1 November 2012
Labour’s Deputy Leader Harriet Harman was in Ilford on Saturday 27 October for the celebration event at Ilford Golf Club for Mike Gapes 20 years as Member of Parliament. 150 Party members enjoyed a meal and an evening of music and general celebration.
Harriet spoke of Mike’s years of work for Labour, and how he had raised the Labour majority from a mere 402 when first unexpectedly elected in this former Tory stronghold in 1992 to more than 11,000 today.
This year we managed to achieve having a Labour Mayor and Deputy, despite the Tory/Lib Dem coalition running the Council. Speaking as Mayor, Cllr. Muhammed Javed spoke of Mike’s dedication to the community.
In his message of thanks Mike spoke of the problems now being faced by Ilford people and the need to unite to work and defeat the Tories and LibDems to form a new Labour Government in 2015.
Thanks are due to the Musicians Union, the staff at the Ilford Golf Club and everyone who worked to make the event a success.
Our photo’s show Mike receiving his shirt from Harriet and Cllr. Dev Sharma. Harriet and Mike talking to GMB Stewards at their table, Mike with his mother and Harriet Harman and the Mayoress (top), and Mike and Harriet with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor Cllrs.Muhammad Javed and Elaine Norman.