz Pearce, who had been my general election agent and who was a councillor. She had just won us our first position in Redbridge, where we were going to form a Labour administration. Liz worked for me, and we had to have a discussion about the implications of that win for our relationship...


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