Mike Gapes MP was first elected as Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Ilford South in April 1992. He was re-elected in 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2017. He contested Ilford North for Labour at the 1983 General Election.
Mike Gapes served as Chairman of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee from July 2005 to April 2010 and remains a member of the committee. He had previously served as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee from 1992 to 1997, and the Defence Committee from 1999-2001 and 2003 to 2005.
Mike Gapes was Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Northern Ireland Office from 1997 to 1999 and Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Home Office from 2001 to 2002. He was Chair of the Board of Governors of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy from 2002 to 2005.
Mike Gapes is a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and is on the Executive of the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). Mike is the Chairman of the All Party Crossrail Group.
He is a trustee of the Webb Memorial Trust; a Vice President of Ilford Football Club; Vice Chairman of Redbridge Chamber of Commerce; a Friend of Valentines Mansion and the Ilford Hospital Chapel. Mike Gapes is a member of Unite, the Co-operative Party and the Fabian Society.
Before his election to Parliament Mike Gapes worked at Labour Party Headquarters for 15 years including serving from 1988 to 1992 as International Secretary of the Labour Party, and prior to that as a Policy Research Officer and as the National Student Organiser of the Labour Party. Mike has also worked in the National Health Service, in Adult Education and as a Voluntary Service Overseas teacher in Swaziland, Southern Africa.
Mike Gapes was born in Wanstead Hospital on 4 September 1952. He was educated at Staples Road Infants School Loughton; Manford Primary School Hainault; Buckhurst Hill County High School; Fitzwilliam College Cambridge University and Middlesex Polytechnic.
Mike is a supporter and season ticket holder of West Ham United.