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The process to select the next Labour MP candidate for Ilford South will begin next week, despite incumbent MP Mike Gapes insisting he is not going to trigger a by-election.

Eight MPs have called on a church leader to axe plans to turn Catholic schools into academies.

Redbridge Council’s Labour leader Jas Athwal is calling for an Ilford South by-election after MP Mike Gapes resigned from the party yesterday.

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes will be “deeply missed” following his resignation from the Labour Party, Redbridge’s Labour group leader Jas Athwal has said.

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes is among seven MPs to quit the Labour Party and join an Independent Group.

Redbridge’s MPs, Labour and Conservative alike, put aside their political differences and were locked up for a day to raise money for a Woodford Green charity.

Redbridge MPs have been locked in a cell to raise money for ELHAP and won’t be let out until they’ve raised £1,000 each.

The answer is still – no. But Redbridge’s healthcare bosses are drawing up proposals for how emergency care can continue to be provided at King George Hospital for the next three years at least.

An Ilford mosque hosted an exhibition to celebrate the heroic Albanian Muslims who saved Jews during the Holocaust – defying protesters’ calls for its cancellation.

Labour MPs have called on Jeremy Corbyn to back another referendum after the prime minister’s Brexit deal was not supported by the House of Commons.

MPs representing Redbridge residents have joined forces with more than 200 other parliamentarians to call on the prime minister to stop suggesting that no deal Brexit is a credible option.

What year in the world of politics it has been, both on a national level and locally across Redbridge, and the Recorder has asked all of Redbridge’s MPs to give their personal highlights of 2018 - with everything from learning Spanish and finding out Saddam Hussein’s links to Wanstead, to Brexit and the celebration of 100 years of Armistice.

Ilford’s Labour MPs have called for a second referendum to be held on Brexit after prime minister Theresa May called off a Parliamentary vote on her deal.

All rough sleepers in the borough will be offered a bed to sleep in over the Christmas period until a pioneering pop-up hostel is up and running.

Every year a host of school students from across the borough are invited to a very special ceremony at Redbridge Town Hall to celebrate their hard work and achievements. This year the event was bigger than ever.

The prime minister has praised the work of Mitzvah Day as people around Redbridge held a special 10th birthday party and geared up for the UK’s biggest faith based day of social action.

MP for Ilford South, Mike Gapes, joined more than 500 other MPs to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy - a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

Residents gathered at the weekend to celebrate the imminent opening of the new lifts at Newbury Park Station – after nine years of campaigning.

King George Hospital is closing its cancer unit.

The mayor’s charity festival at the weekend was raising money for ELHAP - the adventure playground in Woodford Green that is specially built for children and young people with disabilities.

The seat of Ilford South is to remain unaltered under the latest Boundary Commission proposals, while the Wanstead area will be subsumed by Ilford North.

Thousands from the borough’s Sikh community sang hymns as they marched between temples in Barking and Seven Kings to mark the first revelation of holy scriptures.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes has insisted he has not resigned from the Labour Party, but refused to comment on allegations that he was ready to do so over “the stain of anti-semitism”.

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