Mike Gapes has been confirmed as the Labour and Co-operative Parliamentary candidate for the Ilford South constituency in the upcoming general election….reports Asian Lite News
“It is a great honour and privilege to have been chosen once again by the Labour Party, and supported by the Co-operative Party, to stand as Parliamentary Candidate in Ilford South. I was born in Redbridge and went to school in Hainault. I have lived in Ilford most of my life and my children went to local primary and comprehensive schools”, said, Mike Gapes while speaking on his candidacy,.
Mike also comments on the local issues he will fight on as he said that he have served this area as the MP for over 25 years and know very well the pressures that many constituents face.
“We have very good local schools, amongst the best in the country, but they face cuts imposed by the Conservative government of over £15 million by 2019.
“I have spent many years campaigning for better health provision in Ilford and to strengthen NHS services. However, the Conservative led government has overseen the biggest cuts to our public services and the NHS in a generation. The NHS and social care is now in crisis. The future of our A&E at King George Hospital is a key issue in this election”, Mike added.
Conservative Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt refused to intervene to stop the closure plans approved by his predecessor Andrew Lansley in 2011. Labour established the NHS, and Labour has said it would stop these closure plans. ”
“Theresa May wants to win a landslide victory so she can pursue a damaging hard Brexit. As the negotiations begin it will be more important than ever to have a strong pro-European Labour voice in Parliament”, says Mike while making his stand on Brexit.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that he knows Mike as a colleague and friend for many years. He is an experienced and effective campaigner and a strong voice for Ilford and London.
“Mike fought hard for Crossrail investment, for step-free access at Newbury Park, and to Save King George Hospital. Mike is a passionate voice for our country to remain in the European single market”, says Mayor Khan.
Leader of Redbridge Council Jas Athwal also lauds the candidates saying all are lucky to have an experienced and knowledgeable candidate like Mike Gapes as Mike has been a strong voice on local and national issues affecting Ilford.
“I know Mike worked incredibly hard to ensure tens of millions of pounds of Crossrail investment came to this area including the Ley Street train depot, and the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy next to the River Roding. Mike’s efforts have ensured that all Crossrail stations including: Ilford, Goodmayes, Seven Kings and Chadwell Heath stations will have step-free access”, said Jas Athwal